Applying for jobs using an old CV?

I often receive emails asking if I have any vacancies, attaching a CV. For one such email, I had to point out that the CV attached needed a lot of work, so I offered my usual CV writing service. The reply was “no thanks, I’ll use what I’ve got.” I wasn’t that surprised, after all she was asking for a job, not asking me to re-write her CV! However, she did admit it was an old CV, it wasn’t up-to-date and that it could have been better. So it left me wondering why she sent it to me, what other jobs she had applied for with the same CV and if she had had any success with it so far.

Keep it up-to-date

Many old CVs may have worked for you years ago, but it’s highly unlikely to work for you nowadays. “Why not?”, I hear you ask.



The job market is still very competitive, with often over 100+ applicants per job, so your CV needs to be of a very high standard to stand out from the crowd and be noticed for the right reasons!

So, what should your CV contain?:

  • The first part of your CV needs to ‘sell you’ and encourage the reader to read further. It should include your personal profile, your key skills and your achievements so that the recruiter can immediately see what you offer and how hiring you could benefit them.
  • Don’t forget to add your key skills and achievements.
  • Keep your CV completely up-to-date, no gaps.
  • Add as much detail about each role as you can, without making it long-winded.
  • Go back about 10 years in your career history, then summarise the rest.
  • Create a ‘Master’ CV and make a tailored version for every job you apply for.

I cannot emphasise strongly enough that if you are job hunting, make sure your CV is completely ready before you continue, or you will be missing opportunities. Why take that chance?

For help to get your CV right first time:

Call Sue: 01825 761890

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