When compiling your CV it can sometimes be difficult to add in your skills and experience in a way that attracts the immediate attention of recruiters/employers. At Talentedge we’re not just ‘recruiters’, we are career consultants and as such are here to help you shape your CV so that it is not overlooked by a future employer.
In a competitive market such as ours, there are many potential candidates and so it’s paramount that your CV makes an impact that truly reflects your ability. A recruiter/employer may only spend a few minutes scanning your CV looking for key information, this will determine whether they are going to give it a thorough read.
The key information a recruiter needs at a glance is:
- Summary Statement
- Work experience
- Education / Qualifications
The majority of recruiters/employers will expect to see a summary statement that gives an overview as to who you are, what you do and where you would like to go. This is a snapshot into your career and professional life, so treat it as such and keep it brief (no more than a paragraph or two).
Example: “I’m responsible for XYZ’s financial operations, specifically business planning & budget development, client profitability and resource planning – all geared toward driving business profit, ensuring efficiency of structures and the adoption of best practice across the Agency’s operations. Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant XY years ago, I have achieved…”
This is where a recruiter/employer will want to see your recent work history to ascertain whether you have the correct skillset or transferable skills for the current role/s they are recruiting for. They will be on the look out for all your recent; job titles, companies, start and end dates. A recruiter/employer will need you to clearly define the experience gained at that role and your contribution to that business. It is worth using real data and numbers here to bring your experience to life (i.e. company or division size by revenue and headcount, size of budget, number of invoices processed…).
It’s important to highlight achievements and not just responsibilities as these are a key area of differentiation. For example, any targets hit or significant numbers (i.e. reduced cost by x, increased margin by y), awards, promotions and more.
A quick glance at your CV should provide a recruiter/employer with all the info they need on your skills. It may be prudent to even have a clearly defined section of skills listed.
Recruiters and employers like to see your professional development, so if you have gained qualifications in recent years, make sure they’re listed. Also detailing your professional qualifications is an absolute must, especially if they are relevant to a role you are going for. I.e. qualified or part qualified – ACA, ACCA, CIMA & AAT.
Your CV should be easy to read, formatted well and around two pages long.
As a side note: recruiters/employers expect not only your CV to be in order but also your LinkedIn profile! As this is often the first point of contact with you. Your LinkedIn profile should give a bit of insight about you, your experience and endorsements/recommendations.
If you need help with your CV, a career consultation or you just have a question, don’t hesitate to get in touch or leave a comment below and we will endeavour to address it.