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Why it is important to have an up to date CV even when you’re not looking for a new role

Life passes us by at what seems like supersonic speed sometimes, and as the wind changes so does the job market.  At Sacco Mann we specialise in Legal and IP recruitment, and given the incredible buoyancy of the current market, we really can’t underestimate the importance of having a strong CV for your job search. 

Rumor has it employers only spend an average of 7 seconds looking at your CV before they make a decision on whether to keep reading or reject it. This means that in a very short space of time it is integral that you capture your reader’s attention. Having a knowledgeable and well-connected recruitment consultant to support your application and ensure it’s fully considered is even better!

At Sacco Mann we are committed to connecting talent with opportunity and above all our number one priority is making sure that we match the right candidates with the right role. A major part of our job is to build a relationship with you, to understand what’s most important to you, and to ensure that’s reflected in your application. We want to understand what makes you tick, what you don’t like, as well as what interests you, so that we can represent you as best we can. 

Above all we have seen time and time again the benefits of keeping your CV up to date and relevant, even if you’re not actively looking for a role or thinking about moving jobs. View this as a way of keeping your career under review as it will enable you to keep track of new skills you have acquired, training you have undergone and milestones you have reached. Doing this will also ensure that you’re promoting yourself in the best way possible at all times, whether that’s:

to a potential client (e.g. having a CV ready for a tender pitch)
to your boss (having it ready for your next review or promotional pitch) 
or to a potential new employer

Our 22 years' of experience mean that we have seen our fair share of CVs, giving us the knowledge to be able to provide you with support and advice at any point during your career, regardless of whether you are looking for a new role or not. 

So here are our top three pieces of advice for things to look out for when updating your CV: 

SELL YOURSELF
We see this within almost every CV, a brief description of what you’ve trained for years to do. Without bragging or storytelling, aim to summarise all of the demonstrable experience you have. Make your achievements clear, highlight your relevant experience and ensure that your extracurricular activities and interests are emphasised too. Your transferable skills compliment your practical skills and often culture fit is just as important as the imperative expertise and practice required, so be sure to sell yourself and sing your own praises. 

GRAMMAR & SPELLING
One of the biggest errors in a CV is sloppy writing. A few of the major players in the ‘no-no’ field are: incorrect tenses, capital letter inconsistencies and punctuation. Write coherently and if you start with the past tense, continue with the past tense, it highlights your written ability from the outset. Good grammar instantly shows that you have strong literacy skills and this is something that employers specifically look for. Many CVs include bullet points (which is a good way to pin point your skills without going off on a tangent) however some points end with a full stop and many do not, either is fine – just make sure all points have the same ending. Consistency demonstrates professionalism and attention to detail!

STICK TO THE TRUTH!
This one doesn’t really need spelling out. If you make up something on your CV chances are that somewhere down the line you will get caught out. It really isn’t worth the risk.
 
At Sacco Mann we are a source for support at any point during your career, not just as an agent to help people move jobs. Interacting with us in this way will be sure to have lasting benefits for you and your career. Don’t believe me? Take a look at our testimonials page to see what some of our clients and candidates have said about their experiences with us over the years. 

 


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