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CVs and Resumes: Should You Resubmit After Revising Your CV?

Updated on May 28, 2010
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Are there circumstances under which it is okay to resubmit a revised CV?

Copyright © 2005-2010. Margit Selvey, MSc

Someone asked me a question about what do to when you have sent out “generic” CVs to companies in a broadcast fashion and then realized afterwards that perhaps this was the wrong approach.

If you are in this situation and are thinking that it might have been wiser to have customized your CV to the specific companies and specific positions, here are some points to consider.

The question of whether or not to resubmit a revised CV is going to depend on the circumstances under which you sent your CV in the first place. There are three criteria which should factor into your decision to do this or not.

1. The first criterion is whether or not your CV was sent in response to a position with a clear closing date. If the closing date has passed, it would probably be a waste of time to resubmit.

2. The second criterion is whether or not you have already received a reply from the company declining an interview. If this is the case, again, it probably would be unwise to resubmit, or at least wait a few months before you do.

3. Finally, if the closing date has not yet passed, or if you have sent your CV to a company without an advertised position, and you have not yet received a reply, it may be worthwhile to resubmit a revised CV. That said, you need to ensure your revised CV is clearly different than the original one you sent. In other words, it should be truly customized to the advertised (or other position you may be aware of within the company). Otherwise, sending your CV again may appear as though you are being overly pushy. You don't want to end up on their 'to never be considered again' list.

I would only ever recommend doing this if you know quite a bit about the company, know why you want to work for them and you have a clear picture in your mind of where and how you will fit into the organization.

If you do resubmit your CV, you will also need to write a compelling, well-written cover letter as this letter is going to be your best ally in this situation. Below are the main points this cover letter should include:

- You need to explain that the work experience listed in your original CV reflects different applications of your skills in a very general way and that, in afterthought, you felt that it did not adequately emphasise your relevance to the role to which you were applying.

- Within this cover letter, you need to make it clear that you would really like to work for that specific company and why.

- You need to point out the elements of your experience or training which you believe most strongly support your candidacy for the position.

- Let them know what you believe you have to offer to their company.

- Finally, don’t forget to close the cover letter by asking them for an opportunity to meet with them face-to-face for an interview.

Of course, there is always the possiblity where the CV you thought was too generic does result with an invitation to an interview.

In this case, you can revise and customize your CV to bettter reflect your abilities to do the job in question. Take copies along with you to give to your prospective employer(s) at the interview. They will appreciate the extra effort you have taken to show how your profile and experience is right for the job and their company.

For more advice on writing your resume/CV, please see the links below:

How do you strategically manage the space on your Resume/CV when you have a lot of information?
If you have a lot of information to manage on your CV, Click here to find out how to strategically use the space on your CV to keep it concise and effective.

How do you know how long your Resume/CV should be?
Ensuring your resume/CV is the right length is an important part of successfully getting through the selection process.Click here for some guidelines to determine how long your resume/CV should be.

Should your Resume/CV be chronological or functional or both?
Click here for advice on determining whether your CV should be chronological, functional or a combination of both.

Is your resume/CV selling you as well as it could do?
Click here to learn about Personal Value and what it means to your prospective employer(s)

Is your Resume/CV not getting the responses you would like?
Click here for advice on how to diagnose an ineffective resume/CV.


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      dclarencelion 7 years ago

      Thanks for this. Your suggestions make a lot of sense, especially for the cover letter. These are useful even if submitting for the first time. I have printed this hub so I can refer to it when I resubmit to those companies that have not yet replied. I was just being lazy the first time but, I now can see that it is worth taking the time to customize to each job/company.

      Thanks again,