We are really pleased to welcome this months Guest Blogger Laura Slingo , Digital Copywriter for the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library. We are confident that our senior level managers in the Social Care sector will take great learning from her advice on ‘How to optimise your executive-level CV and stand out’
How to optimise your executive-level CV and stand out
By the time you reach the C-suite, it can be tricky to identify what to include on your CV and what you can afford to leave out.
Follow our expert advice on how to optimise your executive-level CV and stand out from the crowd.
1. Introduce a key skills section
Since you’re an executive-level professional, you have plenty of skills in your repertoire that make you a desirable hire.
But this is no good if they’re buried on page two of your CV.
Make a recruiter’s life easier by introducing a key skills or core skills section just underneath your personal profile. In this section, list your most notable skills, abilities and achievements in relation to the job you’re applying for.
By placing your most impressive selling points in the top third of your CV, you can boost your chances of creating a great first impression.
2. Trim your employment history
While all professionals should be aware that a CV must be no longer than two pages, this rule bends when you reach a certain level in your career. If you have over 10 years’ of experience under your belt, you can utilise three pages – but only if they’re used with purpose.
Before you even begin to make use of that third page, you must trim your employment history. Prospective employers don’t need heavy details about every job you’ve ever had – just the ones that are relevant.
For the positions of employment that aren’t as significant or occurred over five years ago, reduce them to the job title, company, employment dates and a line about the role. You can remove positions from over 10 years’ ago if you think it’s appropriate.
Once you’ve scaled down your CV to the important jobs, you can decide on using a third page. You might find you don’t need it at all.
3. Support your achievements with quantifiable evidence
Now that you have a CV that depicts the roles the recruiter will find most relevant, it’s time to tweak the bullet points so that they showcase details recruiters value too.
Too many professionals make the mistake of simply listing duties and responsibilities under each position, such as “managed a team” or “ran social media campaigns”. While this shows recruiters where your experience lies, it doesn’t do justice to the skills you can bring to your new role.
Support your achievements and duties with facts and figures wherever possible. Prospective employers love numbers because they are easily digestible and quantify your abilities. For example, “managed a team of 10” or “ran social media campaigns that increased registrations by 20% in 6 months” is much stronger.
4. Zoom in on your management skills
As an executive-level professional, prospective employers expect you to have a range of management skills. But management is more than directing employees and leading a team.
Essential management skills are derived from five areas: planning, organisation, directing, coordinating and oversight. You should touch on these skills, supporting them with evidence of use, to stand a stronger chance of beating your competition.
5. Make it user-friendly
It’s great to include all the key information employers are looking for in your CV. However, if you do not format it appropriately, recruiters are likely to have a hard time reading it – and that’s no good for anyone.
Your executive-level CV must be slick and polished. Make sure that your CV is split into clear sections which are marked by bold headings. Choose an easy-to-read font, such as Ariel or Calibri, and keep your formatting consistent throughout. Too many font sizes and styles create a confusing read.
Another way to make your CV look professional is by ensuring it fills two or three pages comfortably. If it’s just tricking over into an extra page or is slightly short, see if you can adjust the content or the page margins, so it fits. This will make your CV look complete.
We hope you found this blog useful and would like to say thank you to CV-Library and the team. We look forward to working with you in the future by sharing many more blogs and content.