Today, and more than ever, most people are responsible for building their own careers. Although you may have several years of experience, this information may help you advance your career.
Global Bankers suggest you use the Chronological Resume style for Banking & Financial Services applications:
The academic education, qualifications and experience appear in inverse chronological order, beginning by the current or last employment and later the previous ones, finishing with your educational and qualifications:
This will emphasise your progression in employment, promotions and increase of responsibilities are clearly reflected.
Seeking for a new job in an increasingly competitive market is never an easy task and making the right first impression is vital. You may not realise that an interview is actually your second chance to impress; the first is your CV! So make sure this reflects your experience including key skills, systems used, products worked with, target markets, achievements and your track record.
When writing your CV to send to an Agency or prospective Employer, ensure you do the following:
- Develop your CV with a specific position in mind and make it relevant to the job you are applying for.
- Format your CV according to the standards of the region you are looking to work in. In some countries, a 10 page CV is not unusual, in the UK and Middle East 2-3 pages is more than enough.
- Do not use fancy fonts, or different font/header types. Use business orientated language and keep it professional and easy on the eye from a visual point of view.
- List your work history in chronological order, starting with the most recent employer / position first.
- Ensure you include the dates you have held for each position (to and from), even if was only a short assignment. If you leave dates out, potential employers may think you have something to hide.
- List any Achievements and highlights.
- Highlight the key matching skills between your current position and the position you are applying for. This is especially important if you want to move into a different area or specialty.
- Ensure that every piece of information you include helps demonstrate that you are the most qualified person for this position. If it doesn’t add weight to this specific role, leave it out.
- Never exaggerate your qualifications, experience or salary level. If you are found out, this will likely be a deal breaker.
- Try not to use the words ‘I’, ‘me’ ‘my’ or ‘mine’ where possible. Try to keep the CV in the third person.
- Finally run a spelling and grammar check. Poor spelling and grammar in a CV indicates a lack of attention to detail.
- Once you have created your new Resume, forward a copy with your current position and location in the Subject Line. You will automatically be added to our records and network.