By Amy Tate

We all want a CV that attracts the attention of a potential employer. That’s why our Associate Consultant, Amy Tate has put together nine key tips to help you write a CV that will get you noticed within the Audit sector.

Tip 1
Specify 3-4 of your clients and provide detail on the specific work you carried out on those audits. Including particularly complex areas audited, and any ‘value add’ work you carried out.

Tip 2
Hiring managers know what someone generally does in an Audit role, but they might not know about technical, analytical or project experience you’ve developed over your time in your current role. So now is your time to show them;
– What are your key achievements and/or process improvements?
– List 3-4 bullet points on their key achievements. What makes them different from the rest of the market? What makes you a key member of your team and company?

Tip 3
Replicate the STAR method of answering competency questions into your CV.
For example;
Situation = Company profile, setting, main objectives etc
Task and Actions = Detailed responsibilities
Results = Achievement, tangible and financial results including improvements

Tip 4
A simple but effective point – Where have you up skilled in your own time? Excel (VBA, Macros, etc), coding, valuations, etc

Tip 5
Don’t try and condense your CV to one page. Too often people try to make CVs one page which misses out lots of relevant information. Ultimately, your CV is what gets you through the front door, so make it count.

Tip 6
Make sure you format each role the same and use the same tense. Employers like to see a clean and easy to read CV, it should all be in the same font and flow effortlessly.
You don’t always have to write your CV in the third person, both the first and the third person are acceptable. However, the secret is removing the use of pronouns entirely; you don’t need to use ‘I’, ‘he’ or ‘she’ because its use is implied.
After all, you’re writing a CV about your own skills and experience.

Tip 7
List your CV from education to current job and any other relevant information like previous work or work experience. If you have been in Audit for the last three years that is where you should focus your experience on; not as a barista for Starbucks while studying in university.

Tip 8
Don’t forget to put any Industry placements, secondments or Internships. This is another great way to show even more experience and put you above the rest. Never be shy to show off your achievements; these are key facts that employers want to see.

Tip 9
Make sure you list some extracurricular activities on your CV. It will give you and the interviewer a great talking point and humanise you as a candidate. An employer wants someone who will be great at their job, but they will also want someone who will enjoy working with the team and company.

If you would like more advice on perfecting your CV, please get in touch with Amy Tate: amy.tate@goodmanmasson.com

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