The New Year is a time for change, making plans and re-evaluating goals. It’s also a great time to give your CV a face lift. You’re ready for a new start, and so is your career. If you’re looking to take your career to the next level, here are six ways to do an easy CV revamp right now!
#1 Download a pretty template.
It’s simple and many of them are free! We’ve rounded up our favourite pretty templates, but there are so many more available just by doing a quick Google search.
#2 Try adding a little colour to your name or header.
That way, it will stand out amongst a stack of papers while still looking professional.
#3 Do you have any extra-curriculars on your CV?
Adding a brief list of your personal interests and hobbies (relevant to your career and skills of course) will show prospective employers what you’re passionate about and committed to in your spare time. Extra-curriculars say a lot about you, especially to somebody who doesn’t know you very well.
#4 Cut down your sentences to bullet points and increase the blank space between lines of text.
Readability is very important; you don’t want anybody reading your CV to skim over important details.
#5 Google the occupation you are applying for to see what keywords pop up frequently.
It would be a good idea to include some of these keywords in your resume. Skimmers will catch them right away before delving into further details of the document.
#6 Use a resume builder
If you really don’t know where to start, an online tool like LiveCareer’s Template Builder will help you out. It has lots of basic templates to choose from and will even let you create a matching cover letter, which takes some of the fear out of creating a CV.
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Written by Britany Powell