Your CV is your first impression, and can be a powerful weapon if written well.
In this blog post series I asked 3 senior members of the Osmii team to discuss what the best CV’s in their industry look like and some general housekeeping rules.
This week I discussed with Toby what makes the best CV’s within the Client Services and Project Management sector. He has over 7 years of digital recruitment experience working with some of the largest agencies in the world, placing globally so he most definitely knows what he’s talking about.
What a good CV looks like can totally vary from role and industry but there are a few standards that never change across the board. These include correct grammar and spelling, a concise CV (2 pages is ideal), highlighting relevant experience and key skills. He recommends if you have a large and broad work history to only include the most relevant up to the last 10 years, if there are jobs not relevant to the role you applying for, still include to not leave gaps in employment but a description isn’t necessary.
What to include in your CV:
Toby works with both perm and contract roles and usually sees his contract candidates separating their freelance work and only listing companies they have worked for which works well and doesn’t take up too much space.
Specifically in Toby’s perm hires for Client Services he recognises those who demonstrate stability in reputable companies, and looks out for signs of promotion and career progression. Those who have roles they worked for less than a year need to have clear cut reasons for leaving as this raises alarm bells. What about those with little experience? “It’s important to show passion, have the right attitude and a willingness to learn”.
Some of our tech recruiter’s look for keywords or skills that they need to tick for the role, however Toby was quick to point out Client services/Project Management is a totally different ball game. Although it is beneficial for candidates to include if they have a Prince 2 qualification or specify in Agile or Waterfall methodologies, it isn’t always essential to have this as it’s important to highlight the kind of projects/accounts you’ve worked across and in which areas; Digital, TV, Print etc…
It’s difficult to determine a candidate through their CV alone. To get a sense of their personality Toby always recommends meeting face to face. “You can fluff up your CV and make it look wonderful but until you meet with that candidate it’s difficult to really gage them and their experience”.
If you are a Project Manager / Account Manager and looking for a new role within Client Services please don’t hesitate to send your CV over to Toby: email@example.com
Be sure to check out next weeks post, Part 2 – ‘What the best CV’s look like for Developers’