Derek made the industry change from a cleaning company to a company in the healthcare industry supplying over-the-counter prescription drugs and vitamin supplements. The company had grown in turnover in the last four years from £3 million to £14million  - which suited Derek as he was looking to move into an Operations Manager role in healthcare which he felt gave him more challenges and opportunity following his MBA.

The Recruiter who hired him told me why his CV went to the top of the pile:

  • His CV was easy to read, making it easy to select him
  • The CV stated measurable benefits
  • Derek had painted a picture of the environment he had worked in e.g. the size of business and the contacts he had
  • The tone was commercial and to the point
  • He demonstrated he had read the job specification as he spelt out how he met the recruitment criteria in his CV

If you are looking to be hired for a job function similar to the one you have now or the next position up, you should use a chronological resume/CV e.g. list your career history starting with your most recent position. A recruiter wants to see a logical career progression in terms of responsibilities and a track record of achievement. You can also use a chronological resume if you want to change industry although you should make sure you don’t include too much industry specific jargon.

A functional resume can be used when you want to change position or job function. In this scenario you want to present cross-transferable skills relevant to the new field you want to move into. Advice varies as to how to present a functional resume, I recommend using a chronological format although within the information about your career history, highlight your cross transferable skills by function.

When changing career you should consider using a profile at the top of your CV, to present yourself in a way that is attractive to your new career. Many successful career changers I have worked with have made sure the first position listing in their career history is relevant to the field they are trying to break into. Sometimes this position was done in their spare time for little or no money. MBA’s can use their course work, project and electives to demonstrate to a recruiter their commitment to their new field.

While Linkedin is increasingly important in job searches, the CV is still used as one of the key ways to apply for a role and requested by many companies as the first step in the hiring process.

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