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Over half of UK professionals don’t update their CV

A new study by TopCV finds more than half of UK professionals fail to update their CV often enough. Learn how often you should update your CV – and how to do so as painlessly as possible.

New research* reveals that over half (54%) of UK professionals are updating their CV less often than experts recommend.

 4,000 UK professionals were asked how often they update their CV,  it was discovered that 28% update their CV only when actively job-seeking, 14% update it once a year and seven percent every few years. Worryingly, five percent had never updated their CV since first writing it. Whilst there is no hard and fast rule regarding how often you should update your CV, experts in the CV-writing community advise individuals to regularly edit their CV with relevant information throughout the year, even if they have no immediate plans to change jobs.

Amanda Augustine, careers expert at TopCV, commented: ‘‘Whether or not you’re actively looking for a new job, nobody wants to be rushing to shape up their CV when their dream role comes up. The more frequently you update your CV, the less of a daunting chore it becomes”.

Augustine offers the following tips to make updating your CV as painless as possible:

  • Add the good news in real time.Incorporate the latest information to your CV whenever something significant happens, which could include earning a promotion or title change, transitioning to a new role or department, winning an industry award, as well as completing a programme or gaining a new qualification.
  • Quantify your new achievements.If you met or beat your quarterly goals, completed a big project ahead of time or below budget, or implemented a plan that increased website traffic or sales orders, be certain to support these claims with quantifiable results or concrete examples. You’re more likely to remember the details and have access to the necessary data when you add these accomplishments soon after they’ve taken place.
  • Look beyond the here and now. When updating your CV, review the entire document with your future job plans in mind. Focus on where you want to go next, not what you had done or are currently doing. For instance, if you’d like to transition to a management position, look for opportunities to rephrase some of your previous work history, modify your list of core skills, or incorporate new accomplishments that accentuate your leadership or mentorship capabilities.

‘‘Timely updates such as these typically take no longer than 30 minutes, allowing you to keep your CV up-to-date before the process becomes overwhelming”, adds Augustine. “If you’d prefer to make these types of changes in batches, then dedicate time once a quarter to dust off your CV and ensure it’s still an accurate reflection of your unique qualifications and career goals”.


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