The perfect CV

26th June 2015
Catherine Vickery

Now in a contradiction to our title there may not be a perfect CV but there are many steps that if followed can help you land that perfect job!

The Curriculum Vitae is vitally important to landing your perfect career move.  Here at MacKenzie King we see hundreds over any given week and we cannot stress the need to produce a well structured and presentable CV. Sleep on it. No, not literally rather write it up, perhaps have a family member or trusted friend read over it and then take a fresh look the following day. Any sloppy mistakes should be removed prior to sending off. A slap-dash approach will not make you stand out … for the right reasons!

So what should a CV contain? Here are three things a CV should most definitely include.

1) Up to date contact information – include this also in a digital form of an email. Be aware that a fun email address may not create the best impression. Keep it professional.

Most certainly it should be kept up to date. It is of course of paramount importance that your personal contact information is relevant and entered correctly. It’s crucial. The last thing you want to happen is to contact a seemingly talented individual and you end up speaking to a restaurant in Kent. Fine if you are looking to book said restaurant but frustrating if you have a great position for the right candidate!

2) Sell your attributes with relevance to your achievements. ‘My six year experience, combined with my natural drive and dedication has seen me work across a wide range of roles within my previous employment.’ We now know you are driven and dedicated and have plenty of experience.

It is fine to use some personal affidavits but make sure these are again relevant and most importantly make sure that they are concise. We are of course all hardworking, conscientious, polite and responsible. However it is important to actually use these attributes and spell out what it is you have achieved. Sell in your achievements.  Ask yourself, ‘So what?’ If you are not impressed the chances are the reader will not be.

3) Keep it factual! The truth will win out.

List the jobs and projects you have worked on but also just as importantly make them relevant to the position you are applying for. There is a line between being arrogant and making a future employer aware of your experience. Be honest but highlight were you have over exceeded targets. Don’t ask the reader to go searching for the nuggets of gold, make sure they shine out!

We spoke to director and co-founder of MacKenzie King, Cheryl Voller to see what excites her about a great CV. Cheryl listed the following:

– Good academics

– First time passes through accountancy qualifications
– Trained with a big 4 firm of accountants or a large commercial business

– Relevant accounts experience, no matter the level
– Steady CV without job hopping
– Evidence of progression when moving roles

The first known CV was written by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1482, aged 30. Seeking employment from Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan he listed his capabilities.  Some 500 years ago the great Leonardo had the foresight not to list all of his accomplishments up until that point; rather he sold himself into his chosen employer. He outlined and tailored his attributes and proved how he could be an asset.

So in short sell yourself with a great CV!