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Getting Back to Business CV Advice: Keep it Concise

Getting Back to Business CV Advice: Keep it Concise

As part of our Women in IT initiative, FDM recently launched our Getting Back to Business Programme to help those who have taken a career break re-enter the workforce.  Having now successfully recruited and trained over 30 people, we recognise that these individuals are an amazing asset to our clients, however many face difficulties when returning to the workplace. Some have a lack of confidence and others a degradation of skills, not to mention the negative perception of a career break hiring managers have. At FDM, we help our returners overcome those problems.

We sat down and spoke with Melinda Dixon, a Trainer in the London Academy, about her role in the Getting Back to Business Programme and how she is helping our returners prepare for the world of work once again.

My name is Melinda Dixon and I am very fortunate to work with all Getting Back to Business Trainees in their first week with the Academy. During this time, we focus on professional skills which centres around critical areas of communication, presentation and of course rebuilding confidence.  We also tackle the practical aspects of getting back into the job market, including writing a CV and undertaking an interview.

One of the most common mistakes I come across when candidates write a CV is that there is too much information. Career achievements and transferable skills are lost in the volume of wordy text.  For an experienced person, a CV of two to three pages are sufficient as most potential employers do not have the time to look through anything longer.

My top tip for writing a CV would be to keep it concise:

  • A good summary statement at the beginning is always valuable as it makes potential employers want to continue. Avoid is the overuse of fancy fonts, typefaces and colours.
  • Group information under key heading.
  • Make it easy for potential employers to see your worth. Highlight the key technical skills and competences you offer, together with the sectors with which you are familiar. This could include your achievements but doesn't need to cover every aspect of your work history.

Remember, having a career break doesn't mean doing nothing. If you have been active, think about how your recent work and activities can demonstrate your capabilities. Showcasing this on your CV will smooth your way back into the job market.

Click to find out more information about our Getting Back to Business Programme and how FDM can assist you in returning to the workplace after a career break.

Updated 29 March, 2016

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