How is your CV looking?……. Do you have one at all?……… Or has it been years since you last updated yours?
The prospect of polishing up your CV is a daunting one and needs a lot of time and effort to ensure it properly reflects you, your skills and everything you are capable of delivering for a new potential employer.
But fear not, as Wright Executive can help you. Below are some helpful hints that should steer you through the CV pathway and ensure you have a document that is exceptional.
First lets dispel some myths:
1) Your CV should only be 2 pages!
Rubbish – your CV is a reflection of your career, you may have worked for 10, 15 or 20+ years, how can you possibly get that all on to 2 pages?
Don’t fall in to the trap of using tiny font sizes, and stretching the margins…. it will hurt employers eyes and they will move to the next CV.
A good CV will be well presented and well laid out, structured with simple font (I recommend Calibri) and easy on the eye …. Download a sample CV Template here – Sample-CV-Wright-Executive
4-5 pages is ok if you have a long career. Any more is probably too much!
2) You need to list every job you have ever had in your career
Yes to an extent, but only if it is relevant to your career. Part time & or student work while at Uni isn’t relevant (unless you are a recent graduate)
If you have been working for 30 years, then focus only on the last 15 to 20 years. Summarise the early years
Keep your CV relevant, think about what your new employer will read and perceive of your career.
But DON’T miss jobs off and alter dates…. you will get caught out
3) A portrait photo is a good idea?
WRONG – Please don’t put a photo on your CV, unless of course you are applying to be a model, Photo’s are a bad idea, it looks tacky, dated and it opens up all sorts of negative possibilities which you just don’t want to head towards.
Now, on to the structure of your CV
You can download a sample CV Template here – Sample-CV-Wright-Executive
The order of which a CV should read is:
- Name & Contact details
- Professional Summary
- a summary of your experience and capabilities,
- list major achievements from a big picture perspective (save the detail for later)
- and what you are looking to do next
- Company name
- Dates of employment (from and to)
- A brief summary of the company, size, turnover, sector, what exactly they do etc
- Your Job title
- Responsibilities list as many as possible
- Achievements….. this is the important stuff… what have you actually achieved? delivered, outcomes, increased revenue, targets met or beaten…
- most of these points will be ‘quantifiable’, so you can put a $$$ value to them or an amount of time saved perhaps, or maybe an improvement in service delivery?..
- the more you do on this part, the stronger your CV will be
Some further points
Remember to think about the role you want to realise and cater the CV in accordance with that, but it has to be realistic to your experience, no bluffing it!
There is no point doing an amazing CV that is way off what your are capable of, and then falling over when you get to an interview!
Also, hiring managers want to know "what can you actually do for them", and it is your previous achievements that will show them what you are capable of.
If you can show that you have achieved loads of amazing outcomes, you will get hired quickly!….. read this blog post on your Employment Value