Should I create multiple variations of a CV for Director-level jobs?
Ideally, yes. If you’re targeting a specific vacancy, you’ll need to stay on point throughout the CV. For example: if you are applying for a job as Marketing Director, but some of your career covers IT, place more of a focus on the relevant employment and keep the “target” consistent throughout. If you’ve got a mix of experience, and aren’t targeting one particular role, a speculative version of your CV should work fine (and can be tweaked later if needed).
First impressions count!
As with any CV, the first impression is the most important (and probably more so when applying for Director-level vacancies). A clean and easy-to-read executive CV format is imperative. Avoid opting for overly-fancy formatting or images.
Value proposition through numbers
Competition is fierce. In 2016 Business Insider UK published figures on applications per role. Morgan Stanley, for example, received 8,000 applications for around 100 positions in one year.
We will create a CV to effectively leverage and promote your quantifiable achievements (rather than being purely skills and responsibilities based).
An executive CV should show what you did, why you did it, and how this made a difference. As Peter states in the video above, rewriting “responsible for increasing sales”, to: “increased sales by 45% in six months through the introduction of targeted promotional campaigns” is a quick and easy way to increase your CV's impact.