Writing a Winning CV
The winning CV describe your accomplishments and experience in terms of an Action-Benefit statement...
The first step in writing a winning CV requires you to define the position or type of position you are looking for and assess your top qualifications. If you are applying for several types of jobs, consider writing a different CV for each. Your CV will be most effective when you target a specific type of job, and then describe how your skills, abilities, and experience qualify you for that position.
For each job type, research the job responsibilities and requirements for the position. You can find this information by browsing through the job advertisements for your occupation. Determine what your responsibilities will be, what skills, abilities, and knowledge you'll need, and what personal and professional characteristics are required for success. Once you have determined the requirements of the position, analyze your past experience, accomplishments, education, and training for examples of work and personal characteristics and begin building your CV in a way that best demonstrates your ability to succeed.
The best CVs describe your accomplishments and experience in terms of an Action-Benefit statement, which is a precise description of an action you took that produced a tangible and measurable result that benefited your company.
Action-Benefit statements use your accomplishments and experience to demonstrate the positive impact you can have on a company's bottom line. An Action-Benefit statement consists of:
A job responsibility or specific action that you took when faced with a situation, problem, or opportunity that enabled you to achieve a positive result.
The positive result or benefit to the organization, such as an increase in revenue, a reduction in costs, streamlined processes or systems, or improved morale.
An Action-Benefit statement might read "Analyzed declining sales and developed campaign that increased orders by 30% in less than one month." This statement describes the situation or challenge you faced (declining sales), the Action you took (developed a campaign), and the Benefit of your actions (a 30% increase in orders). Always quantify or qualify the accomplishments and achievements described in your Action-Benefit statement.
When you are quantifying results, consider the impact of your work in measurable terms and include the numbers, percents, dollars and other values that represent your experience in the best possible light.
Supervised a large staff of retail employees covering multiple territories. Effectively managed business unit P&L and consistently grew profits.
Ten years experience managing 15 employees across multiple territories. Effectively managed P&L of $10 million business unit. Consistently generated 30-35% gross profit.
Alternatively, when you are qualifying accomplishments, consider describing the process, depicting the environment and including the personal characteristics that a future employer would consider valuable.
Increased sales through cold-calling, follow-up, and account management.
Consistently grew revenue and profits in a rapidly changing environment through aggressive cold-calling, persistent follow-up, and relationship-focused account management.
A CV is similar to a resume in that it provides more details about one’s professional qualifications, experience and education. However, the term "Curriculum Vitae" most often called CV, typically carries a different meaning depending on whether one distribute the CV within the US, Canada or internationally (external to the US or Canada) or is seeking a faculty, academic, research, clinical or scientific position.
You can turn your current resume into a CV by shortening some descriptions of your educational and professional experiences.
Check the spelling and grammar of your winning CV. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your winning CV, bring it to a professional for assistance.
Remember that your CV/resume must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have difficulty with your CV writing or resume writing instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use CV samples, CV templates, resume samples and resume templates or:
- "fill in the blanks" resume writing software.
Most recruiters expect to receive a cover letter together with your resume or CV.
So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview.
If you have difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:
Other Writing Winning CV Info
Good luck with writing winning CV!