Writing your own professional CV can be very challenging. It is difficult to sell ourselves and most of us are way too humble. Here is how to do it.
1. Develop a clear idea of the role (or roles) you want to aim at. Professional recruiters and employers want to see that you have a clear goal in your CV. If you have more than one role make sure you have a Career Objective or Profile that targets those individual roles. Sometimes different CVs may even be required.
2. Analyse the position. What professional skills are they looking for? Most CVs that aren’t professionally written don’t have an adequate skill set. Identify your own professional competencies and experience that match that role. Don’t be humble. Don’t over sell.
3. Keep it short. I work on the principle: the more senior a client is, the shorter their CV should be. One client came to me with a 29 page CV!! I got it down to 3 pages whilst dramatically improving impact.
4. Feature professional quantifiable achievements in your CV. They are the proof you can, and have, delivered what you say you can. The more senior you are the more important this is.
5. Focus on your professional pathway over the last ten years.
6. Put your education at the back of your CV unless you have just graduated.
7. Many professionals have been to countless professional development courses. Only use those that are relevant to the targeted role in your CV.
8. The more senior you are the less likely you are to put interests in your CV. However, sometimes senior professionals say to me they don’t want to feature these. Often I ask, “Well, what are they?” And they reply, “I run marathons and triathlons.” You may want to feature that in your professional CV as it speaks volumes about your character.
Those are some tips on how to write a professional CV. If it is still too daunting or you just simply don’t have the time, I can help.
Call me now on 021 50 20 93 to make an appointment for a professionally written CV.