I am currently an HR adviser and keen to move into an HR manager role. What infor-mation should I include on my CV to make the best first impression?
Johanna Simons, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes
You are obviously already aware that your CV is the most important document to make a first impression when contacting a prospective employer. To get noticed, it must be presentable and interesting with the objective of convincing employers that you have the skills, experience and compatibility to do the job.
Your CV will set the agenda for the interview, so ensure that it is achievement-orientated, as this will also remind the interviewer what you can offer their organisation. If you are looking for a promotion to manager level, you should include areas such as previous management responsibility, projects you have led or been involved with, deputising experience, budget responsibility, and the level of interface you had with your clients.
Keep it simple, using headings and bullet points to focus on key information. It is essential to include your personal details, career history including responsibilities and achievements, education and qualifications, and I also recommend that you add some personal information and a personal profile.
Victoria Wall, managing director, Victoria Wall Associates
To make this move you should highlight the experience on your CV most relevant to the new role. If you are CIPD qualified, this should be made clear early on in your CV together with any other relevant qualifications.
Highlight any key responsibilities and initiatives you have implemented and expand upon the management side of your role, particularly with regards to any supervisory responsibilities or leadership roles you have taken on. List all the areas of HR that you have advised on and who your internal client group is.
You should also include details of any relevant training courses and seminars that you have attended. Your CV should focus on the project and management sides of your role, rather than the administrative areas.
Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy
The most important information a prospective employer is looking for is your HR experience. They will be particularly interested in the level at which you have been working.
If you take recruitment and selection as an example,