If there’s one thing we see a lot of at Foundation Recruitment, it’s CVs. It’s part of our job. It’s also part of our job to know what makes a great one and what falls short of the expectations of most of our clients.
Whilst we will always champion your cause to our clients and offer them our full and honest opinions, a great CV can give us that added advantage. So here are our three top tips to help you shout about your achievements and maximise your chances of securing first interview success in an increasingly competitive shopping centre and venue management job market.
Tip 1 – Paint a picture
You might know your scheme inside out but your prospective interviewer probably won’t. In your career section, start each role by including a short paragraph detailing key information about each centre where you have worked. This should include
Tip 2 – Achievements not just duties
In the main, those involved in recruiting shopping centre management professionals will already know the key responsibilities of most roles. As such, there’s arguably little value in spelling out your day-to-day duties. Instead focus on achievements that are unique to you. Any prospective employer is interested in what you can bring to their scheme that other candidates cannot. Specific items you might want to cover include:
Tip 3 – Keep it short and to the point
Resist the temptation to list every duty and every single achievement from every position throughout your entire career. For most opportunities, employers will have a number of CVs to consider and it’s highly unlikely they’ll have the time or desire to read a four page career history, no matter how impressive.
It’s especially important to keep the information for historic or less relevant roles brief. These may not have any bearing on your ability to do the job on offer. Instead, focus on building the most detail into those positions which are more recent or more relevant as well as those where you were employed for a significant period.
Following these tips will certainly help you get your CV off to the best start whilst maximizing your chances of success. If you’d like further support and insight, Foundation Recruitment also offers a full CV writing guide which provides additional advice on best practice techniques. To request a copy, simply get in touch.