CV update4 tips for a renewed resume
Tips for your cv update
Before you start with your CV update it's useful to think about how your profession has changed since the advent of the pandemic. We explain how you can ensure your CV reflects this.
1. Emphasise your change management experience or mindset
The agility with which many organisations have had to react to the Covid-19 crisis has been incredible, with some workforces moving entirely to remote working and processes being rebuilt from the ground up.
So, if you have ever had to adapt your own working practices quickly and successfully in response to challenging circumstances – especially if this involves implementing new technology or managing various stakeholders – then this should be highlighted in your CV update. The experience you will have gained is invaluable and demonstrates your resourcefulness and ability to respond well to change.
If you don’t have this experience, then you should stress the soft skills you have which indicate you are someone with the right attitude to dealing with change. These include:
2. Update your CV with any new skills learnt during lockdown
One outcome of the Covid-19 lockdown for some may be additional free time. This may be as a result of being put on temporary furlough leave, or simply due to the restrictions on movement currently being imposed by the government, but it could be the perfect opportunity for you to get some new skills on your CV and pre-emptively give your career a boost.
Some examples of skills you could learn during this time you can see below.
All of these are examples of skills that have the dual merits of being in-demand and easy to learn from home. Your CV update with any newly-acquired expertise shows both your commitment to independent learning, and initiative in terms of using furlough leave or free time productively.
The infiltration of new technologies into jobs at every level means that digital skills are everincreasingly under the spotlight, and so a great place to look at honing your skills could be coding, with Codeacademy an excellent place to start.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to master Google Analytics, then Google’s Analytics Academy should help you get a handle on how to grow business through intelligent data collection and analysis.
OpenLearn, the Open University’s free learning arm, can help you brush up on your writing skills.
3. Be open to trying something new
The long-term reality of the Covid-19 crisis may mean that we see surges in demand, industry shifts and emerging trends that have a sustained impact on not just the job market, but the world at large.
Demonstrating flexibility and openness to new opportunities on your CV may well pay dividends, and lead you to gain experience in an area that you might not have otherwise, and discover strengths you didn’t realise you had.
Whilst technical ability has always and will continue to be important, remember that soft skills emerge time and time again as a key priority for prospective employers. Showcasing these on your CV by highlighting relevant experience and examples of times you’ve demonstrated excellent communication, emotional intelligence and willingness to learn will show how indispensable your adaptability makes you. In a world now shown to be beset by change at all sides, it is this quality that will keep your career on the right trajectory, whatever the future holds.
4. Consider your recruiter your lifelong career partner and career consultant
When it comes to road mapping your future career and brushing up your CV, working with a consultant can be vital. As experts on the world of work, they are best placed to advise you on the skills you should try to capitalise on, which skills are most in-demand and which are most likely to be emerging amidst the current challenges.
A recruiter will also be able to provide you with valuable interview coaching and advice about how to frame your experience against the current job landscape on your CV.