Updating your CV
You may not be looking for new opportunities at the moment, but at some time in your future career you will use it. CV writing in English can be a bit tricky when you don’t keep it up-to-date on a regular basis. Reflecting now on the last 12 months and your successes, while things are still fresh in your memory, will mean your CV is ready when you need it, detailed and with all the important information to make a great impression.
Updating your CV with a purpose
When writing about your responsibilities and achievements, start each sentence with a dynamic verb. These show action and progress over a period of time, and will give the reader the impression of things being done.
Dynamic verbs are rarely used in the Present Simple tense. If you’re writing about activities which are still happening, use the progressive verb+ing. For example:
- Managing a team of 10 engineers based in Romania and Slovakia.
- Developing state of the art software for scanning equipment used at Heidelberg training hospital’s head trauma clinic.
If you’re writing about a project which has finished, start each sentence with a dynamic verb in the Past Simple tense. For example:
- Negotiated contractual deadlines with customers.
- Organized supply and delivery of system components.
You can make your CV stand out amongst other by using dynamic language. Take a look at your CV and make some changes to help you get that dream job you have been looking for! Let us know of any specifics questions on writing well when updating your CV in the comments area below.