How to write an eye-catching CV: Top Tips for senior professionals
In Touch, a Manchester-headquartered global network for elite business professionals, has put together a list of five top tips for executives and directors to create an eye-catching CV.
All members of In Touch’s elite network have access to a range of tools designed to further enhance their careers, including an acclaimed CV writing service.
Head of CV Writing at In Touch, Laura Lee, and her team of expert writers have helped hundreds of executives enhance their job search materials to secure new roles.
“We know that writing a CV can be tricky and most people don’t know where to turn for advice,” said Laura. “Your CV is often your first chance to make a lasting impression, so it’s incredibly important to present yourself correctly.
“At In Touch, we have a team of experts dedicated to optimising the CVs of those looking to develop their careers. To provide some help and advice, we’ve produced a list of our five most important tips for creating an effective and compelling CV.”
- Focus on Your Personal Brand
A CV should demonstrate your personal brand, not just a list of your experience. People often forget this, but it’s the first rule of a good CV. You need to focus on what makes you, you – rather than simply the places you’ve worked. Ask yourself: what are you known for; what is your unique selling point? When you answer these questions, your CV will show what you can do for the company and what you will be able to deliver in the role.
- Tailor Your CV to the Role
A CV can’t be a one size fits all document. Sending the same CV out to lots of employers is a big – yet surprisingly common – mistake. Instead, be sure to tailor your CV each time, highlighting your skills and experiences which are relevant to the role. Don’t fill it with unrelated facts and achievements. If you’re unsure how to do this when transitioning from one industry to another, remember that you need to frame your skills in a way which shows how they can be transferable and will benefit the sector you’re targeting.
- Highlight Your Achievements
When writing a CV, you should focus first and foremost on your achievements in your previous roles, rather than simply listing your responsibilities. The best way to do this is to think about “actions and outputs”: say what you were responsible for, how you actioned it, and then state the outcomes of your decisions. You want to show the wider impact you’ve had on the company and the value you can add to theirs. Try to include stats that relate to your achievements where possible – how you’ve impacted the bottom line, where you’ve created efficiencies.
Showing the positive impact and achievements our client’s contributions have had on a business is one of the main areas in which we add value to their CVs.
- Pay Attention to Detail
Make sure you proof-read your CV to avoid sending it to an employer with basic mistakes still present. Check that the dates, spelling, grammar and headings are all correct. Check that all information is accurate and up to-date as well – it’s a basic oversight but one that happens often.
Once you have finished editing and proofreading, you should ensure that your CV has a consistent layout and design throughout. Don’t forget to make sure your CV and LinkedIn profile align with each other as well.
- Keep it Concise
A good CV is one that’s not too long. In general, two pages is ideal, and definitely no longer than three. You can achieve this by including only relevant information and avoiding any unnecessary personal details. Use the space wisely and prioritise key career highlights to keep your CV focused on information that will have the biggest impact and make the best first impression.
Remember, a CV doesn’t get you a job. Instead, you should see it as a stepping-stone, putting you in a better position to get yourself in front of the relevant people to secure that role.
Maintaining this mindset when going through the application process will enable you to continually place yourself as the best applicant for the role.
If in doubt, take the time to speak to a specialist adviser who can provide useful insights and valuable feedback. You never know, it could make all the difference.
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