If you are applying for a financial job it’s important to have a high quality CV, it will give you the best chance of getting the job. However writing a CV is a bit of a black art. There are certain things that work well and there is a lot of bad advice out there. So if you want a banking, accounting, auditing or finance job it’s worth bearing these tips in mind.
Use an Eye Catching Design – When creating a CV you’ve got to think how the person recruiting thinks. They may well have to sort through hundreds of applications. It’s in your interests to stand out. This doesn’t mean printing on luminous paper or supplying huge photographs of yourself; but it is worth differentiating yourself from everyone else. Don’t use the first CV template you found on Google or in Word, everyone else will have the same. Keep to the conventions but don’t follow the crowd.
Provide Examples – When you are describing your previous experience use actual examples. Don’t describe your self as “Responsible for Company Accounts” when you could describe it as “Actively reduced costs by 20% and created an efficient accounts system”
Use the Keywords From the Advert – One of the easiest but effective tricks to improve you CV is to use keywords from the advert copy in your CV. If they are looking for specific skills described in a certain way, use the same wording in your CV. It will make you seem more relevant than other candidates and show that you’ve read their advert carefully.
Not About the Past About Your Future – It’s easy to dwell on the past when writing your CV. Though is worth remembering your CV isn’t a document of your past, it is an advertisement for yourself, designed to help you improve future. Never be negative about previous employers and show how your experience would make you ideal for their vacancy.
Promote Only the Skills You Enjoyed – There might have been aspects of your previous job you didn’t enjoy. They might even be the reasons you are thinking about leaving. Don’t include them in your CV. They will be difficult to describe positively on your CV and by focusing on the things you enjoyed you are more likely to get to have more of these responsibilities in a new role.
Begin Sentences With Verbs – By starting sentences with active words you can subconsciously appear a more active and dynamic candidate. It’s vital to vary the way you describe each job you have had in the past. Beginning each job as ‘responsible for’ can quickly get boring especially if you have a pile of CVs all written in the same way. Show the skills you have through the verbs you use.
Be Concise – if you’ve had a long career or just want to provide as much detail about yourself as you can in a CV it’s easy to find yourself with a sprawling resume. Limit yourself to three pages an absolute minimum and aim for two. Don’t overload them with information. Give them enough to show them you would be perfect for the job but leave them wanting more and hopefully they’ll invite you for an interview.
Leave Out Irrelevant Details – They don’t need to know the postal address of a job you had ten years ago. Nor do they need to know your national insurance number. There is plenty of information which can get included in your CV that isn’t needed. Be brutal anything that doesn’t sell you or wouldn’t be conspicuous by its absence delete.