CV Writing Examples
Here are some examples of CV transformations and graphic CVs I've worked on.
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Before and After Examples
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Mid-career Procurement and Logistics
Alessandro: "I'm looking for a CV that grabs attention, shows what I'm capable of achieving, and increases my chances of getting interviews for procurement management positions."
Transformations: Profile statement and title that punch leadership. Keywords integrated and highlighted so they jump out. Areas of expertise emphasised for immediate understanding. Achievements for each position backed by statistics. Result: shortlisted for 1 in 3 job applications; 2 job offers within 6 weeks.
Early Career Humanitarian Project Management
Elena: "Finding a job in the humanitarian aid and development cooperation sector can be very hard if you don’t have a at least consolidated experience of 3-5 years. Therefore, I need a CV that can bring value to my still modest professional experience, in order to grow and continue working in this sector."
Transformations: Started with career objective to show enthusiasm followed by a key knowledge and skills section to grab attention and show key insights. Placed education before professional experience to emphasise recent knowledge in humanitarian issues. Shorter and punchier descriptions for easier understanding. More ATS-friendly layout for online job applications. Reduced length from 3 to 2 pages.
Graduate/Early Career International Security
Claire: "My contract ends in four months and I want to get ready now for applying for jobs. I want to move away from academia, though, and get more hands-on, operational experience. That's what excites me. I'm interested in working for international organisations like INTERPOL and UNODC and so need a CV that will get noticed from among hundreds of other applicants."
Transformations: Stand-out profile title and statement to grab attention and sell Claire's potential, career interest and assets. Clearly articulated achievements backed up with statistics and contributions, and increased keywords. More reader-friendly and ATS-friendly layout.
Mid-career Finance and Return to Employment
Cornelis: "I have been out of work for two years and need a CV that helps me get back into the NGO/humanitarian job market. I'm not sure yet if I want to focus on finance or business support, so having both would be helpful."
Transformations: Powerful introduction that clearly shows main skills and value. Functional layout that reveals depth of finance and business support leadership, management, technical know-how and ethics. Employment history listed to show consistency in career. More ATS-friendly layout.
Graphic CV Examples
Mid-career Learning and Development
Consultant Risk and Financial Management
Richard needed a CV frame that he could easily adapt for risk and financial markets consultancies he wanted to pitch for. This format helped him showcase his chosen skill-sets and attributes, feature his achievements in a reader-friendly way, and demonstrate the calibre of his previous clients and assignments.