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When it comes to writing a CV there are some standard dos and don’ts which work across the board. Do, for example, keep it concise, relevant to the job you’re going for and a maximum of two pages long. Accordingly, try and cut down on waffle and don’t include any unnecessary details in there, such as previous jobs which aren’t relevant.
Many experts suggest that you might want to have a standard CV available which outlines every job and every qualification you have, so that, each time you have an interview, you can tailor it to meet the requirements of the specific job role you’re applying for.
In the finance industry in particular, qualifications and experience seem to be valued in equal measure and, as the industry embraces greater diversity within its roles, there’s no reason why, if you have experience in a different sector which carries similar skills, that you shouldn’t be considered.
Depending on the level which you’re aiming for, qualifications can, to some extent, be gained while doing the role. However, when it comes to experience, this is where the value that you brought to a previous organisation will make you so appealing.
As well as showing you’re well qualified, you should be able to demonstrate the skills that you possess, through real examples. And, as is so often the case in the finance industry, they should be quantifiable. So, with regard to experience, think: What did I achieve, what difficulties were there, how did I overcome them and what was I able to deliver as an end result?
As well as the ‘harder’ skills, such as membership of professional bodies and certain financial qualifications, employers may also look for something which makes you stand out from all the rest. This is where a softer skill set can be used to your advantage. After all, if in a list of candidates every person has the same qualifications and similar experience, the employer will look to the added extras which could make all the difference.
So, here you might look to demonstrate a few of the following:
- Organisation skills – to demonstrate the ability to work on a variety of projects at the same time while maintaining a professional and clear headed approach.
- Good communication – to be able to relay sometimes technical information to all kinds of people in a concise and understandable way.
- Understanding of the company/ finance industry in general
Other skills might include being innovative and a problem solver, which will show that, as well as being a good fit with the team already in place, you might also bring with you some excellent ideas to make things better. While the last thing you want to do is criticise the organisation, demonstrating an ability to add value and improved functionality to something is always a good thing to have.
If you would like to find out more about putting yourself in the best light when it comes to jobs within the finance industry, or to find out more about some of the roles we are recruiting for, get in touch with us today.