CV Guide

Your CV is first and foremost a sales document. It is not a chronological record of where you have worked, it’s purpose is to get you an interview. Therefore it needs to be focused and grab the attention of the interviewer in a very short space of time.

The staff at FMC are market leading experts in this discipline and will help you tailor your CV for the specific client we are representing you to. Founding Director Ben Clark has presented twice to the London Branch of the British Computer Society on this matter.

Here are some general tips that you really should adhere to if you are serious about constructing a CV that will get you your next job.

A CV is first and foremost a sales document

A CV needs to sell you and in particular it needs to sell you for this particular role that you are going for. If you are able to work many roles make sure you have CVs focused towards each particular area, for specialist roles you do not want to appear too much of a generalist.

You have 12 seconds to grab the interviewer’s attention

If you are unable to get the readers attention in the first 12 seconds that they read the CV, they will start to lose interest and you will be on the slippery slope towards to being rejected. As soon as a potential interviewer opens the CV they should be able to tell what it is you do and your suitability for the roles. The worst type of CVs are those where it is impossible to tell what it is that the candidate does. They send out mixed messages, are very unclear and ultimately does not fill the interviewer with any confidence regarding your suitability for the role.

FMC recommends a summary section at the top of the first page. Insert here 6/7 bullet points of your achievements that would make stand out from your peers the purpose of this front page is to give a summary of your skills. If someone can see your skills and experience that are suitable for a job on the first page then they will read on. If they have to dig they will start to lose interest.

A CV should be no more than 4 pages

Quite simply if it is any longer it will not be read. You are dealing with very busy people, usually for roles where communication is vitally important. If you are unable to get your message across in 4 pages or less you are going to look verbose and potentially unsuitable for senior level roles. A CV should provide a glimpse of what you can do, not record the detail of every project you every worked on.

Feel free to take out experience that is not relevant for the role

Again, it goes back to the first point if you are updating a CV to include information relevant to a job do not dilute the quality of your CV by leaving in information that is specific to a totally different role. If you are a consultant applying for a position with an end user the fact that you have worked on Sales Bids etc is of no importance and therefore should be removed as it will not help you get the role you are applying for.

If it’s not in your CV you have not done it.

Saying you have everything a client is looking for in a covering letter and then attaching a CV which says you have not done what you say is a waste of time as you will be rejected. If you have the experience it must be in the CV. If is not there it is assumed you have not done it.

Training Courses

Unless they are relevant for the job you are going for they should be removed. Having a COBOL course you did in 1985 is total waste of time.


A CV should be black, well formatted with consistent fonts (preferably arial) using bold in the right places and spaced out to make it easier to read.

You should not under any circumstances use yellow, green and other outlandish colour and whatever you do make sure it does not flash, it looks stupid.

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