How to Write an Industry-Specific CV

industry-specific-cvIn our previous article we focused on the basic information and layout that you can use when you create a CV. Now let’s take a look at the different styles of CV that are most suitable for professionals in different industries. Whether you are an engineer, a technician, a business analyst, or any other type of professional, the type of work you do and your level of experience may call for a slightly different CV.

Why does each industry require a different CV style?

Your CV is the first introduction between you and the company you’d like to work for, and each industry looks for different qualities and skills in their employees or management staff. To give yourself the best chance of being considered for the job, you’ll need to highlight skills and experience in your CV that are relevant to your industry.

How to write it

When you review your CV, make sure that it contains the basic information as mentioned in our previous article on CV writing:

  • Personal Details
  • Education
  • Core Skills
  • Work Experience
  • References

Once you have this basic information, you’ll need to decide what areas to focus on in your CV and what extra information you’d like to include. Here are a few ideas that should put you on the right track:

Corporate and Management CV’s

If you work for a large corporate or are in a management position, your CV should highlight your management skills and the path of your career since you started working. You should mention all management training you might have completed, as well as awards and other forms of recognition you have received. For corporate CVs, your work experience should be arranged in a timeline from the beginning of your career to the present.

Technical or Specialised Skills CV

If you have a specialised skill to offer your next employer, your CV needs to highlight the training and experience you have in your field. Professionals in the science and engineering, financial, IT, and creative industries should focus on the Education and Core Skills sections of their CVs, giving enough detail to prospective employers about their specialisations. Remember to include full details of work experience to show that you have implemented your training effectively in the work environment.

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