General tipsA well-crafted CV is one of the best ways to catch the attention of any potential employer. The CV will be used to make a snap decision on whether to offer an interview or not, so it's essential to spend time and effort writing a new document whenever submitting a new application. Recycling an old CV is rarely a good idea, and simply indicates laziness to an employer. Instead, the applicant should take a good look at the job's key skills and experience requirements, before using these as a guide. This will help them to create a CV that clearly demonstrates how the candidate is a good fit for the position. Making reference to previous occasions where the individual has overcome similar challenges to those that the new position is likely to present will also add authority to a CV. It's best to avoid making a CV too long, however, as most employers like to scan through them looking for key information. Using bullet points, and keeping the document to two sides of A4 as a maximum, is advisable.
The sales CV
The key to being successful at sales in general is to be confident - in order to create an impression of knowledge and authority - but to avoid drifting into arrogance, which alienates prospects. Conducting the right amount of research is essential, and understanding exactly what the other party wants and needs is also crucial. When applying for a sales job, exactly the same principals apply. It is, of course, essential to mention past achievements and experience, but too much self-praise will come across as ugly. Employers will be looking for individuals who are excellent communicators, and who have the ability to establish rapport quickly with people from all backgrounds.
Our sales recruiters outline their number one CV writing tip below: