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How CVs Have Changed

With the constant advancements in technology and regular changes in the job industry, it’s no wonder the way we write CVs has changed. Search engines are among the most significant technology developments. With updates such as Google for Jobs or new job board websites. If you want your CV to be found online, you must learn how to update your CV.

Today, a person must market themselves. They should be considering the visual appearance of the CV as well as including the keywords and appropriate

The Digital Era

Years ago, when CVs were not stored on databases in electronic format, CV length was highly important. When recruiters had to keep a person’s CV in a large filing system, keeping it short and to 1 page would have been the best option. This means CVs were the bare bones.

They used to include information on their CV such as marital status, date of birth and nationality. Laws prohibit employers from seeking this information out. You cannot base a hire on their age, race or relationship status. If an employer wants to gain more information about you as a person, they could search for you social media profiles.

It’s therefore important to align your online presence with your CV. It is basically a necessity to market yourself online. It creates your own personal brand, as well as making you more visible. By establishing your personal brand you can distinguish yourself from other job seekers.

Appearance

An old CV would have been written on a typewriter. The format would have been incredibly simple, and it would generally only be 1 page long. With Microsoft Word and other alternatives there are great design opportunities. However, keep in mind that applicant tracking systems cannot properly read heavily formatted CVs. Therefore, try not to overly design your CV, but rather keep it professional and easily readable.

Previously, job hunters would have used coloured paper or special envelopes to get noticed. These techniques were a way to get the hiring managers attention. Nowadays, applicant tracking systems, online job boards and LinkedIn are how hiring managers find their candidates. They aren’t paying attention to bright colours or sparkles. They search for a ‘keyword’ in order to find their perfect candidate.

On the top of your CV should be your name, address, phone number and email address.

Content

Forty years ago, a CV usually started off with an objective. The person would include a couple of sentences to state the job they were looking for and what sector or company they wanted to be working in. For example, “seeking a challenging job in the recruitment industry”.

Nowadays a CV begins with a summary of the job seeker’s strengths. It tells the reader exactly what the person can offer and the value you can bring to the position.

In your Word Experience section, you should no longer just list the duties that your job entailed. Instead, you need to clearly point out the key accomplishments you achieved while working at the company.

Things to Consider

The file name. When sending your CV on email, or uploading it online, your file name is visible to all. An appropriate name would be Your Name’s CV e.g. John Smith’s CV.

The font and size. You need to make your CV easily readable and clearly visible on all devices. Your text may seem inconsequential, but it can be a big turn-off to recruiters if they cannot read your CV without having to squint.

Tailoring your CV. Having relevant accomplishments and skills on your CV is essential to fit each individual position. Edit your CV for each job to succeed.