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CV Tips

Your CV is your most important calling card in your job search. It should include the following information:

  • Contact information. Include both daytime and evening phone number, mail and e-mail contact information. Your answering machine message should be professional. A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.
  • Career objective. Not commonly stated by most people, you can choose to list or not list your career objective. If your objective doesn't match the consultant's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, a clearly stated career objective can help your consultant find your ideal career match.
  • Summary statement. Your summary should be brief.
    Firstly, include your title and years of experience.
    Secondly, list pertinent skills.
    Thirdly, discuss your character traits or work ethos.

    Example: "Financial Accountant with over 10 years' experience with two FTSE 100 companies. Technical skills include P&L, budgeting, forecasting and variance reporting. Bilingual in Spanish and English. Self-starter who approaches every project in a detailed, analytical manner."
  • Professional experience. List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list them all to show advancement and growth. The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and focus strongly on your achievements.
  • Other components. Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.
  • Personal information. Include personal information such as marital status. number of children and ages, driving licence.

12 Typical Examples Of Accomplishments Employers Want To See

Remember - put values against all of these: , %, units.

  • Revenues Increased
  • Money saved
  • Efficiencies increased
  • Margins improved
  • Overheads cut
  • Workplace safety improved
  • Purchasing achievements
  • New products/new lines listed
  • Processes improved
  • Productivity increased
  • Market penetration improved
  • KPI's/SLA's improved

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