By simply dropping the “I am” you switch the paragraph from first person (singular) to the third person (singular).
3. In the second paragraph John brings out the important point that he has worked in the health sector:
“My focus whilst employed within the Health organisations has been on creating and managing the businesses local infrastructure including the management of local and wide area networks facilities.”
If you have health sector experience then please mention it straight away - GoToJobBoard only promotes jobs within the health sector and the majority of the jobs listed will be looking for some existing health sector experience. Given a choice, the majority of health sector employers will choose someone with existing health sector experience over someone from outside the sector, even if their skills and experience are equal. Having existing health sector experience will always give you the edge in these situations.
4. Mention relevant qualifications in your profile - please note I stress relevant qualifications. As a highly experienced Project Manager, John knows that the NHS in particular is a big user of the Prince Programme Management methodology and states that he has “achieved success with those products by the use of Prince Programme Management methodology”
5. Give examples to back up your opening paragraph. In the third paragraph above, John says:
And in the fourth paragraph he mentions key organisations he has worked for:
“..... I was engaged within NHS Connecting for Health I developed Quality Assurance advice both to Local Service Providers and NHS Trusts”
I noticed he deliberately avoided blank lines in his opening profile, guaranteeing more text above the fold - good move.
6. Bullet Points - always good to have in your opening profile and his highlight, in particular, the key attributes of a good project manager
● Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills
● Solution orientated, resourceful and performance assured under pressure.
● Excellent communication skill at all levels, including Management Board.
● Capable of independent initiative and strategic planning.
● Proven motivation and developmental skills
Notice he has included words such as strong and solution and excellent and capable and proven. These are powerful and eye catching.
Remember, all we are trying to do at this stage is to get the recruiter to take notice of us and be prepared to read the rest of the CV.
7. What you don’t see…
Congratulations - you’ve got your CV past the recruiter - how do you know that? Simply because he/she has called or emailed you to discuss the role in more detail. If you are contacted by a recruiter about the role you have applied for then they are usually interested in getting you to go through them for the role.
So what happens next to your CV? Well, despite all your long hours of hard work, recruitment companies all have their own specific “style” of presentation or “prepping your CV” as it is known in the trade. This usually includes removing all personal information - home address, email address, LinkedIn address, telephone numbers and copying your CV on to their in-house format with all their company details included.
They may also include a cover sheet with a brief summary of your skills and experience together with their rate for you to do the job along with availability
So, to summarise, let me give you a series of NO’s and a series of YES’s which, if followed, will help you get noticed and get that interview!
Here are the NO’s
No photo’s, no graphics showing qualifications or membership of professional bodies, no boxes surrounding the text, no complicated formatting of the document, no PDF files.
All of the above complicate the process of copying your CV over to the recruitment business template for presentation to their client and recruiters hate complications!
A big one is - NO GAPS in your CV - you must explain any gaps otherwise a recruiter will think the worst! It is acceptable to say “renovating my house”, “sailing/cycling around the world”, “taking care of a sick relative”. Whatever it is, it is much better to explain up-front on paper any gaps in your CV before you have to explain these to a recruiter. The client will always spot gaps and will expect the recruiter to be able to explain these.
Here are the YES’s
YES to a simple introduction with a powerful profile as shown above.
YES to simple, easy to read words.
YES to simple formatting in a Word format (not PDF)
YES to keeping your CV to around 3 to 4 pages maximum
YES to a simple MS-Word format in a popular font (Arial is good)
So, best of luck and I hope this little guide to getting your CV past any agency recruiter helps!
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Story by Don Tomlinson, founder of max20, the only specialist recruitment business dedicated to non-medical recruitment in the NHS and founder of GoToJobBoard - the only non-medical job board dedicated to the NHS and the wider healthcare community.
Visuals by Tatiana Prichislenko, Marketing Manager at GoToJobBoard
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