We have given just some of our important CV advice below:

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Today with so many executives chasing a rapidly reducing number of job vacancies, it is a necessity for candidates to have an up-to-date awareness of the job market and future employment trends, together with a targeted Career Plan and the very best job search skills and tools. These should include a professional current CV, a methodical and targeted approach to job search and good interview skills.

Your CV should be:


  • No more than two to three pages long.
    – Leave enough white space for good presentation.
    – Tailor the CV to the job you are applying for.

  • Start with an opening paragraph giving an overview of your major achievements and unique selling points. (USP's)
    Followed by your education -- Degrees, MBA's, etc.

  • Then show your Work Achievements section --
    – List your achievements -- successful management decisions, strategies implemented, major sales successes, revenues increased, etc.
    – Projects handled including projects outside your job specification.
    – Describe the situation as you found it, explain what you did about it.
    – Detail the specific benefits to the business e.g. increased profits, new procedures, improved morale, etc.
    – Quantify whenever possible.

  • List your Career History in reverse order with the most recent job first.
    – Use bullet points.
    – Describe job positions accurately.
    – Don't leave career gaps unanswered.
    – Use direct action words such as, directed, developed, wrote, recommended.
    – State facts not opinions, e.g. revenue increased from £100k to £500k rather than "I was highly successful".
    – Quantify your level of responsibility and your achievements.

    Finally list your Contact Details and Hobbies / Interests.
    Emphasize sports etc. that show good team working e.g. rugby, cricket etc.

  • Provide a Covering Letter outlining why you are particularly suitable for the job.
    – Show your interest and knowledge about the company. (based on your research)
    – Explain why and how you can add value.