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Top tips for writing a winning CV
Recruiters spend approximately 30 seconds on their initial review, so grabbing their attention is vital. Having a well-written CV that is presented clearly is therefore key to gaining a significant advantage over other candidates.
Using our network of International NGO clients, we asked three current senior finance recruiters from Oxfam, British Red Cross and Save the Children for their top tips on creating a winning CV. Here's what they told us...
- Ensure the CV is an attention grabber – convey energy and enthusiasm in the cover letter or introductory paragraph, and state your key achievements so the reader doesn’t have to search for them
- Be brief – eliminate waffle, acronyms and irrelevant information. Keep to a maximum of 2-3 pages
- Tailor your CV to the job if possible - ensure that your experience is clear and that it aligns with the person specification
- Don’t list the entire job description under each role, just the 3-5 key responsibilities. Start with latest position and ensure there are no gaps in employment history. Your CV should give a clear sense of the size and type of organisations you have worked for, too
- Take care with your presentation - use consistent formatting and check thoroughly for spelling and grammatical errors. This will show that you have good attention to detail and that you take pride in your work.
These tips were compiled by Jackie Meek and Stella Hobbs, who deliver the Mango Recruitment service. Between them, they have over 30 years of HR and Recruitment experience within the international development sector. If you're interested in finding your next NGO finance role and would like advice, email the Recruitment team today or call them on +44 (0) 1865 433 342.