What a Business Owner Wants to See from a CV

There are many lengthy guides online letting you know how to create the perfect CV for that career search and  job interview you’ve managed to obtain, What a Business Owner Wants to See from a CVbut most of them are far too long and boring, which is why I’ve decided to condense that information into only 500 words. This should go part of the way to making your life a little easier over the next few days, as it can be difficult to know which details you should include, and which are best left out. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m no professional CV writer, but I have been offered every single job I’ve ever had an interview for, so you can guarantee my technique is adequate.

The most important thing to remember when writing your CV is to keep it simple. There’s no need to spend whole paragraphs explaining your previous employment roles, as this can be discussed at the interview. Instead, just listing your title and the name of the companies you’ve worked for should be enough for any potential employer you may meet. Incidentally, online portals like Itchy Feet Jobs are becoming a great place to find interesting vacancies.

Here are some of the things business owners want to see from your CV…

No Gaps In Employment History

Although you’re not supposed to lie on your CV, exaggerating the truth slightly is completely understandable, and in most cases, accepted as a given. So, if you’ve been employed constantly since you left school except for a three month spell on benefits when the company you worked for went bust, it’s best not to include this information. Instead, just alter the dates slightly to cover this period (no-one will ever know). There aren’t many employers who check anything more than your last job.

Lots Of Education

You might not think that first aid course you took last year would be of any interest to a potential employer, but it is. No matter what, you want to include all information relating to qualifications you’ve obtained in the workplace, and outside of the workplace. Indeed, it’s often the extra curricular learning employers find most appealing. So, even if you’ve recently done a 14 week course in Spanish dancing, you should definitely write it down. This shows you’re motivated to try hard in your personal life, which gives them a good indication of your attitude towards work.

No Irrelevant Information

To you, the fact that you had a falling out with your boss two jobs ago might be interesting, but to people trying to find out if you’re a suitable candidate for work, this is most definitely not interesting. Likewise, nobody wants to hear about how good you are at working in a team or on your own, as everyone writes this in their CV, so it’s completely pointless. Also, using words like “punctual” and phrases like “team player” really isn’t as impressive as you think it is. In fact, it makes your CV look as if you’ve copied it directly from someone elses.

So there you have it guys. Now you know what business owners want to see from your CV, you should have a much better chance of being successful in the future.

Keep up the good work!

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About Lee Brickley

Lee Brickley is a blogger on all things careers and business and lives in the United Kingdom.