At Chilworth Partnership we see a vast amount of CV’s every day and we can recognise a great one when we see one. Your CV should be detailed yet clear and concise in order to stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of being hired. One of the most important factors when writing a CV is to analyse the job description for the role you are applying for and adapt your CV to match what the employer is looking for. Use their ‘glossary of terms’ throughout and identify key skills and attributes needed.
As a recruitment company, we re-type your CV in the company format before sending it on to the client and we have identified that this format as being the most effective. Structuring your professional CV in this way will increase the likelihood of securing your dream role.
Here is how we like to structure your CV....
1. Include Basic Contact Details
As a recruiter, there is nothing worse than finding your dream candidate and then realising that their contact details are absent. Always include basic and up to date contact details such as address, email, telephone number and possibly LinkedIn profile if you have one (it is always good to check that your CV and LinkedIn profile match before applying for roles.)
The profile section should be short and should act as a selling point. Sell yourself to the employers – why should they hire you? You should include factors that relate specifically to the job you are applying for (i.e. key skills & attributes).
3. Professional Qualifications & Education
Ordered most recent first – list your professional qualifications (ACA, CIMA) followed by your education (University degree and grade, College, School). Your qualifications and education should stand out so that the employer can easily read that you meet the requirements of the role.
4. Career History
Ordered most recent first. Your Career History should include the company name, role and dates of the role. If you’ve had many roles within the same company, you can summarise to accentuate your tenure. Within each role it is beneficial to list your important responsibilities (i.e. weekly cash flow reports), this will show the employer what you are capable of. It is also advantageous to list achievements that you are proud of, this will excite employers (i.e. results and successes). Quantify if possible (in the form of finances, percentages, size and locations).
Particularly with the finance and accounting industry it is beneficial to include the systems you have used on your CV (i.e. SAP, ORACLE) so that employers or recruiters can easily identify whether or not you are suitable for the role.
Including Interests/ hobbies outside of work can be valuable in your job search as it helps employers gain a more rounded picture of you and it can be a great talking point in meetings/interviews. You can relate your hobbies to the job role specifications and also your personality.
It may be useful to include details of your last two professional referees with their contact details. If you are wary about providing references, you can write ‘references available on request’.
Bethany Robb ~ Senior Administrator & Marketing Associate