CV Writing Tips
Is your CV as good as you are?
Your CV is one of the most important weapons in your fight for that prized executive travel job. A good CV can quite literally open doors and ensure that you stand out from the crowd sufficiently to warrant your place on the final interview list.
However experienced you are, it's always worth reminding yourself of a few golden rules for writing a great CV and, of course, making sure that all your information is up-to-date and relevant for the job in question.
Use our experience to help you demonstrate yours
At C&M Executive Recruitment, we're here to help you create a successful, stand out CV designed to attract employers at the highest levels within the travel industry. Here you'll find some useful tips and reminders to think about when compiling your CV - but remember, we're only a phone call away. Use our wealth of experience in travel recruitment to assist you in effectively communicating and demonstrating your own unique strengths.
Don't make your CV hard work
Think of your CV not only as an opportunity to showcase your employment history and achievements to date, but also as an easy-reference roadmap for interviewers.
Keep it succinct, relevant and easy to read, and clearly spell out your current or previous responsibilities and skills in manageable, bite-sized bullet points. That way your agency and prospective employers can immediately assess your suitability for a role.
Remember that your CV is all about your career and your relevant skill set, so it's not necessary to divulge too much personal information or detail every position you've ever held.
Getting down to business
A good place to start is to write down your current, or last, job title. Consider carefully all the different job titles you may have heard to describe that specific role and make a note of them. Once you've done that, jot down a description of all your duties and functions in bullet-point form to make it instantly easy to read, followed by a list of the skills, or special training needed to perform that role. Next, list all your achievements in that specific area.
Finding it difficult to pinpoint your achievements? Think of any challenges or problems you have had to face in the last few years at work and describe how you overcame them, what the results of your actions were and how it demonstrated your ability to save money or time. Potential employers are always interested in candidates who are efficient, profit-orientated and can think on their feet, so try and offer some tangible examples of how you have demonstrated these traits.
The key to success
Most hiring companies now use a computerised CV tracking system, or go on job boards to search for likely candidates. To give your CV the best chance of being noticed once it goes onto a database, you need to include all the possible keywords that you think the employer or agency might use in their search. The best way to identify what these keywords might be is to really do your homework and research other similar roles to yours online to see how many different titles or disciplines are used to describe them.
If your role has many different titles, it might be an idea to put these into a paragraph at the top of your CV, under your name. For example, if you are an operations director looking after a customer services team and happy to apply for this role you could write: Professional results driven Operations Director with a variety of skills looking for a similar Operational role or Customer Services Directorship position.
We're here to make you look good
There are a few golden rules to apply when looking at the presentation of your CV. Here are the top tips:
- Use common typefaces, such as Times, Palatino, Optima and Courier
- Font size should be between 10 to 12, with 12 being ideal
- Only use bold for headings, such as employment history, education, hobbies, current/past company names, job titles and employment dates
- Dates of employment should always be the month and the year and not necessarily the actual date, for example: Jan 2010 - Feb 2014
- Never use complicated layouts, double columns or boxes around your CV as they tend to mutate when transferring into a system
- Save your CV in a word format - PDF documents sometimes fail to download
- If you are sending your CV through the post, always use A4 paper and print it on white or off-white paper
- There are several different ways to lay out your CV for presentation - get in touch with the team at Chisholm & Moore and we can take you through them
Give it your best shot
You are probably qualified for more than one job so it may be worth creating more than one CV that you can adapt for special circumstances. It's better to have several specifically targeted CVs than one generic one that is ultimately less effective.
However, if you do only have one CV and feel it's not particularly specific to the role you are pursuing, make sure you outline any relevant responsibilities and achievements in a covering letter.
And last, but not least... keep your CV up to date!
Statistics show that you are most likely to change your job once every 4 years, so it's always worth keeping it up to date with current responsibilities and any recent achievements. That way you won't forget anything important to include when you need it for your next role.
We're here to help
If you would like FREE CV ADVICE, get in contact with the C&M Executive Recruitment team. Our service is totally free and highly confidential - we're always here to help.