When to update your CV

There is no need to convince anybody (or so we hope) that a good-quality CV is a crucial element in the job hunting process. And without doubt you’ve heard that “your CV is your business card” at least once in the course of your career.

Now the question may arise, “When are you actually in job hunting mode?”

At a CEO round table during which career management was the leitmotiv, one CEO approached me afterwards and said, “Sandra, I really like the idea of CEO-only meetings, but should we not split the group into CEOs who are looking for a job and those who are not?” To which I replied, “Well, from my experience everybody is looking for a job – some just don’t know it (yet).”

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When applying to job ads

Looking at our data, 12% of accepted job offers by our clients, experienced managers & executives, were generated from applying to job ads. Half of it stems from LinkedIn.

Everybody, irrespectively of their seniority, should apply these tips that have been shared by Jobbatical. Here some snippets:

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CVs & Age Discrimination

This topic returns regularly: age discrimination when searching for a job.

In order to be successful at job hunting, the stats tell us that experienced managers who are 50+ need:

  • approx. 2 weeks longer to find a job
  • to build longer target lists of companies when applying
  • to be more selective / thoughtful when preparing said list

There are also tips on how to improve the CV, in order not to scream “I’m close to retirement”:
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3 signs that you’re a bad candidate

The scary truth is: headhunters and recruiters are very sensitive to some warning signs that whether you – as a candidate – might be potentially troublesome down the line. If you show any of them, you can be sure that you will not be kept in the recruitment process. Here the most important “red lights”: Read more