1 October 2017
How to write the perfect executive CV

 

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In Thailand, competition for managerial jobs is at an all-time high as the country welcomes in the new digital age to industry via Thailand 4.0. As much as there is a great need for specialists in all fields, there is also a huge requirement for executive roles to ensure that the new processes and logistics are put into place safely, cheaply and in a streamlined manner. Time to write  new CV.

Digital technology in communications have been around us now for a long time – allowing us to contact each other instantly and globally at the click of a button.  In terms of recruitment you can see highly-powerful information about individuals on social media and on app profiles and you can see cutting-edge vacancies on job specialist job sites such as our own site here at Peak Recruitment. Websites such as ‘Linked-In’ offer a fantastic network for tracking down that next great post and a resource for employers to find the next great employee on the fly.

But the CV or resume will always be the foundation of an executive’s armoury when looking for a new exciting post. Whatever vehicle you use, online or offline, to fill your vacancy, in most cases you will find yourself eventually reading a resume or CV. and They remain fundamental to the recruitment process and they are not likely to go away anytime soon.

Successful executive CV’s keep to the same set of rules to ensure their resumé’s are engaging, that they effectively highlight the talents and skills that are on offer and how those factors marry with the job requirements. So, let’s look at some top tips to remember when structuring your CV:

This is as much about the company as it is about you

The important point to remember when writing an executive CV is to put yourself on an equal footing with the company you are writing to. In a way this must be a document that is as much about you as it is about the company that is offering the post. When your prospective employer reads it, they should be picking up information that directly relates and openly states how your talents can be used within the job post itself. They will clearly see reflected, a knowledge of their own company, the industry, the competition and the products through passion in your writing, past experiences linked to the job description and at the very least, a distinct interest in the job which has led to thorough company research.

Talk business rather than history

There is a tendency in everyday CV’s to chronologically relate the employment posts you have had along with what those experiences were. You need to go one step further here and talk in terms of ‘business’ rather than ‘history’. Employers will need to see a past employment journey, but phrase successes in a way that relates directly to what is expected in the job description. Use business speak: What were your successes in terms of money and production?  Detail successes in terms leading teams and innovative projects.

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How can your experiences add value to the new company?

The important word here is value. The reason why some individuals make great managers is hard to define. Often it is down to a unique personality and approach to the job that in turn is not something you can easily label or bottle. So be clear about how your experiences and presence will specifically add value to the new company.

What is your skill set?

The traditional structure of a CV is: an introduction. educational background, employment background and summary. But an executive need to clearly show his skillset. As mentioned above, those skills or personality traits that trigger successes are not always easy to define, so use experiences to help reflect what you are trying to put over. Create a special section on the CV dedicated to your skills and relate them to the job description, and company mission.

It should be a profile of you as a person not just a worker

Don’t think in terms of yourself as an employee alone. Your profile needs to describe you as a complete person. So therefore include the type of hobbies you do in your spare time and  relevant information which gives pointers as to how you approach life, your opinions and belief systems. This in turn will give your prospective employer useful clues as to how you will fit in to the new work culture overall.

Be sparse rather than verbose

Today, when hundreds of people are chasing the same job from anywhere across the globe and an employer can find a stack of data about an individual online, you are going to be up against a lot of competition – and the employer will have a lot of reading matter in front of him. Write to make your CV friendly, engaging and readable. Bullet-points, sub-headings and short paragraphs make for easy reading. Write to put over facts then quickly move on. Aim to make the CV as short as possible.

Summarize why you are interested in the post

Prospective employers will often go to the end of the CV first to view the summary. If they like what they see there, then they will consider reading all about you in the rest of the document. Therefore, the summary has to be the most important part of the CV. Make it short and succinct, but make sure it pulls together all the most salient points in terms of the job description.

Peak Recruitment is the leading recruitment agency in Thailand. A human resource specialist, our pioneering methodology and commitment to deliver exemplary services has placed us first for executive recruitment in Bangkok. As a team, we offer a distinctive approach that you just won’t find anywhere else in Thailand.  For contact information click here