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.
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