One thing to do during the Covid-19 lockdown?

In these uncertain times, the only thing that we can agree on is that things will get back to normal at some point. When this will take place is hotly debated, but for now, it is reassuring to know that the lockdown will not last forever.

The current situation prompted me to consider what we can do from a recruitment point-of-view. The first item on the list is to update your CV. We usually put this off, only to rush to update or even create a new one when our dream job becomes unexpectedly available. This may work occasionally, but more often than not, you’ll be left with the sour feeling that your CV could have been better. If you have ample time on your hands at the moment, why not take the opportunity to boost your CV, or even completely revamp it? When the world gradually opens up, you’ll be prepared for any new opportunities that may come your way.

After you have finished editing your CV, it’s always a good idea to ask a friend for their opinion of it. I regularly ask my candidates to do this. The best feedback you can ever get is from someone who knows you well and is willing to be candid with you. If you are not happy to send it to a friend, it is a sign that you are not ready to submit it to a recruiter or employer. Revise it until you are happy to send it to anyone and everyone.

You have to remember that a CV should be a true reflection of not only your experience and education, but also your personality. Try to incorporate more of yourself into your CV. Like-minded people will respond positively to this, and at the end of the day, those are the kind of people you will work best with.

I get asked a lot about the format of a CV and whether it makes a difference. I would love to say that content is the only differentiator between candidates, but this is not the truth. Style and format count. A memorable CV makes a great initial impression, because it allows recruiters or employers to recognize the effort that has gone into creating it. Therefore, the key is to make your CV as unique as possible. We would be happy to look over your CV and offer you feedback; just send them over to www.nejobsne1.com.

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