Client Portfolio - examples of successful CVs. CV Case Studies
A Perfect CV has an outstanding 20+ years record of writing professional CVs and Profiles for clients across every career category and industry. The following Case Studies provide a brief insight into the range of A Perfect CV's writing expertise in understanding and resolving tricky issues, and writing persuasive copy to assist clients achieve their aims.
Chartered Finance Director
Objective: A New Career Path
Andrew was a strategic, board-level Finance Director with a blue chip pharmaceutical company. He presented with an 8 page CV which he had added to rather haphazardly during his 25 year career.
The CV did not do justice to the full extent of Andrew's capabilities. The first page focused on his name, contact details, and personal information. Only when we reached the second half of the second page were we able to read relevant information that would get noticed.
What we did
A professional CV writer worked through every line of Andrew's information, editing, rewriting and repositioning text, deleting out of date or repetitive text, while at the same time building upon areas that would add value to create a perfect CV. Key introductions included evidence of Andrew's ability to create and deliver the 10-year business strategy, lead, negotiate, reduce risk, increase cash flows, cut costs, manage worldwide legal issues, streamline financial processes, introduce a global tax training programme. tighten corporate governance controls. We more than halved the information and trebled the content value
The two page executive CV we produced captured the full scope of Andrew's expertise and achievements, and resulted in immediate interviews with three executive recruiters and two offers - one of which he is to take up in the New Year. Andrew says he is looking forward positively to fresh challenges.
Objective: Transition from Perm to Interim
Brian had spent three decades managing and developing a business; however, due to the economic crises he found it imperative to quicklyfind another role and expressed interest in interim management consultancy.
Having been with the same company a long time, Brian had never had a CV, so we commenced with a blank canvas. During one-to-one consultations we talked through his career and cross functional management experience, and selected the key aspects most valued and in demand in today's consulting space.
What we did
We started with a succinct Profile highlighting Brian's strengths, then divided his key areas of expertise into those most valued in an interim manager. We provided factual evidence of his excellent performance across finance, operations, M&As, sales and people management. Within the language we demonstrated tenacity, creativity, business acumen, and a culturally diverse approach - plus an ability to win the hearts and minds of people - all in a professional, easy-flowing style of writi
Within one month, Brian secured his first role as an interim management consultant, and this quickly led on to further lucrative and interesting assignments.
Teacher & Assistant Head of Year
Objective: Adapting to different culture
Deborah worked at a Community College in the UK. Initially, we helped her to apply successfully for a Teacher of English / Humanities Teacher post at a community school in Dubai. Deborah's career developed to include a School Advisory Board Governor position.
Two years later Deborah returned and asked us to change her English CV into one suitable for a role as a Teacher of English at a prestigious Saudi Arabian Academy. We visited the Academy's website to gain an insight into the school's objectives and what they held as most important - academic excellence - physical, social and cultural growth - challenging targets - confidence - extra-curricular activities - healthy environment - care for others (charitable work) etc etc.
What we did
We ensured that the key requirements for the role were all made clear at first glance - in the Profile 'personal branding' statement. We divided Deborah's CV into sub-headings with examples of initiatives and achievements in the required areas. We also conveyed Deborah's 'whole school' approach and her enthusiasm for enabling and empowering students of all abilities and nationalities to achieve their full academic and personal potential, value their traditions, and become responsible citizens.
Deborah was appointed to the role despite intense competition from other highly qualified applicants.
Objective: Transform lengthy, out-of-date CV
Dave left his Operations Management role in the UK to live in Spain. However, after some years he decided to work in Saudi Arabia. Dave presented a very outdated six page CV that lacked focus and did not reflect the outstanding results he had achieved during his career with a world-leading provider of mobile end to end telecoms solutions.
With competition being particularly fierce in his target market, the challenge was to convince recruitment agencies that Dave had more than the knowledge, talent and expertise expected in Saudi Arabia - he could offer an innovative, solutions driven approach to improve performance.
What we did
We commenced with a Profile, a 'personal branding statement' to engage the reader and highlight his key skills as they related to his target job - thereby encouraging them to want to read more. Talking through Dave's career we drew out the gems, and with 18 bullet points on the first page and 15 on the second showcased evidenced-based examples of how he had used his technical, quality, strategic planning and leadership expertise to improve workflows, enhance product quality, and overall performance.
Dave obtained a career with National Oilwell Varco, the leading provider for the worldwide oil and gas industry in Saudi Arabia. He has sinxe been promoted twice
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