Rod Cornwell (International Director, Thomas International) gives expert video advice on: I am looking for work - do I need a CV?; I'm not currently looking for work - do I need a CV? and more...
What is a CV?
CV stands for curriculum vitae. A CV is a document, ideally two pages long, which gives a future employer a history of what you've done in the past. A curriculum vitae would look at your previous work experience, your education and your hobbies and interests.
How often do I need to update my CV?
It's important that you keep your CV as up-to-date as possible. If you change jobs, make a note of it on your CV. If you've just finished another qualification, make sure you note it on the CV also.
I am looking for work - do I need a CV?
If you're looking for work, it's absolutely imperative that you provide a CV to your future employer. They need your CV to know exactly what you've done in the past, so that they can make a judgment about employing you.
I'm not currently looking for work - do I need a CV?
Even if you're not looking for work currently, it's a good idea to keep your CV up to date. Keep it on file somewhere, just make sure that it's up to date just in case your circumstances change and you decide to look for work.
Can I pay someone else to write my CV for me?
There are several very good companies out there that can provide a very good CV writing service for you. What I would suggest you do is have a look on the internet where there are several very good examples you will be able to find.