I was doing a career consultation with a senior finance professional recently. As well as other documents the individual sent over their CV to get my thoughts on it.
Ultimately the CV has one primary objective. To get you through the screening process and get on to the job interview.
These days that screening process may be done by a machine initially. I read recently that 3 out of every 4 CV’s are rejected before a human even looks at them.
Reviewing the CV that the individual had sent over, I could say with confidence to them that it was:
All good you might think.
The trouble was that the CV:
I suspected the CV had been written by a professional CV writer. The individual confirmed that it was.
The reasons why it’s difficult for a professional CV writer to create a CV for you that really markets you effectively include:
You really are the best person to write a CV that really markets you effectively. So how do you make this happen?
Set aside time to think and reflect
Before you can create a CV you have to spend time getting the base materials together. A bit like a chef gets all the ingredients together before they start cooking.
These base materials include:
Use a simple but easy to follow structure
I suggested 4 or 5 key sections.
Complete a first draft and then get help to improve it
I don’t write CV’s for clients that I work with. I do however help them to make their CV a whole lot better.
Part of the reason I’m able to do that is I predominantly work with accountants in industry, commerce or public sector. I’m also an accountant and had over 25 years experience of reviewing CV’s.You may well have others in your network who can help you improve your CV. If you do make sure that you give them clear guidance on what you want them to feedback on.
While others can help you make your CV better, ultimately you are the best person to create it.
In summary since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them achieve career success and become better leaders and presenters. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.