Write the Perfect CV - Part 2 of 3 - YOUR WORK HISTORY
Ok - so now you have your Value Proposition written, your transferable skills are listed and you are feeling pretty good about your CV. Don't forget , you must now spend time clearly stating your achievements for your last 3 roles. Talk results, results: this means show examples of increased sales, revenue growth, awards received, reducing errors and controlling costs.
Outline your career history in reverse chronological order.
The structure to follow for each role is: Job title, employer, date for each role.
Description of employer
This is appropriate for those coming from overseas or in cases where the company might be largely unknown. Organisations like IBM, News Limited, Suncorp or the big banks, to name a few examples, will need no explanation.
People make the mistake of believing the more responsibilities listed the better. Include only the key things you were "responsible" (accountable) for. Don't list every single thing you did. Don’t include: "Attended a weekly team meeting" So what?
Up to three per job is good and are specific. List the things that you did that you were not paid to do. Items would include staff awards and special commendations. Also ideas you put forward, scoped out or helped to implement that led to a cost saving or an increase in revenue or delivered new clients or resulted in higher levels of customer service or time efficiency. THE KEY HERE IS RESULTS.
ABC Foundation Feb 2015 – Present
- Accountable for the operations, finance administration, event management and Board reporting for this organisation. Controlling costs against targets to ensure a viable non for profit result. I managed the on-boarding process and conducted team building workshops.
- Collaborated with, and supported the CEO to reach outstanding organisational results.
- Ensured all operational tasks were completed according to procedural standards; reducing company exposures by 45%.
- Managed the submission of all Board reports and content on behalf of the CEO – reaping increased donations in 2015.
- Successfully managed four national fundraising events to raise over $500K in one year.
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