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How to write the perfect resume (CV)


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Movemeon's founders are regularly asked about the way to write a great CV. So here we share our best advice for writing an outstanding CV using consulting skill. To see more, visit

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How to write the perfect resume (CV)

  1. 1. How to write the perfect resume (CV) - by using consulting skills
  2. 2. Let’s start simple: you probably do these 6 things when preparing a consulting presentation 1. Define the most important messages 2. Cut the other stuff 3. Use an appendix for detail 4. Tailor to your audience 5. Create an executive summary 6. Be able to deliver it in an elevator pitch
  3. 3. And you probably also do the following 4 things when writing your CV: 1. Give all experience equal weight 2. Include everything - no vaguely relevant project gets the cut 3. Describe all experience in generic terms 4. Fail to include your ‘story’ – why you are right for the job, running through your CV
  4. 4. It’s funny how lessons learnt from consulting are rarely applied to CVs. Because if you applied them, this is what you would do ...
  5. 5. 1. Summarise (the elevator pitch) • Fact: People scan CVs • So-what: So you need to tell them what they’re getting & why you’re a no-brainer Tip: write a 2-3 line summary at the top of your CV & match it to the skills required by the employer
  6. 6. 2. Prioritise • Fact: CVs that are chronological lists hide their owners’ most important & relevant experience • So-what: You need to use a CV structure that will show your reader immediately that you are the right fit for the job Tip: check the requirements of the job & highlight your matching experience & skills – delete everything else
  7. 7. 3. De-clutter • Fact: the traditional CV is an academic document – the longer, the more credible. In a job application, the longer, the less likely to be read • So-what: An overly-long CV in most applications suggests you have not tailored – so you don’t actually care about the job Tip: stick to 1 page, it’s that simple – the more ‘white space’, the better
  8. 8. 4. Signpost • Fact: Most CVs use formatting to differentiate generic things, like the dates & locations of jobs • So-what: Dates & locations do not help the reader find your priority messages Tips: use differentiated text for your personal summary, current role/company, skills you have that the new job requires & your university/subject
  9. 9. +1: Case Study • Being ex-consultants ourselves, we know clients love case studies • So here’s one we prepared earlier, showing those differentiated bits…
  10. 10. The key takeaways 1. remember: a CV is a tool to get you to interview - you can always discuss your more interesting experience once you get there! 3. applying the lessons learnt from your years in consulting to your CV will increase your chances of being noticed! 2. sharing too much detail on a CV is actually a reason why a lot of people won’t interview you – they’ll find something they don’t like!