General information on writing a CV.
When is the best time to have a CV drawn up? As soon as you are out of the college you should write your CV. Every six months you need to update your CV to contain the latest information as and when you complete any new degree, training or achievement.
Every time you apply for a new job, you need to re-write the CV which should be totally tailor-made to the job you are applying for. In order to do this, you should have researched deeply into the company's background as well as have identified the best personal traits and qualifications that match with the prescribed job requirements. Only then will your CV catch the attention of the prospective employer and you will gain the chance for an interview.
A common mistake is for people to draw up a general type of CV and only change the cover letter and send it to the companies. Nothing could be more harmful to your chances in getting an interview. Since each job is specific and has special requirements, there is no way a regular CV can match of all the jobs universally. Rather when the CV is not drawn to highlight your fit to the company, it is summarily rejected without further introspection.
It is important hence, to have a tailor-made CV for each job you are applying for. It is also important to have your CV continuously upgraded to include each and every aspect of your professional and personal (relevant) growth. You should, for best results, have a master CV in your computer that can be changed at the drop of a hat to fit any job requirements so it can be submitted properly. However, the master CV would slowly be polished to contain each and every facet on your professional and personal life. Then, whenever you need, you can pick those traits which are best suited to a particular job and wait for that interview letter.
Hence, you start writing your CV now, the sooner the better. When you have the CV written down well, your thoughts will also be organized particularly to your strengths and weaknesses and other aspects that you will be able to present better and better. The fact that you have control over the facts will in turn give you increased confidence which will clearly come through in your CV and your interview.
This is the importance of writing a CV in time. The timeliness of having this document ready will unleash a useful circle of processes by which you can only benefit. Do not wait till the last moment before you need to apply to write your CV. When in hurry and under duress, you will tend to leave out many beneficial points which would have otherwise gained you an interview with the company. Be careful in how you invest your time for your future - a small delay may cost you dearly.