Professional Services companies can be quite particular about what they want to see on your CV.
Ensuring that your CV is up to scratch means that not only will you get the maximum amount of interviews that you can – hence
giving you options.
It also means that, in monetary terms, you could be worth more. So it’s well worth spending a couple of minutes thinking about it
and making changes.
Your CV should be pleasing to the eye.
We recommend you not to use tables as this can confuse the format of the CV when printed or transferred to other versions of word.
We also recommend that you make it a Word Document and not a PDF – there may be very small changes that we need to make –
such as taking off your personal details, it is very important that we’re able to do this.
We also recommend that you do not make your CV too text heavy – use bullets and bold or italics where appropriate to punctuate
the text and ensure your CV is readable and easy to digest in small chunks.
Please spell check, grammar check , get a friend to check it – you’d be surprised at how many mistakes we see. Pay careful attention
to words that can be spelled a number of ways – especially concentrate on American spellings.
It is up to you whether a personal profile is relevant. If you have a story to tell, here is the place to do it – for example if you’ve
moved across industries or types of role. Here is the place you highlight what it is you do ‘ie/ ‘I am a marketing executive’ and state
your recent industry experience, why you’re looking and what you’re looking for.
Please do not put on any CV your Date of Birth, your driving license or relationship status – they are irrelevant and some firms are
forced to automatically discount CV’s with your DOB on – so that there can be no question of age discrimination.
The achievement section of your CV is the single most important part of your CV. It is the section that sets you apart from other
For each role there should be 2-4 achievements that you can list. An achievement should be: A particular For each role there should be 2-4 achievements that you can list. An achievement should be: A particular project (internal or external),
objective, summary of what you did, the result (ROI) – this should, where possible include some statistics – and if possible, value
in revenue to the business.
You should always list in bullet points the responsibilities in your present and any other past and relevant roles. It often helps to break
this down into sections, Marketing, Events, Business Development. And then break these down into subsections like marketing coms,
internal coms, web, targeting, research, submissions etc
Your past experience is, of course, necessary but only where it is relevant to the job you are applying to.
You should not include details of roles that were:
• A long time ago
• Not relevant at all to the job you’re doing/want to do
• Whilst you were at university (unless especially relevant)
There should be no time gaps in your CV. If there are you should fill this with whatever you were doing. For example, looking for a job
or travelling. Include this in the body of the CV not at the end or beginning – it means that it’s easy to see where you’ve been on a
Your education should not take up more than a quarter of the page – unless you are just beginning your career or have done very
relevant modules in your degree, you should not include modules on your CV.
You should put any industry qualifications under Education – such as the CIM – and what level of this you have achieved
You should only put skills on the CV that are relevant to the jobs you are applying for. Please put any systems you have used on there
– if you are applying for temp or junior level positions it is also useful to cover off the standard of your Microsoft Office skills
These are only interesting if they are specific. We suggest including a couple but only if they tell something about you as a person or
are highly relevant.
Treat your CV like your career, each day you work is another thing to add to your CV (in theory) it is constantly a work in progress.
You can have a few versions of CV’s, label them as such and concentrate on different aspects of your role if you are interested in a
variety of roles with different focuses.
Respecting your CV
We respect your CV as we do you as a candidate. In return we ask that you respect it too – this means not sending it out like a bulk
email to every company you know – targeted approaches mean better results.
If you are interested in particular companies get in touch with your trusted recruitment consultant and ask if they are able to make
approaches on your behalf. They can often do this without mentioning your name – therefore ensuring that if no opportunities are
available, you don’t devalue your CV (If your job hunt takes a number of months employers can start to question why you’ve been
on the market for a while – even though you may just have been busy or not concentrating on it as much, sending it out willy-nilly to
start with can come back to bite you)
Wherever you are applying, please keep a tracker chart of your progress and ensure you only apply to each vacancy and organisation
once. Please ask if you’d like us to provide you with one.