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You’ve made the decision to look for a new role, you’re ready for a change and you’re excited for the future, but your CV hasn’t been updated for longer than you’d like to admit. 

You look at your CV and don’t know where to start. 

You’re wondering where is my latest role going to fit? How do I include the most important information? And what should I take out?

This may seem overwhelming, but don’t panic. With develop’s six CV tips updating your CV will be seem far less daunting.  

First things first, before you start making changes, remember the purpose of your CV and ultimately what its goal is. The right CV will get you in front of Recruiters or Hiring Managers quicker, and this will massively impact the time it takes for you to secure your next role.   

1.    Keep it clear and concise 

You might think this is obvious, however, the way you present your CV has a bigger impact than people think. On average, employers spend six seconds looking at a CV, the clearer it is, the more likely it is that they’ll engage. Go back to basics and remember these three simple tips next time you go to edit your CV: 

- Space out sections 
- Make sure the headers stand out
- Use a font that’s easy to read

2.    Start with the facts

When looking at a CV it’s important to start with the facts: who are you, what’s your location, and what’s the best way to contact you? The upper middle of your CV is known as ‘the hotspot’ and it’s where the reader’s eye naturally falls. We suggest including some of the most important information here.  

3.    Introduce yourself

Once you’ve covered the essentials, move on to more details about yourself. These can be professional or personal, it’s your chance to give the reader an insight into who you are:  

- What are any career highlights?
- What are you most proud of? 
- What are your key skills? 

Your CV is your shop window, and you want to stand out from the crowd. Highlight things about you that will make the biggest impact to the Recruiter or Hiring Manager.  

4.    Your career

This is your chance to speak about your professional experience, the day-to-day responsibilities, and project outcomes. Use assertive and positive language such as ‘achieved’ or ‘developed’ to showcase and highlight your experience, and always relate this back to the role you’re applying for. As well as discussing responsibilities, remember to reiterate results to showcase your accomplishments. 

5.    Training, education, and courses 

What have you done additionally to enhance your career? Working in a role and getting hands on experience is great, but demonstrating traits such as an ambition to learn new skills, and your willingness to continuously improve is invaluable to businesses. Showing you’re self-motivated by staying up to date with trends and technologies is a skill that businesses love.

6.    Check, check, check 

You’ve finished your CV. It looks good, your skills are highlighted and you’re confident in what’s been written. You’ve applied for roles, but you haven’t had much response. You look back on your CV and there’s a mistake; the worst feeling. 

Whether this is a typo or a grammatical error these small mistakes can be the difference between a screening call, a technical test, or a first stage interview.

develop has over 10 years in successfully placing candidates in some of the worlds most exciting businesses. Do you want to chat to one of the team about a new role? Or maybe even to get some advice on how to enhance your CV? Don’t be shy, send us a message! 



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