CV Tips: The Influence of Work Experience in Your CV

Catch up quickly on my previous blog in the series: CV Tips, in case you have missed

  1. CV Headline - Writing a winning CV headline

  2. CV Formatting - Format your CV very well

  3. Core Competencies and Career Synopsis - Make maximum use of the Keywords

  4. Is my CV too long?

Your 'work experience' is probably the most influential subheading of your CV and what is why it must be as close to perfect in every way.


Some formats of Work Experience are below:

Work Experience title in your CV

OR

Work experience heading in your resume

OR

Work Experience in your CV structure

OR

Resume format for work experience

CV TIPS FOR WORK EXPERIENCE


1. Must be Reverse Chronological

The last 10-15 years of your work experience or last 3 jobs (whichever is more) is most relevant. You should also keep this in mind when applying for jobs.

Keep your work experience to a maximum of 8-10 bullet points per job description highlighting most job or industry-specific keywords in every line. You may want to bold the word only.

​Can all be used as long as it is kept as a standard throughout the experience


2. Don’t worry if you don’t have work experience

Everyone starts without work experience and everyone ends having good work experience. What matters is who you work for, what have learned and achieved, and how have you grown.

If you do not have work experience, focus on your bio, your education, the training and projects you have completed, your skills, and make this sellable.


3. Bullet Points

Use the most impactful sentences with bullet points. Avoid being descriptive. Your CV is being read by professionals who know how to interpret it. You must use one very important industry or product or work related "keyword". Your CV should not have too much information but just enough of the most important ingredients to warrant a call or email.


4. Keep it simple, relevant and interesting

Don’t use fancy words or jargon that appear confusing. You do not want the reader to get confused or not understand. This will defeat the purpose. Your CV must contain simple and professionals words, industry, or product-specific terms and these must always be impactful.


5.Facts, Figures, and Numbers

Maximize usage of numbers as digits and not words. Thee same with percentages. Graphical representation in charts, diagrams creates an impression.

  • Achieved 95% results in my first sales quarter OR

  • Trained 150 staff over the first year OR

  • Sold AED 400,000 worth of medical supplies between 2019-2020


6. Consider substituting experience with achievements

Companies want performers. If you can highlight your achievements and accomplishments it is even better than presenting your job responsibilities (or a mix of both is best and most recommended). Besides your achievements are directly linked to your duties and the impact is even greater. You will have also designed an “achievement” based CV.


7. Use words that create an Impact

Often using words like a detail-oriented, team player, and hard work is boring, monotonous, and vague.

But using words like a “strong leader”, “sales strategist” or an “effective communicator” are important characteristics you want to get across. Write down these words along with your keywords before preparing your CV.


8. List all your Work

All your work, whether part-time or full time, whether paid or unpaid, whether charitable or project-based must be included in your CV in reverse chronological order. It tells a lot about you. Experience always counts.


9. Use a good word mix

Every bullet point must start with a different word. Well almost. Using words like "Created", "Designed", "Accomplished", "Achieved", "Managed", "Trained", etc as the first word greatly helps. Your current job description will show these words in the present tense.


10. Make Your CV Keyword Rich

Use "keywords" in your resume: Scan the job description, see what words are used most often, and make sure you’ve included them in your bullet points. Not only is this a self-check that you’re targeting your resume to the job, but it’ll also make sure you get noticed in applicant tracking systems. Try a tool (like SEO - keyword search) that will analyze and share the most used keywords.

e.g


ABS Shipping                                                           March 2015 to September 2018

Senior Accountant

Preparation of consolidated financial reports, working capital management, and control.

  • Processing vendor's payments, verification, reconciliation on a daily basis.

  • Preparing and verifying all petty cash protocol and payments, and physical verification to maintain adequate liquidity.

  • Daily review & follow up of accounts receivables (AR) and accounts payables (AP).

  • Preparation & Implementation of Internal control processes for daily accounting.

  • Reconciliation of Dubai Customs, DP World, Calogi, portal account periodically.

  • Filling of periodical VAT return & maintain records in compliance with FTA regulations.

  • Preparation of MIS reports summarizing business financial position for management.

  • Reporting of profitability/contribution job-wise, custom standing guarantee used & rotation reports, the productivity of labor report for management.

  • Assisting in the preparation of cash flow statements, activity-wise reports, annual budgets, forecasting trends, capital budgeting& break-even analysis.

  • Variance analysis between budgeted & actual spends with reasons thereof.

Next Week: Education is Critical


CV Tips: The Influence of Work Experience in Your CV