There are many different views in terms of how to write the perfect CV. Our preference is to keep things relatively simple. Although lots of fancy fonts can look very exciting it does not always help the person reading your CV. In a world where people have more and more pressure on their time, you need to present a CV that is easy to read, explains your experience and gives good examples to back this up. We have outlined a few pointers below, however if you have any specific questions then you can always contact us directly.
The following template is a guide of how you could structure your CV. This example is for a HR candidate, however gives a good idea of layout etc
This is a very good opportunity to clearly state you case right from the very start. Try not to go into too much detail. This is 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.
Name of Employer: ABCD
Dates of Employment:
Overview of the Organisation – In this part of the description I like to give 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.
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. There are some other examples of sub headings that you could also use at the bottom of the page.
A good suggestion would be 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.
Please find a list of suggestions for possible sub headings that may be appropriate for this HR focussed CV.
Recruitment (Are you BPS accredited, volume of vacancies, level of hire, anything particularly innovative.) Again a great opportunity to highlight hard commercial figures, such as reduction in cost per hire, reduced turnover, speed of hire etc.
Union Exposure (Which ones? National or local level?)
Compensation and Benefits
Reward and Recognition
HR Project Work
If you have any specific questions then please feel free to email us directly and we will happily help in any way that we can.