Keep it simple.
The most common file format is Microsoft Word.
Avoid tables and tabs as they can become distorted if cut and paste is used to import your CV.
Use easy-to-read font type (Arial) and size (11).
Avoid lots of white space and aim for 2 - 3 pages
Make sure the first page shows your key achievements – you want your CV to have an immediate impact and make them turn the page.
Mould your CV to fit the position you are applying for:
It's not only important to communicate your abilities, but to show how those abilities fit the position you are applying for.
If the position includes travel and you can speak other languages make sure this is on your CV, as this is an important attribute, emphasise it.
Use a consistent writing style:
Be clear and concise. Long, ambiguous sentences make for difficult reading.
Action words make the reading more interesting and communicate your active, not passive accomplishments.
Ensure you do a spell check errors are always a negative especially at senior level, as it’s considered a lack of attention to detail.
Hiring Managers want to see evidence, ensure that you provide examples that will showcase your achievements and experience.
Include a work history, using action words to describe skills and responsibilities.
Your summary should have a clear and concise message.
Usually placed at the beginning of your CV, the summary should have enough information and evidence to help a hiring manager decide if it’s worth their time to read further.
It should give a clear idea if what, when, where, how, how long and answer the question ‘what can this person add to my business?’
The discipline you have focused on with an emphasis on your target i.e. sales, engineering, human resources, operations, change management, turnaround etc.
Products you have worked with.
The level of leadership and management responsibility i.e. manager, director, principle engineer etc.
Core strengths and key achievements.
The industries and markets that you have worked in (industrial manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, Oil & Gas etc.)
The type of organisation i.e. public company, global or regional, small or large enterprise, etc.
Regions you’ve worked in i.e. Europe, USA, Middle East, and Asia etc.
How long and How:
Your total years of working experience, and the specific time spent in each what and where.
This should reflect key data supported achievements and evidence of how well you performed in each what and where.
It should also include key information regarding specific knowledge that could be relevant to your experience and performance such as language skills and certifications.
We have a sample CV template to assist you in writing your own. To download our CV template, please click here.
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