Writing the perfect CV is an art form. When it comes to writing a CV that will stand out, FD Recruit want to help you sell yourself in the best possible way.
There is a tendency for Finance Directors to become complacent and sometimes assume that, at this level, previous employers can speak for themselves and skills are assumed.
Equally, remember that impressing a recruiter in the first instance is as important as thinking about an employer; in a busy and competitive jobs market recruiters are inundated with applications for every position.
Ultimately all CVs should follow a pretty standard format and so we have outlined for you a proposed template to get you going:
1. Personal details
2. Personal profile / overview / introduction
3. Work history — list your role and describe what your company does in a couple of concise sentences and consider including turnover and employee numbers.
Split each position into two sub-headings:
a) Responsibilities: these are the routine elements of your job. Don’t assume the reader knows what exactly what a Finance Director does.
b) Achievements: this is where you have added value above and beyond your routine duties. This is what should set you apart from other candidates.
Where possible always quantify these achievements with demonstrable figures.
4. Education / qualifications / professional development
5. Personal interests (only if relevant and interesting and keep to a minimum)
- List all details in reverse chronological order — current or latest first – and always explain any gaps. Give greater focus to current role activities and condense the early experience.
- List duties and achievements in bullet points to make it easy to read. Avoid at all costs using paragraph format as you will lose the reader half way through your essay — this is statistically proven.
- Keep it to the point and readable to the layman by avoiding jargon and too many acronyms.
- Use Bold to emphasise headings.
- If tight on space referees can be provided on request and consider testimonials on LinkedIn.
- Don’t write the CV in the third party.
- Keep it consistent throughout when using tense to describe the duties you have undertaken.
- Surveys tell us that only half of all people read a covering letter so if you have an important point to make ensure it is not only in the covering letter but it is also clearly evident on first glance at the CV.
Always tailor your CV to each job you apply for, drawing on areas of your experience and skill set and linking them directly to the job description and its specified roles and responsibilities.