Freelancer’s Question: When or at what stage should I get my CV reviewed? And will it be worth it? I’m on-contract currently but have applied for a few opportunities though without too much success so far.
Expert’s Answer: As a freelancer seeking new opportunities in the current, competitive jobs market, having an up-to-date CV that really sells your capabilities and achievements is absolutely essential.
Your CV is your own personal marketing tool and it is vital that the right information is included and presented in the most effective way.
Recruiters will often scan over CVs in twenty or thirty seconds so it is crucial that the key information is communicated effectively. Your CV is the most important document in your career – so do make sure it is working for you and NOT against you.
Never lose sight of the fact that your CV has one key purpose – to get you to an interview! Having your CV reviewed by professional CV writers will help to ensure that prospective clients or employers take notice of your CV, out of the multitude they will receive!
Remember you are competing against other freelancers who may or may not have a better skill-set and experience – but sometimes that can be irrelevant. It can often be the best presented and effective CV that will allow the hirer to identify a relevant match.
Professional CV writers have the skills, experience and expertise required to critically review your CV against a wide range of essential criteria and can provide constructive feedback on how and where your CV needs improving.
They are trained and experienced in identifying the common mistakes which recruiters and clients always pick up on and they know exactly what should be included in a freelancer’s CV and where. Their expertise also enables them to advise on how best to present your CV, including making recommendations for the most appropriate font and the order that the information is presented in.