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CV Updates – Why it pays to do them for each and every job application

There is a special power that a large majority of recruiters have, you might not know they possess it, but they are able to tell a generic, batch job application from one that has been written from scratch. Whilst you may want to save time and effort by creating (and then sending) generic applications, you could actually be harming your chances of getting your dream role. But why is this?

What makes an updated CV so much better for you?

It ensures that your relevant skills and experience stand out…

When someone is looking for you to take on a role in their company, they are going to want to make sure that you can carry out the tasks that they need. This means that they will be looking at the relevant experience that you have and making sure that it matches in with what they need. If you send out a generic CV, then there is a relatively low chance that you will have made sure that these factors stand out, which means that despite being perfect for the job, your application gets overlooked.

It gives you time to read through it…

The last thing that you are going to want is to send over a CV that is packed full of mistakes, this is never going to put you in the best light. By planning in time to tailor and change up your CV, you will also be able to give it a good old read through. This can help you to pick out errors, or simply make sure that you have included everything that you wanted to.

It shows that you are making an effort…

Whilst recruiters understand that sometimes you will be applying for multiple jobs, they don’t like to feel like just another job application. This means that recruiters can sometimes be easily put off by applications that are a generic cut and paste job. If you take the time to re-write, amend and tailor your CV or job application, then you showing them that you really care about what they think and that you are making an effort to apply for that particular role.


As you can see, it really does pay to tailor your CV for every single job application. If the job doesn’t feel that it is worth the effort, then maybe that is your mind telling you that you know the job isn’t for you and that you need to look for a role that you will feel happy to spend the time updating your CV for.

Taking a look at the skills, experience and any other piece of information on your CV is incredibly valuable and something that any job seeker should be looking to do. Otherwise, you could be left rejected and that one step further away from your dream career!

Read through our Writing a Perfect CV guide to make sure you hit as many of the points as possible >