10 tips to writing a good Interim CV

As an interim you will be familiar with the task of having to regularly update your CV. Therefore, it is always a good idea to refresh your CV, not just with updated information, but to make sure it represents you, your values, and your most recent work experience in the best possible light- these are the roles that the hiring manager or recruiter looking at your CV will be most interested in.

Value Match compiled a list of our top 10 key tips for producing a winning CV.

  1. Page One – experience tells us that hiring managers and recruiters will make the decision on whether to put you forward to the next stage of recruitment based largely on the first page of your CV. Have the most important information and achievements, particularly those relevant for the role, at the front and make them easy to spot. Use the opening ‘profile’ paragraph to highlight your management style, value proposition and what motivates you. Use adjectives that are personal to you and reflect how you will come across in person
  2. Keep it Short – we appreciate that for interims, your employment history is much more extensive, but try keep it to the point, with more detail focused on the last 5 years and providing just your key achievements for roles completed outside of this. Tailor the CV for the role.
  3. Key Achievements – highlighting your key achievements will give your CV more character. If you’ve saved your client £millions, then don’t drown this out elsewhere. Include a summary of your key achievements on page one and make it easy for the hiring manager to see what you’ve accomplished.
  4. Back up your Achievements with Evidence – in terms of procurement it is best to give exact examples of the value of the contracts you have worked on and awarded including how much money you saved your client/employer.
  5. Formatting – make sure your CV is consistent with the font style and size, the layout matches and use spell check! Look at your CV and think if you were the hiring manager what would your view be? Avoid overusing words read it back and see how it sounds. Mismatch in fonts, format and poor spelling show a lack of care for your CV your CV is your way of selling yourself to the client before any potential interview.
  6. Role Information – for each role you mention on your CV you should always include your job title (advise also if it was interim or not), who your client/employer was and your start date and end date (including the month and year for each).
  7. Preferred Role Location/s – If you are happy to relocate or travel for a contract, write this on your CV  – some job sites will ask you for this information but not all will see this and by including  it on your CV this will ensure that recruiters will approach you regarding more opportunities.
  8. Security Clearance/s – if you are SC, CTC, DV cleared etc. highlight this on your CV there is a growing need for candidates with certain levels of security clearances so ensure to highlight this on your CV so that it stands out to recruiters.
  9. Qualifications/Training– if you are a member of a professional body i.e. CIPS, passed an exam or completed training that is relevant to your profession cover this on your CV. If this is a requirement the client is looking it needs to be clear and easy to find.
  10. System Knowledge – give examples of what eSourcing tools have you used. Knowledge of systems such as Bravo, Ariba, Oracle etc. should stand out on your CV. Not all clients use the same system so if a candidate has experience in their systems, they use it could be advantageous.

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