If you are thinking about a job change…even just considering it…your CV needs updating.

Using the same CV you’ve used for many years without considering strategy, modern tactics, or next-level job alignment is risky.

Take this example:

A successful Head of Research & Development reached out to me because the PERFECT role had presented itself. He needed to update his CV. Alas, there wasn’t time for us to work together before the application deadline. So, he took a chance with his old CV and sent it in.

And he heard nothing but crickets.

He knew he was qualified for the role. He even had an inside contact in the company who thought he would be a great fit.

When he reached out to his contact to investigate his application, his feedback was that the CV wasn’t demonstrating the fit. The file was written for the job he had, not the job he wanted…and he was asked to UPDATE the CV and resubmit.

Good thing he got a second chance. Not everyone does.

Yes, updating a CV takes time. You need to:

1.      Know Yourself. How do your skills and experiences align with the role you want? Do you understand what sets you apart from other candidates, and can you articulate your value through precise details and examples?

2.      Know Your Audience. General resumes don’t work, so pinpoint a job and target CV content for unique pain points. You must demonstrate alignment between your skills and the job needs.

3.      Know What Matters Most. You likely have a rich background of skills and expertise. But not all details are equal for each job opportunity. Cut out unrelated details in your CV and showcase facts, achievements, and specifics that resonate with the target audience.

Not updating your CV could mean you are left spinning your wheels, extending a job search or even having to settle for lower-level roles.

Why risk it?