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Your Procurement CV - Secure The Interview 13 July 2016

Making a CV stand out from the crowd is often talked about in recruitment and job seeker circles, but what does it really take to make one leap off the page at a hiring manager?

In a time where applications per job opening is high, most job seekers appreciate that finding a way to ensure your details aren’t lost in the crowd has never been more important. 

Firstly, it’s critical to remember the purpose of a CV. Think of it as an appetiser. You want to whet the appetite of the hiring manager, not serve them the full meal. You will always be better able to impress in person than on paper and submitting reams of information on your CV is the quickest way of ensuring your CV ends up on the bottom of the pile. Remember, the hiring manager will probably have tens of CVs to read through – so keep it brief. Deal with bite-sized pieces of information with only the key points. Make them want to ask for more.

Start with your contact details – name, phone number, email address, and potentially your LinkedIn profile and Twitter handle if your personal brand is up to scratch.

Read the job description and tailor your CV to reflect the skills listed, without sounding like a regurgitation of that job description.

Key Achievements, not Key Skills - Negotiation, cost-saving implementations, problem-solving: – it should go without saying you possess these skills, make them stand out by summarising what you’ve achieved using these skills. Key Skills promise what you could do; Achievements are the proof, the evidence of where you’ve used those skills for maximum impact. Keep it short. One sentence, two lines – make sure the reader wants to get to the end of the sentence – and find out more! 

List your previous employment in reverse chronological order – hiring managers, headhunters, recruiters, all want to know what your most recent, relevant experience is, so put it right at the top! 

Don’t try and list details of every position you’ve held. An overview of responsibilities is
necessary, but resist the temptation to create an exhaustive and intricately detailed list. For long ago jobs, your position and the company name are sufficient - Hiring managers don’t need the details of the position you held twenty years ago. Leave the detail for the interview, if it’s relevant. 

Avoid over-long sentences and too much jargon. A few well-placed phrases highlight your familiarity with the subject, but a plethora of them is unnecessary and frankly, boring.

Keep it snappy! The purpose of the CV is to secure the interview, not the job, so bear in mind
your objective and the process: use your CV to secure the interview, use the interview to secure the job.