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Being an Interim Manager

by Andrew Fennell


How To Write An Interview-Winning Interim CV: Infographic

Online CV advice can sometimes be a little simplistic for the interim manager, which is why the infographic below grabbed our attention. We invited the creator and professional recruiter, Andrew Fennell, to expand on the seven steps outlined in the infographic for the interim market. You can let us know what you think of his suggestions in the comments at the end of the post.

An Interim CV That Will Open Doors

To be a successful interim manager, it’s crucial to have an impressive CV that will continually open the door to new opportunities. Hiring an interim can represent a significant investment for an organisation so it’s important for your CV to demonstrate the value that you will provide once you are on board.

Start your CV writing process with some solid research of the employers you will be targeting to determine the exact skills and experience that they are looking for. Your CV should then be structured in a clear and navigable fashion to ensure that hiring managers can read it easily and pick out the information they need.

Your introductory profile should highlight your areas of expertise (whether they are sales, IT, project management, HR etc.) and give the reader a clear indication of sector experience as well as the size and value of results you have achieved.

Role descriptions are extremely important to an interim because employers will want to know exactly what you’ve achieved in previous appointments. Simply listing responsibilities will not cut it; you need to prove the impact you’ve made in previous roles if you want to make an impression.

Write your role descriptions to show the result of your actions and explain what changes have been made over the course of your engagement.

Where possible, try to quantify your value with facts and figures. These metrics will differ depending on your profession but the following examples are sound facts to include:

  • Size and value of projects managed, along with deliverables and timescales.
  • Revenue generated by teams that you’ve led whether they be through sales, marketing or operational activity.
  • Budget savings made and improvements to efficiency and processes.
  • Size of teams and milestone achievements made or targets met.
  • Before and after states of business units that you’ve led

Round off your CV with relevant qualifications and only add interests if they are going to add value to your application.

How to write a CV

This guide from CV writing service StandOut CV shows exactly how you can write an effective CV in seven simple steps.

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About the Author

Andrew Fennell is an experienced recruiter with a background in staffing senior project management professionals for a variety of global organisations, including tier one investment banks and leading insurers. He is also the founder of CV writing service StandOut CV, a regular Guardian Careers contributor and author of The Ultimate CV Writing Guide.

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