CV Advice

Want To Get Your CV Noticed? Then Read On

I get asked quite often what the best format for a CV would be, in truth there isn't any one standard I would say is better than another but there are a few things you can do to help. Curriculum Vitae picture with hands

Firstly you have to think what you are trying to achieve, in essence you're trying to get noticed and to do this you have to touch on the things that are important to the reader. The main things in any situation are centred around the four main buying motives:

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Make money 

Save money

Save time

Improve reputation



So how can you translate this into your CV, maybe you're in a role that you think doesn't touch on these four statements? Well you would be wrong! If you work for any company you do it for a reason and I promise you it will be related to one of the four above.

Numbers are your friend that you turn to first, if you made money then again how much was it ££££$$$$? How did it compare to your target %%%%? Who were the beneficiaries in this case? Why did you do it?

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If you saved money then how much ££££$$$$? What percentage improvement did it give %%%%, who benefited from your work?

If you saved time then how was this reflected? How did this make the process more efficient? How much time did you save ££££$$$$? How did this compare to how it was done before %%%%? Did the time saving save any money? If so how much? and who benefited from this?

With regard to improving the reputation of a company, many candidates get a little confused on how they maybe impact on this. There are many ways in which this could happen, one reason could be an accreditation to a ISO standard or a safety governing body, another could be connecting with the local community in a way which improves local relationships. It could be charity work or social agenda items. You may have saved the environment!!

The real key is to stop and think how and what you do impacts positively on the company you work for as this is where the value is that you could bring to a new employer, it is also the value that they see in you for remuneration negotiations.

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Believe me when I say this but numbers will be there for you in some way so go and find them and highlight them in your CV.


If you would like to discuss this short article in more detail then please connect with me and let's chat.

Lee Narraway

Phone: 01925 747 712 Email: LinkedIn: Website:

Top 5 Common CV Mistakes

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So last week I offered a free review on Engineering CV's...........

Yes, there was a common thread as to the structure and type of things missed off of the CV. Remember that the CV is your first opportunity to impress, so don't let it slip by in a blur of words and pictures. So, here goes the top 5 common mistakes:

1. Leave out the dodgy picture! Especially the ones that were taken a few years ago on a polaroid and have a few creases on them, they don't scan well or do you any favours.

2. The hiring manager wants to know what you can bring to the table and how you can benefit their organization, so it's always best to get into the nitty gritty early on, please don't waste page after page with acronyms.

It's likely a HR partner will look at the CV first so they may not be a subject matter expert.

3. You have an immediate opportunity to let the reader know how highly qualified you are, so tell them!

Put your qualification letters after your name, for example: Elizabeth Windsor CEng MSc BEng so there we are, the Queen is a chartered Engineer with a masters and a first degree (you heard it here first).

4. Ok so your home is important to you and you probably paid a lot of money for it but guess what?  The hiring manager really doesn't care where you live until they think they want to see you so put this information at the end of the CV.  It's also the first piece of information a recruiter will remove.

5. And last but certainly not least........

Remember the main buying motives, the reasons why anyone buys anything ever!!! You must relate what you do and what you have achieved to....





There you have it, don't make these common mistakes and your world will get infinitely better, well, at least your CV will.

Please leave your comments and share your opinion here.

Lee Narraway

Phone: 01925 747 712 Email: LinkedIn: Website: