How to write an effective CV?

There are many views on CV writing, however it is our motto to keep things simple.  Although lots of fancy fonts and graphics can look very nice, they don’t always help the person reading the CV.  In an ideal world, employers would have lots of time for CV review, however in reality this does not happen.  Having experience of managing multiple recruitment campaigns and in many cases reviewing significant number of applications, we know from experience that the hiring manager just wants you to tell them what you can do and to give clear examples to back this up.

We could spend hours debating what the best template to use is.  We have detailed below our preferred CV lay out, however ultimately you have to be comfortable with the finished result and so use as you see fit.

This is template is for a HR candidate, however you can replace the key skills with those that are relevant to your experience.

Personal details

Name

Address

Contact details

Education

Professional Qualifications

Candidate Profile

This is a very good opportunity to clearly state you case right from the start.  Try not to go into too much detail and risk diluting your message.  Look at this as very much an opportunity to give a punchy introduction into who you are, what you can do and where you want to go.  Use the rest of the CV for the detail.

Work History

Name of Employer:  ABCD

Dates of Employment:

Job title:

Overview of the Organisation – In this part of the description we like to see an overview of the business and what it actually does.  You can expand on this and give a more detailed précis of where exactly your role is positioned, the number of people in your team and the specific client groups that you provide support to.

E.g.

ABCD is an international technology business based in London.  ABCD is a market leader within the area of information management………. Globally it has xxx number of employees with xxx based out of the London Headquarters.  I am the UK HR Manager with line management responsibility for a team of 5, supporting all UK commercial functions.  Budget responsibility of £xxx with reporting line into Group HR Director.

The next part is to highlight key skills and experience.  These are HR specific, however you can easily add in skills relevant to your role.

Employee Relations

  • XXX
  • XXX

Recruitment

  • XXX
  • XXX

Change Management

  • XXX
  • XXX

I would suggest that once you have highlighted key points under each heading, you could move on to further demonstrate your personal achievements.  It has been a tough market over the last few years and it is very noticeable that the successful candidates have been those that are really able to demonstrate where they have added value.

Try and quote hard facts and figure where possible and ideally you should be able to do this for every role that you have been in.  Obviously you need to take a view on it depending on how many different roles you have undertaken, however the expectation would be for at least the last two substantial positions that you have held.

If you have any specific questions, then please feel free to contact us directly and we will happily help in any way that we can.