Is CPD good for my CV?

Is CPD good for my CV?

11 Mar 2022

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We live in a world where job markets are incredibly competitive, so standing out from the crowd is more difficult than ever. Many candidates struggle to make their CV stand out despite their skills and experience.

Education can often be just as valuable as having experience or formal training, and can be used to distinguish you from other candidates. More and more candidates have started to list the methods of further learning they have completed, in order to separate themselves from the competition. Listing a record of CPD activities is one of the methods being used by candidates, to demonstrate their participation in other further learning outside of standard qualifications.

Is CPD good for my CV?

In this article we aim to look into what is CPD, what are the benefits of CPD on my CV, how to get started logging CPD on your CV and how to find CPD courses for my CV.

What is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities.

CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning programs, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development.

What are the benefits of CPD on my CV?

As we previously explained, education can often be just as valuable as having experience or formal qualifications and training. Listing the CPD learning activities that you have completed can really benefit you when your potential employer is comparing your CV to other candidates. We have listed some of the key benefits of having CPD on your CV below:

1. It shows you have been keeping your knowledge and skills up to date

Listing your CPD on your CV is essentially showcasing your achievements. Continuing Professional Development helps to keep your industry specific knowledge and skills up-to-date and is therefore a very valuable factor to include.

2. Demonstrates your eagerness to learn

By showing an active interest in developing yourself, there is chance to open yourself up for much higher potentials of consideration. For instance, it can only be a benefit to employers to see their staff are willing to commence further development and training to better themselves and the organisation they work for.

3. Can help to fast-track your career

Continuing Professional Development helps contribute to your professional sense of direction. If you are hoping to get promoted or wanting to change industry specialisms, it is important to demonstrate that you are taking the steps and are willing to work towards this.

4. Can improve your salary prospects

CPD can contribute to achieving a higher salary, simply by the view that if you are at the 'top of your game' and can be recognised as an industry expert, you can reasonably ask for more financially. You will also be more equipped to apply for higher paid roles in the future.

Benefits of logging CPD on your CV

How to get started logging CPD on your CV

In order to get started logging CPD on your CV you should be keeping a learning log and record of your thoughts in whatever method suits you best. If you find it helpful to write things down in detail or to make notes on insights and learning points, then start by doing that. The process of writing makes you think about your experiences at the time and makes planning and reflection much easier. In order to review your experiences you must keep a record of them. Once you have all of your CPD activities logged it will be much easier to choose which ones to add to your CV as you can select what ones are most relevant to the role you’re applying for.

How to find CPD courses for my CV

There are thousands of different courses, workshops and seminars available in our CPD Course Catalogue. You can search by industry or by using the CPD search bar to find relevant learning for your ongoing professional development.

About The CPD Certification Service

We hope this article was helpful. The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996, and is the largest and leading CPD accreditation organisation working across all industry sectors. We provide CPD certification for training providers and events organisers to ensure that learning activities are suitable for Continuing Professional Development.

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