CV Tips

How to Create an Interview Winning CV

A great looking CV with great content is a recipe for success. There are many articles published online about how to write a good cv but it can be difficult to know which advice will work best for you. CV’s can be boring to read and sometimes they don’t tell an employer or recruiter enough about what you can actually do. This is because people don’t focus on themselves but simply list their job duties rather than their expertise, performance and outputs.

  • Ensure you list a minimum of 5 years employment history
  • Unless you are looking for your first job don’t include your school or collage education.
  • If your CV is longer than 2 pages don’t worry. It’s better to have a 3 or 4 page CV and include all relevant information.
  • Keep it simple, stick to the facts and don’t clutter with unwanted information.
  • Your CV is an advert for you, so spend time getting it right.
  • The most important thing to remember is that unless you have an extremely rare skill set you are probably one of many people with the same skills, applying for the same job. Therefore you’ll need to ask yourself two very important questions. “How am I different?” And “Why would an employer hire me over someone else?”
  • Your CV is the only thing that will differentiate you from the competition and the only way to become unique is to focus on your successes and outputs. 

The following is a template you can use to create your CV

First Name & Surname

Location | Telephone number | name@mail.com

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Your personal profile should go here. Examples below.

Correct way to write a Professional Profile:

Office Manager with a background in developing, leading and managing high performing teams to increase business performance, increase revenue and reduces operating costs. An ability to build key business relationships across multiple geographical locations throughout UK, Europe and the US.

Incorrect way to write a Professional Profile:

A professional Office Manager with 10 years experience of managing large teams. Excellent communication and relationship building skills with a proven track record of hitting targets. Can work independently or as part of a team

CAREER ACHEIVEMENTS

List a minimum of 5 key achievements. Focus on areas that hold real value to an employer and always give examples of the ‘output’ with each ‘achievement’.

Example: 

Led and developed a high performing sales team at XYZ Limited (Achievement) generating sales of £5 Million; 25% over the annual revenue target (Output)

KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE

List a minimum of 5 key areas of expertise. Stay away from things like “I have excellent communication skills” or “I have experience of working in a team” as these are expected and are not worth much on a CV anymore. Instead focus on areas that will add value to the job you are applying for.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Current Company Name | Job Title | Start Date

Your employment history should go here. However don’t make the mistake of listing your duties. Make sure you list your successes/achievements within the job and always give the ‘outputs’

Correct way to write employment history

  • Managed a team of 10 sales consultants securing £5 million worth of new business over a 12 month period (output)
  • Designed and delivered sales training to 100 sales consultants throughout the UK, resulting in increased sales performance generating 25% more sales across the group (output)

Incorrect way to write employment history

  • Line manager for team of 10 sales consultants
  • Delivered sales training for 100 consultants across the UK

Previous Company Name | Previous Job Title | Start Date-End Date

  • Your employment history should go here.
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Previous Company Name | Previous Job Title | Start Date-End Date

  • Your employment history should go here.
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