CV tips

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

Contact information. Include phone (preferably mobile and home), address and email contact information. In addition, ensure your voicemail message is professional. A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.

Career objective. It’s your choice whether you opt to list your career objective or not. If your objective doesn't match the recruiter's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, a clearly stated career objective can help your Search Consultant find your ideal career match.

Summary statement. Your summary should be brief.

  1. Include your title and years of experience.
  2. List pertinent skills.
  3. Discuss your character traits or work style.

Example: "Sales Director with over 10 years' experience with two FTSE 250 companies. Technical skills include P&L, budgeting, forecasting and variance reporting. Bilingual in English and Spanish. Self-starter who approaches every project in a detailed, analytical manner."

Professional experience. List each position held in reverse chronological order. 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 specific accomplishments.

Other components. Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licences, technical skills and languages.  12 accomplishments employers want to see on CVs

  1. Increased revenues
  2. Saved money
  3. Increased efficiencies
  4. Cut overheads
  5. Increased sales
  6. Improved workplace safety
  7. Purchasing accomplishments
  8. New products/new lines
  9. Improved record keeping processes
  10. Increased productivity
  11. Successful advertising campaigns
  12. Effective budgeting