Keeping your CV up to date on a regular basis, is it worth it? It can be tempting to forget about your CV once you’ve secured a new position or have been happily in your job for a couple of years – allowing it to accumulate virtual dust in the depths of your PC’s files or very real dust in the back of your drawer – but even if you’re not searching for a new position there are some very good reasons why you should keep your CV up to date.

1. So, you don’t forget

If you only update your CV as and when you need it, there’s a good chance you’ll have forgotten a good chunk of the seemingly insignificant, but important, skills you’ve acquired over the years.

It’s best to note down accomplishments and skills as they happen, or you risk them drifting off. While they might seem unimportant at the time, they might come in handy in the future.

2. In case you want to pursue a side hustle

If you’re looking for additional ways to supplement your main income, you may be on the lookout for a side job. The great thing about having your CV up to date is that when you’re ready to start looking for side opportunities, you can start sending out applications straight away. No need to worry about spending time (and effort!) updating an out of date CV.

3. If you’re in temporary employment

If you’re a temporary worker, you’ll understand the trials and tribulations of moving jobs on a regular basis and the effort behind updating your CV ready to apply for new jobs.

By keeping your CV up to date, when a temporary contract comes to an end you’ll be prepared and can start working with your recruitment agency straight away to find your next role.

4. If a new opportunity arises at work

It doesn’t matter if you’re in temporary or permanent employment, an opportunity may pop up at work – it might be moving from a temp to a perm contract or a step up into a higher position – and even though you’ve been recommended for it, you still have to go through the formalities of submitting an application form.

By having an up to date CV to hand, you’ll be able to submit an application quickly, showing that you’re passionate and committed to the job.

5. Identify areas for development

By having all your experience and skills laid out in front of you, it’s easy to see any areas where you can continue to develop yourself. Without regularly reviewing your CV, there’s a good chance you could miss great development opportunities because you’re not aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

If you need help updating your CV or if your CV is ready to be put in front of employers, get in contact with the Bluestones One team to find out how we can assist you.