Why Write a CV?
Why You Need a CVEven if you're planning on being self-employed throughout your entire professional life, it still behooves you to have a current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV). This document has many implications and you'll find it practical in a number of settings. Below, a few of the most relevant uses for a CV are outlined.
For EmploymentAs any job seeker knows, a CV is almost always invaluable when searching for a situation or appointment. Yes, there may be times when a CV is unnecessary, as in some laborer professions or hourly part-time positions, but it is usually essential.
The CV is often the first introduction a prospective employer has with a potential employee; thus, this document holds a special power. The impression it gives can land someone an interview, making it a critical piece of job hunting equipment.
Even if you're already working, you will want to keep your CV up-to-date, as some personnel departments periodically like to request new CVs from current employees. And if your organisation merges with another, you may even have to "reapply" for your own position (yes, it's happened.) In that case, a CV will come in quite handy and could save you from losing your paycheque.
For AuthorityIf you work on your own, it's still important to have a CV at the ready. Many times, new clients will want to see this document to ensure that you have the proper credentials to perform the service you're selling. That way, they can feel comfortable hiring you.
As a business owner, you may even want to put your CV (or an abbreviated version of it) on your website to further "legitimise" your credentials to prospective customers. After all, a CV is a reflection of your accomplishments; why not show them off a little?
For Media RelationsShould you find yourself in a job where you regularly deal with the media, a CV can be beneficial. Often, reporters will ask for a CV in addition to (or instead of) an interview; thus, they can "beef up" an article about you and/or your company by using information gleaned from your CV.
If you are a sole proprietor, you may even want to include your CV in press packets when you send out releases. Again, this will ensure that journalists and publishers have your correct, updated information should they choose to print anything about you or your establishment.