Increasingly we work with people without the need for CVs, however I still maintain they are a document worth having and worth keeping up to date.
You will benefit from an ongoing record of your working life.
This month: Draft or Update your CV
If you don’t have a CV then draft one, it is much easier to write one at your leisure than under pressure. I can send you a template to start from. If you have an existing CV then update it.
Add to your CV:
- Key achievements
- Interesting or unusual cases and deals
- Business development work: include specifics of clients bought in or quantifiable work generated along with any marketing activities.
- What new initiatives have you instigated at your firm or organisation? Which of your ideas have been taken on board successfully?
- Details of any organisation that you belong to/ accreditations that you have
Put everything down, you can always edit it at a later date. Make sure you quantify specific numbers or examples, of course without compromising client confidentiality. As a rule your current role should always contain the fullest information. Think about the amount of time you spent in a role. If you were with a firm for 5 years then two bullet points of information on what you did there is not enough.
Remember, your CV is your marketing document and you are allowed to blow your own trumpet!