The next section of your CV is called Experience and would give an overview of your work history.
Jun 16, 2010
Your work history is what will prove that you can do the job you are applying for. It will also be the section which can set you apart from all the other candidates.
You should follow a certain chronological order when listing your work experience – you list first the most recent one and continue to the oldest one.
We, in GrowinFinance.com, advise that you include the months (not only the years) when you list the duration of your employment. Following that, you should put the name of the company you worked in and the sector it operates in, followed by the city and country. On the next line, we advise you to include your position, and next to it the position of the person you were reporting to. After that, include a bullet list of your major tasks, responsibilities and achievements on that position. Thus, the format would look like this:
Jan 2009 – Mar 2010 Company Name, Sector City, Country
Position, reporting to …..
• Explain your main tasks and responsibilities using bullet points. You can quantify your responsibilities in percentages and length of time spent in each activity.
An achievement tells the employer that you can deliver. Keep in mind that the employer will value most those achievements which are clearly relevant and of value to the company and the position. Use examples that are clearly related to the new job application.
You can start with the achievements that can be measured numerically, explaining the result and benefit with facts, figures and timescales. But also add other achievements which are relevant, but not quantitative like: company awards or been promoted in a short space of time. Use examples that are clearly related to the new job application.
Note: The bullet points should be brief and concise. We do not advise you to exceed 2-3 lines per point.
You need to put in particular care and good use of terminology when completing the Experience section of your CV. Explain briefly, but as clearly as possible, your job role and tasks. You can use similar terminology as in the job requirements, particularly the essential skills as listed in the job offer, as the framework for your description. Use examples, and if possible show how your skills developed through your work history, making clear your level of experience. Further, optimize your CV and focus on the work experience that gives added weight to the current application. It is not worth it to use the very limited space on your CV to talk extensively about experiences which are not even remotely connected to the position you are applying to. However it is important that your CV does not show any incoherence, so do not miss any experiences that can make a gap in your CV.
This advice is directed to finance and banking sector professionals and the tips match best the application process through job boards.
The Growinfinance.com Team
CV Writing Tips I - Why is it recommended to use a standard CV form?
CV Writing Tips II - Let’s now go over the basic CV outline
CV Writing Tips III – Work Experience
CV Writing Tips IV – Education
CV Writing Tips V - Additional information