As an Executive Search Researcher I see several CVs and meet many candidates on a day-to-day basis. The senior procurement and supply chain professionals that I speak with all possess a wealth of skills and experience, but I am continuously asked: ‘How can I make my CV stand out from the crowd?’
The number one thing job seekers can do to improve their CV is to evidence their achievements. This may sound incredibly simple, but it’s surprising how many candidates do not accurately emphasise or even mention their best accomplishments in their CV.
Clients want to know what you have achieved – not what you think you can achieve – so that they can translate what you have done into what you can do in their team and their organisation.
Numbers and statistics are the easiest way to prove your experience and expertise; instead of writing that you ‘delivered significant cost savings’ or ‘led large-scale procurement transformation’, spell out exactly how much you saved and explain the tangible benefits of the procurement transformation to show how much of a difference you really made in each of your roles.
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Tayo Sanyaolou is the Researcher for the Industrial Practice at Langley Search & Interim.