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Having read quite a few tips and advice on how to write the best CV, are you still unsure how to do it? Be inspired by our sample CV created by Grafton Recruitment specialists. The following sample CV will be helpful especially to senior job seekers who already have adequate experience.
This sample CV is of course not the only correct one. There is no such thing. Every HR professional has their own opinion on the form of a CV, and so do professionals at Grafton. However, it is always good to know how the CV is viewed by the other side; the side that decides whether you will be invited to a job interview based on the CV submitted.
CV – Ing. John Placeable
Phone: 728 419 321
Address: Na Poříčí 3a, 110 00 Prague
Date of birth: 3 August 1971
As far as contact details and personal data are concerned, the above amount of information is sufficient. Moreover, you can include your gender, particularly in cases where this could be unclear from your name and the employer would therefore not know whether to address you in writing as Mr. or Ms.
Key skills and capabilities
Indicate your key skills with regard to the position you are applying for. The job description in the advertisement will help you.
5/2006–present Food Ltd. - one of the world's largest food producers
In addition to the name of the employer you should briefly describe its activities. Note that a HR professional may not know the particular company, but the description will give some hints. Moreover, it can be one of the most important factors in the decision whether or not you will be invited for an interview.
Since 1/2009- Country Manager for the Czech and Slovak Republics
Describe the key responsibilities you had in the job, however, do not write out every detail such as writing and replying to emails.
Streamlining the functioning of the business through reorganisation, including appointing a new manager –development of a new business strategy, cost reduction and profit increase.
For senior positions it is important to mention your achievements. You will indicate to the potential employer what possible benefit for the company you could represent – much better than in a cover letter.
5/2006–12/2008 Area Sales Manager for Prague and Central Bohemia
Achievements: Construction of a new infrastructure, expanding the team from eight Key Account Managers to ten, and stabilisation of the team. Introduction of regular trainings for KAM development.
3/1998–4/2006- Beer Czech Republic Ltd. – Manufacturer and distributor of alcoholic beverages
2/2003–4/2006- Business Development Manager
Achievements: Resumption of cooperation with former clients that had fled to competitors. Improving relationships with key clients. Change in the company's business strategy in order to increase profit – growth by 21%. Creation of a new marketing strategy and innovation of procedures in cooperation with the marketing department.
7/1999–12/2002- Key Account Manager
3/1998–6/1999- Account Manager
6/1995–2/1998 Kola a.s. – Manufacturer and distributor of soft drinks
8/1996–2/1998- Account Manager
6/1995–7/1996- Sales representative
You need not include descriptions for jobs older than 10 years or starter jobs (after-graduation). You should apply asimilar approach for positions you held more than 20 years ago or where you had jobs in various companies at the same position. In these cases you do not have to include such experience at all.
Education, courses, trainings and other skills
Faculty of Economics and Management; field of studies: Company Management
Courses and certifications
Category B – current
Chess, economics, reading, sports
References upon request
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Tip: Did you know that another decisive factor in receiving an invitation to interview is your cover letter? Elaborate on it too and be inspired by our sample cover letter .