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This is a super smart two page CV template perfect for a business development executive, manager or assistant. As always, the content is simply an example and the template would suit a very wide range of roles and industries.
Here’s page two of this business development CV template:
- Open Sans Light – https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Open+Sans
- Open Sans Extra Bold – as above
The Sports TFB font is optional, but is required if you would like to add the icons over the ‘interests’ section for this CV – https://www.dafont.com/sports-tfb.font – you can change up the sports characters for each section by choosing different letters from the font.
The worst mistake you can make on your business development CV
In today’s competitive job market you can’t afford to make any mistakes on your CV if you want to hear back from the employer. But we all know that spelling and formatting errors are a no go – so what’s the worst mistake you can make on your CV?
One of the main reasons why an employer rejects a candidate is because they have exaggerated on their CV. This can be in any number of ways from their work history, skills, and even qualifications.
Although the employer wants you to showcase your very best attributes, some candidates go too far and embellish most of their achievements.
When it comes to writing a CV, honesty is always the best way to go. An employer may be easily impressed with your embellished skills and work experience, but in most cases you’ll be caught out resulting in wasting both yours and the employer’s time.
There is nothing wrong with putting a positive spin on everything you’ve achieved and making sure your skills and talents are showcased in the very best possible light, but there is difference to creating an accurate and honest CV and actually telling falsehoods and deceiving the employer.
What can go wrong?
If you make it through to the interview stage you are still not home and dry when it comes to fibbing on your CV. Now faced with being grilled about how you’d like to work for the company and what you have to offer, your falsehoods will now be put to the test and an employer will easily catch you out.
It’s very easy to make the interview flow when you are talking about your real skills and achievements, but when attempting to answer questions about aspects of your career that are not true, you are likely to stumble and fail.
Having such an impressive CV will leave the employer feeling disappointed when not able to deliver the goods in the interview, and everything up until this point has been a waste of time – and you’re now back to square one!
What if I get the job?
If you manage to deceive the employer and get the job, you are now even more likely to get caught as your claims are now going to be put to the test. If your performance is poor it will only be a matter of time before you’re job hunting again, and when the manager assumes you are going to work to a certain level, you could leave them very disappointed.
Will honesty get me the job?
Yes, if you put faith into what you’ve achieved and write a fantastic CV to showcase your talents, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. There is never a need to embellish, exaggerate, or even lie on your CV to get a job. Honesty and integrity is more important to an employer and will benefit you both in the long run.
Rather than look for ways of embellishing your CV you should focus all of your attention into making it look professional, easy to navigate, and relevant to the employer.
Always tailor your CV to the role to ensure the hiring manager sees exactly what they’re looking for at a glance. Here’s how to tailor your CV to the role.
Top tip: include a professional membership on your business development CV
Being a member of a professional organisation can help demonstrate a passion for your industry. For business development professionals, the following organisations may be of interest:
- National Business Development Association (NBDA)
- Business Development Group
- International Association for Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
Jen Wiss-Carline has been a Senior Manager and Consultant for several sizeable companies which included dealing with all aspects of staff management and recruitment. She is also a Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.