Signs That You May Need to Change Your CV

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Published: 31 Dec 2017      

Whether you’re applying for an ultrasound, sonographer, or radiographer job, there’s one common issue that you need to address – your CV.

We’ve spoken at length about crafting a CV in previous posts, including talking about great activities to add and mistakes to avoid.

Nevertheless, you may still find that you’re not receiving the replies that you’d hoped for after putting your CV out there. There are plenty of signs that tell you that it’s time to give your CV a refresher. Here are a few of them.

Sign #1 – You Can’t Get an Interview

The simplest sign is also the most important. If you aren’t getting any interviews, then your CV is likely not working for you.

There are other reasons that you may not get interviews, of course. If you’re applying for positions that you’re not qualified for, you won’t get any calls.

However, assuming you meet the requirements, you’re CV may be too blame. Don’t be too harsh on yourself, but cast a critical eye over your CV. Put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter. Identify the unneeded information, and the overly-wordy passages. Think about the layout and how it appears to a potential employer. Make some changes and keep experimenting until those interview offers start coming.

Sign #2 – It’s an Old CV

You’re constantly learning and doing new things during the course of your career. However, it’s entirely possible that you don’t update your CV along with your new skills. This is especially the case if you’ve been in a job for a long time. After all, why would you need to update when you’re already working?

This attitude may come back to bite you if you find yourself searching for a new role. If you haven’t updated your CV for several years, you may have forgotten about key skills and achievements that you could add.

Check the CV ever six months, making little updates as you do. You want to keep it fresh and ready to send out straight away.

Sign #3 – You’ve Taken a Career Break

Perhaps you’ve taken time away from your work to do something new. It’s not at all rare for people to take breaks from their careers so that they can go travelling or start a family. Whatever the reason may be, a break in your career creates a gap on your CV that you have to fill.

As soon as you’re ready to head back into work, check your CV. Firstly, you want to ensure that your work history is as up-to-date as possible. You may have been so excited to start your break that you forgot to update your CV when you left your previous job.

After that, think about anything new that you can add. Your break may have allowed you to take on new experiences and develop additional skills that could prove useful in work. Make sure your CV is a reflection of who you are after the break, rather than who you were before it.

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