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CV myths

 
As we head into what has historically been the busiest time for treasury recruitment, I thought it would be a good time to tackle a few of the myths around CV writing that candidates often adhere to.
 
In the last four years, September to November has been the busiest for Michael Page Treasury in terms of new roles coming in. In preparation for this, here are a few tips on CV writing for those of you who will be starting to look at new opportunities. The CV is the employer’s first impression of you; therefore you shouldn’t underestimate its importance. Use clear paragraphs and bullet points to avoid cluttered lists of responsibilities and rambling sentences. As a consultant, I will of course speak to my client about a candidate in great detail but if your CV is poorly laid out and vague there is only so much I can do.
 
Here are our do’s and don’ts:
 

Do

 
Give details of the basics – make sure you give the title, company name and dates of your employment (including the month of the year) as well as your contact details. It is also beneficial to include your notice period, any benefits you receive in your current package and what salary you would be looking for.
 
Create context – it is always good to give the employer a chance to gauge the extent of your responsibilities by giving them facts and figures. For example, give the exact number of bank accounts you manage, the number of currencies you deal in, the size of the FX book, the volume of transactions, or scope of the debt reporting you do.
 
Be proud of your achievements – create a section with bullet points where you discuss the tangible results you have produced, whether it is any cost saving procedures you implemented, projects you contributed to, or ideas that were supported by your line manager – this is exactly what employers want to see.
 

Don’t

 
Limit yourself – it is fundamentally not true that your CV must fit on to two pages, if you’ve had a long career or a vastly diversified role, don’t compromise detail for the sake of fitting it into such a fixed parameter.
 
Give too much away – giving detail about your career and roles is great, giving too much detail about your personal life in your CV will not be as relevant. Your CV is a statement of your professional accomplishments; you can flesh this out with your personal life and hobbies in the interview.
 
Forget about testimonials – it is often underestimated how beneficial a reference or a testimonial from a previous line manager can be. It will set your application apart and will without a doubt support your case
 
For any more tips or advice please contact Jessica Timelin, Michael Page Treasury, on 020 7269 2474 or email jessicatimelin@michaelpage.com