A management or professional CV is one of the most difficult CVs to write as when you’re competing for jobs at executive and management levels the level of competition is very high. It’s at this level of job position that you really need to pay attention to every detail and it is vital that your CV makes you stand out from the crowd or you will not be offered that interview.
Having heavy competition for a job position means you have to be more creative and impressive with your CV content and layout. CVs at this level are subject to extensive examination and are expected to be well designed, articulate and highly relevant to the job position which means that you should be writing a separate targeted CV for every job you apply for. Our CV builder which is free to start can help you write and save various versions of your CV to make this process easier. Here we have compiled some tips and hints to bear in mind when creating your new CV.
The management/professional CV is required to show prospective employers what you have achieved in your past career history, your repertoire of professional skills and demonstrate how you can apply these skills to benefit your new employer. The layout and format of your CV is very important in achieving these objectives.
The layout and format is based on practical issues which, if you’re using our acclaimed CV tool are an easy step-by-step process:
- Contact Details: Full name, email (don’t use your current work email address) and telephone/cell number.
- Objectives: These should be very career and target focussed to show that you are a professional, ambitious individual that can prove an asset to any company.
- Employment/Career History: Whilst documenting your previous work placements you should be mindful of showing how you used your skills to improve the previous business you worked for and how they can be relevant to the new job position for which you are applying.
- Qualifications: If you have attained any professional qualifications in your rise to where you are today you should ensure you document them in your CV and show how they could help you to succeed in your new job.
- References: References are very important for this type of CV not least because they are likely to be contacted – with a high level management position comes a high level of scrutiny. Ensure your references can show you in the best professional circumstances.
Quality of Content in Your CV
The content of your CV when applying for this level of job is extremely important as it is expected to be articulate, authoritative and persuasive. Keep in mind the individual job role you are applying for and adapt your writing style to show that you can meet and exceed the requirements of the new position.
Every aspect of your CV needs to make an impact with the employer and give you every chance of being invited to an interview.
- Layout must be clear and easy to read (why not take a look at our professionally designed sample CVs from the left-hand side toolbar).
- Go for a clean, executive style design which will suit the position you are applying for and make you stand out from your fellow applicants.
- Each section of your CV should be constructed in defined blocks of information to ease reading and display of information – if you are using our free to start CV builder you don’t need to worry about this aspect as our building tool manages the layout for you.
- Ensure your career history entries are displayed in the same format to allow the CV reader easy comparison and reading.
- Avoid loose sentences or passages of text.
Again another vitally important part of a top level professional or management CV is the language you use. The terms, phrases and words you choose to employ must be eloquent and professional, showing you are worth of this job role:
- Avoid using unfamiliar or obscure phrases or expressions.
- Where possible keep your sentences concise and relevant.
- Avoid convoluted sentences or excessive information or detail.
- Use clear clear descriptions and terms in your content.
- Make use of a thesaurus to avoid repeating commonly used words.
- Use a formal, professional and authoritative writing style to project your business knowledge and potential.
- Avoid using slang, personal or informal terms.
Your choice of what information to include on your high level management/professional CV is key to your chances of being offered an interview:
- Bear in mind the job position you are applying for at every stage of your CV. Ensure the content you input is relevant to that job role and also underlines your ability to excel in such a position.
- Any performance claims or past career achievements should be documented and verifiable if the interviewer were to enquire.
- Unique selling points such as ways in which you have improved past employers businesses should be included in your career history wherever possible.
- Ensure you proof-read your CV.