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How To Write A Brilliant CV Profile

The Importance of a Personal Profile.

The personal profile on a CV is just that – no more, just a profile.

If I asked you to profile say a burglar you would readily make me a list of descriptive sentences in some jumbled order?

Let’s take this though to your CV profile. On this basis there is no need to have a list of:

    • Key skills
    • Top achievements
    • Main points
    • … Etc.

Any such information should be listed either in the relevant business where they were achieved, or into your profile. Why – the key to a good CV is fluidity, not length or number of sections or even ‘being stylishly creative’. Why – because your CV is a ‘WORKING DOCUMENT’ and one that requires your fullest professionalism – or sell yourself short, it’s your choice.

Remember this key point:

“As both an experienced recruiter and hiring manager, your cv needs to be quickly informative – If it’s not telling me what I want to know quickly, I am not interested in you!”

The key is in ‘quickly informative’ along the ‘expected lines’ with your application – Key information always shared with an approved recruiter.

So what is being asked with your profile, and more importantly what questions do you need to ask in writing your profile. As a recruiter, verifying around 250 CV’s a day (when actively hunting) I need to get your message very quickly, and these are the main questions I always ask when resourcing candidates:

    • Who are you
    • What do you do
    • How long have you done it for
    • Are you qualified
    • What are your main achievements
    • How did you get those done
    • How could you do them for me in my business…?

So in writing my own profile I would start it off like this….. With this exact layout too….

Julian Saunders

Is a Food & Drinks industry fellowship level qualified headhunter & recruitment consultant with 15 years’ experience? Previously in Permanent managerial and Interim roles within food manufacturing companies employing between 200-3000 people. Coming from an 18 year food manufacturing managerial background and qualified to Level 5 in HR Management, Recruitment Law and Recruitment & Employment Practices is highly experienced and well positioned to quickly headhunt candidates that competitors fail to approach. Individually focuses on ‘Best Recruitment Practices’ and has recently achieved a dual fellowship with both the REC and The BIoR. Capable of making longer term placements through an advanced recruitment process control ensuring that 100% compliance has been achieved over 12 years. Is currently looking for ????

WOW – That hits the spot, and its all true too!

This clearly in 118 words answers the top 5-6 initial questions we all want to know from your CV.

I am working on the basis that salary, location etc. have your CV ruled into the list based on the search criteria entered to get to see your CV initially.

If you need My Job Help with this part of your CV, go to my web site and contact me directly.

Julian Saunders

Julian Saunders (FIRP, MBIoR)

MD @   My Job Help Ltd

 

How To List An Employer On Your CV

Each employer is extremely important on your CV – Because you worked there it has to be true. So why are there so many really bad variations of ‘Employer Descriptions’ on CV’s.

It’s quite interesting that candidates expect the reader (hiring manager / recruiter) to either know lots about the companies that you worked at previously. If you work this calculation out in your head.

  • 30 CV’s to review x 6 employers each = 180 internet searches on a bad day!
  • Each search and site read takes you 12 mins = 2160 mins = 36 hours work with no breaks!

So why would you not properly explain each company on your CV? 

Hiring Managers / Recruiter do not have that amount of time to work with you – you application has just lost traction.

Moreover, if it were my CV I would want to tell them the points about each employer that were relevant to me and the job I was doing = Some companies are quite big, so it’s very important to also explain which part of the company you worked in. Also I would put I details of who you reported to and how many people you managed and what the primary function was when you were originally employed.

So here is a good example layout for you:

Profile is directly above

Operations Manager – Camano Foods Ltd                                        Dec 2015 – Date

Employed as the manufacturing centre Operations Manager reporting to the Site Director managing a team of 155 employees and 12 Shift Managers, responsible for improving all operation KPI’s through deployment of Lean Manufacturing Techniques across all operational departments (Engineering, Production, Technical).

The rest of the CV….. follows…

 

Lay out the top line exactly as I have set out- Why? It answers this question:

 

What were you, for whom + how long for?

So – instantly you have declared a lot about the ‘position’ you held in each job, and to me that’s the best logical order. Repeat that set up / layout for each job that you have worked.

Also – extremely important to have the months for each job, as just years displayed won’t do you any favours. The ‘go to mentality’ for recruiters and hiring managers is this:

Gaps in dates on CV’s means that you are hiding ‘career breaks’, forced or voluntary ones. So what else are you covering up? Much better to show the gaps, and provide a ‘humanly logical explanation’ for such areas of non-employment.

Remember how many applications there are for people to review and shortlist from – So make your CV stand out.

If you need My Job Help with this part of your CV, go to my web site and contact me directly.

 

Julian Saunders (FIRP, MBIoR)

MD @   My Job Help Ltd

 

Professionally Describing Each Job On Your CV With Ease

Where many, if not most people go wrong with this part is in a number of areas, none of which make for a speed read:

    1. A mixed list of things you did and were a part of the job
    2. A list of a lot of sentences describing the job and what you did
    3. A paragraph littered with I did this, I did that, I, I, I
    4. Too little information to work with, leaving a lot to imagination

Based on the notion that you either want to get hired or headhunted, you have to see after my methods, that none of these work when people are reviewing applications.

So in rationale for the above points here is why:

    1. If the reader needs to rank / order / restructure your information – it’s just too much effort.
    2. Very hard to take in, even if it is easy to read through.
    3. Self-explanatory – though I am well renown for invoking applications where other recruiters lack imagination.

Problem – most recruiters are strictly managed through KPI’s and so won’t spend time on candidates CV’s that are not ‘good to go’. You must have a ‘Rapid Read’ CV.

If you went shopping in a supermarket with a jumbled list, how much longer would the task take.

Absorbing paragraphs / muddled lists / repetitive first person is harder to absorb than short sentences in listed format. The system road signs  is a perfect as a parallel – specifically designed for rapid recognition.

So – Here is how I will set out and describe what I did in each job in two parts:

Responsibilities

      • (specifically what you were ‘contracted’ to do)
      • Operational KPI improvement
      • Introduction of Lean Manufacturing to improve efficiency

Achievements

      •  
      •  
      •  

What I should point out is that you do not need to list points like:

    • Managed 300 people
    • Reported to the Site Director

Why? – that’s because you have that information alongside the company description, just above this section already on your CV.

You must have more to list in your job area that the number of people you managed. Yes this is important, though it’s not really a responsibility as such. You would be better to list:

Responsibilities

      • Disciplinary / Hr Management for 300 direct reports, 4 supervisors + 4 shift managers
      • Responsible for Management and operator training and development – 300 people
      • COSHH / GMP / HACCP / Auditing
      • Budgets to £???
      • Project ‘XZYSKR’

Achievements

      • Reduced manning through improved effective labour controls with agency staff to 250 people saving £625kpa.
      • Improved Plan Delivery KPI from 89% to 99.9% sustained for 5 years
      • Changed this and made this saving in waste £???
      • Bought this machine and changed that to deliver this improvement saving ‘xyz’ hours per week

In writing sentences like these the reader has to use their imagination for the right reasons – How Did You Do That? … … … …  as opposed to before, being left to wonder if you were even involved or close to any of these.

Again the importance of adding this system / approach to your Application Process on your CV ow, is that you will be one of few people answering +80% of the initial interview questions before they even know who you are!

Responsibilities – what you were asked to do in your job?

Achievements – What did you do against your list of responsibilities?

 

 

Julian Saunders (FIRP, MBIoR)

MD @   My Job Help Ltd