Resume guide

January 17, 2024

How should I organise my CV and what content should I include?

Applications for jobs are as high as they have ever been and the CV, more than ever, is critical in ensuring you secure your perfect role or at least give yourself the chance to interview for it. It is important to remember that your CV is a selling tool speaking on your behalf. It needs to be a strong, achievements focused document which will ensure you stand out in a crowded marketplace. Many of these tips will be familiar to you – some not so – but the fact of the matter is that as an HR professional, you will have written many more job descriptions than you will have your own CV and the two should be very different.

Font and layout

You should ensure your CV uses a font that is easy to read e.g. Arial and laid out in a clear structure.

• Personal information
• Qualifications
• Employment history (beginning with your most recent experience)
• Interests
You should use bold letters and underlining for the company name and dates only, and bold for your current position which should be listed on a new line. Be sure to proofread your final CV several times for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Personal Information

Always list your full contact details including your full name, address, email and perhaps a link to your LinkedIn profile. 


The key here is that if you are in doubt, leave them out. Be prepared to elaborate on any of your interests such as the last play you saw, the last book you read, the last place that you  visited on a scuba diving holiday. If you have any interests that might, in any way, be controversial then leave them off the CV. In any event this section should be no longer than two lines.


This is probably the biggest area where HR professionals must excel in order to find that next role and is the single term we hear more than any other. The perfect candidate for any client will have the right personality fit and will also be highly commercial.
To convey this in a CV, a good place to start is with numbers – you should include budgets, percentage figures and always bring your work back to the commercial reasoning behind it.
HR should not be done for HR’s sake but as a value-add, commercial, business partnering function, otherwise it is viewed as a cost-centre. HR must save costs, increase performance, ensure people are engaged and motivated and ensure the talent and potential of the people within the business is realised.


One of the most difficult things to include on a CV are measurables. Many businesses do not measure their HR output, results or return on investment and if this includes you then unfortunately you may struggle to quantify your successes and potentially lose out to candidates who can.
If you are in recruitment you should write about time per hire, cost per hire, number of vacancies filled directly, percentage of hires made directly and you should know these numbers. Generalists should mention  retention figures, cost savings, return on investment from a management development programme and anything that has been measured in the course of a year.


Your CV is no longer enough. Commercial recruiters will put your name into LinkedIn and if you do not have a strong, current profile with recommendations – someone else will. Ensure your profile is up to date and put a link in your CV.

Employment History

It is generally accepted practice to put your employment history in reverse chronological order and this section should include dates, size and scope of responsibilities and achievements. Remember at all times that potential employers are looking for evidence that you can add value to the job and the organisation.

• Give most space to your most recent job
• If you do not work for a well-known organisation it might be appropriate to insert a brief description of the company and its business
• Dates – it is only necessary to put the month and year of joining and leaving any employer. Your current position should be ‘to date’
• State your title
• Group your experience according to type of work e.g type of deal
• Use sub-headings to state the value of the deal, brief details of the transaction/key points of the matter.

• List specific project responsibilities/involvement in projects
• Do not leave out any period of employment for whatever reason – ensure that your time is accountable and that you can explain any gaps at interview
• Do not give reasons for leaving any of the jobs on your CV – it is far better to explain your moves in person at interview
• Do not embellish your CV or be economical with the truth (i.e. overstating your experience or accomplishments) – you will be found out at interview
• Salary information should be left off the CV but you should be prepared to discuss your salary with recruitment consultants at an early stage, so they know you are in the right range.
• Only use technical/professional jargon where necessary.

If you would like further support on building your CV, please get in touch with a consultant.


  • Retail/e-Commerce

HR Business Partner (HRBP)

Join our client, a globally owned luxury retailer, as a dynamic Human Resources Business Partner! In this role, you’ll play a key role in supporting a corporate remit with two direct reports. We’re seeking someone with exceptional interpersonal skills, adept at resolving employee relations issues while running learning/training initiatives and performance management. This onsite position […]
  • Salary USD80000 – USD100000 per annum + bonus
  • Posted Posted 9 hours ago
  • Media

Head of HR Business Partnering

I am delighted to be partnering with a global publishing company that empowers and shapes the future of social science and research. They are looking to appoint a Head of HR Business Partnering to join the team and drive the continued growth and development of the HR offering. About the role.. As Head of HR […]
  • Salary GBP85000 – GBP90000 per annum
  • Posted Posted 13 hours ago
  • Professional Services

Payroll Associate

Payroll Associate- Permanent – Manchester – up to £25K +Benefits We have partnered up with a Global professional services firm who are looking to expand their team. The firm is one of the largest and most successful companies in their space. You would be joining a business where you can look to develop and build […]
  • Posted Posted 13 hours ago
  • Engineering/manufacturing/industrial

Plant HR Manager (m/f/d)

We are looking for an HR Manager for a globally leading industrial manufacturing company, for their headquarters near Frankfurt. In this role, you will lead a small team and collaborate closely with the Plant Manager and the Head of HR. Plant HR Manager (m/f/d) – Frankfurt Responsibilites Develop strategic and operational HR processes and structures. […]
  • Salary EUR90000 – EUR110000 per annum
  • Posted Posted 18 hours ago
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Engineering/manufacturing/industrial
  • FMCG/consumer goods
  • Logistics/supply chain


My Lancashire based client is looking to appoint a UK HR Lead. You will be part of the UK Leadership Team and a key member of the international HR Team. As HR Lead for the UK you will develop & implement the UK People Strategy and provide expert guidance to leaders in supporting the Business […]
  • Salary GBP75000 – GBP90000 per annum + car + bonus
  • Posted Posted 2 days ago
  • Professional Services

HR Business Partner – Munich

Our client is an international consulting firm that works with executives worldwide on strategic challenges. The company operates in various sectors including technology, media, retail, FMCG, B2B and B2C services, and private equity. The firm combines expertise with tailored approaches and promotes personal development for all team members. An inclusive culture is maintained, encouraging applications […]
  • Salary EUR80000 – EUR100000 per annum
  • Posted Posted 3 days ago

Featured Content