This month has been all about getting ready to go back to work, as my maternity leave ends on May 31st, one day after the geekson’s first birthday. I am lucky in having a family-friendly employer that allows me to take that long, and also in having enough savings to be able to afford it.
However, all good things must come to an end, and as my return to work date approaches I have been doing several things to prepare myself to go back. Step one of this process was to update my CV (Curriculum Vitae) in readiness for applying to new roles. I hope there aren’t too many other new mums facing the threat of redundancy, but that was the situation I was in, and so it was imperative that I had an up-to-date and attractive CV to enable me to apply for internal (and, in the worst case scenario, external) vacancies. Even if you have a job, it’s still a good idea to update your CV regularly, so that you don’t find yourself having to remember years and years of job history all of a sudden if something unexpected happens.
I’ve had the same CV layout since I left University some *mumble* years ago, and quite frankly it wasn’t up to the job any more. Years of amendments meant that I had messed the Word template up so much that the alignment was all over the place, and quite frankly the whole thing looked dated.
However, help was at hand, in the form of my friend Emma. Emma runs a business called Spinning Careers which provides a full personal career service, including CV review. I sent her my horribly laid out CV, and she re-wrote it and improved the layout dramatically to bring it up to date. We then had a chat on the phone to clarify a few things, then Emma did the final updates, and voila! I had a lovely new, up-to-date CV.
If you need to update your CV I highly recommend Emma’s service at Spinning Careers. She was professional, prompt and efficient, at the same time being friendly and empathetic. The only time I had slight doubts was when she advised me to rewrite my career summary into the third person (“Ruth did this, Ruth did that”) rather than the first person (“I did…”), mostly because I’m not comfortable talking about myself that way. However, she explained why I should do it, and as she knows more about this field than I do I was happy to accept it! For the services she offers I think her prices are extremely reasonable – here is her full list of services available and prices.
I have now managed to successfully secure myself a new internal role with my employer, which my new CV will have contributed to, so thank you Emma!
Disclosure: Emma is a friend of mine. I have received no compensation for this review, and used her Spinning Careers service as a normal customer.