Updating Your CV – Career Coaching Tips

Updating Your CV – Career Coaching Tips

Our Career Managers at Career Intelligence are confronted with questions on ‘Updating Your CV‘ very regularly, and this isn’t surprising as a CV is not only the first step to getting a new job or position, but also an insight into who you are professionally (and sometimes personally, too). There are a few important rules when it comes to updating your CV, such as how to present and format it, but there are also a number of misconceptions about CV’s.

Updating Your CV The Right Way

There are times in a Senior Executive’s life when he/she needs to find a new career, and with this comes the need for a CV update. The two key components to a great CV are content and formatting – Not only do you need to present yourself and your professionalism (including experience and achievements) but you need to present it in the right way. One misconception about the layout of a CV is that it needs to begin with your

education. But you need to ask yourself if it is important whether or not the person reading it needs to know where you graduated from High School a number of decades ago? Do you not think it more important that the employeer or recruiter can identify what makes you the best person for the job? Watch the video with Colin Duncan to learn more about updating your CV.

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Emma is the Senior Relationship Manager at Career Intelligence. She is also the Agony Aunt for the Career Intelligence blog, helping with any questions or issues that expatriates moving abroad may have.


  1. conor lawson
    January 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I note your comments re lay out of CV. However, if you are a consultant and looking for contracts with E.U, World Bank funded projects you have to submit you CV in a specific format as the CV are electronic scanned, so no choice as to how your CV will look.



  2. Emma
    January 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Hi Conor,

    Thank you for your comment! Yes, in some cases you may have to follow a strict format, however these cases are usually very rare and as a result of this uniformed formatting everyone is on an equal par. What we are trying to do is educate our clients with the knowledge to ensure their CV’s (which don’t have to follow a specific format) are not holding them back and that the key areas are highlighted for the employer to see.

    Many thanks,


  3. Shahid
    January 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I havent find any video link with your amil to amke any coments.

  4. Emma
    January 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Hi Shahid,

    You can find our ‘CV’ video at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv4ns6OE83k

    You can also find our YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/careerintelligence

    Please do click the ‘subscribe’ button on our YouTube channel page so that you will receive our latest videos as soon as they’re released!

    Many thanks,