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NB: We originally published this UK Manager CV template on 2nd December 2018 and it has now been fully updated for 2020.
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How to write a Manager CV:
Focus your manager CV on achievements
A manager’s contribution to any business should be reflected in the company’s profits, organisation, and overall workplace morale. Therefore, to convince prospective employers that you’re a good manager, you’ll need to show how you’ve impacted your current or past employers’ bottom line. Using the right words on your CV (such as ‘achieved’ or ‘exceeded’) can help guide you towards doing this.
Give evidence of desirable skills
Job adverts for managers always list very similar skills: good communication, leadership, passion and enthusiasm, training/mentoring abilities and so on. However, it’s no good simply listing these off on your manager CV – you need to SHOW employers that you have them by providing evidence.
For example, you might write:
- “I trained and mentored a team of five – we went on to meet and exceed our team targets every month for the past three years….”
- “Our team of five developers worked on three major projects over the past four years, delivering each on time, to spec and to budget…”
- “My January sales campaign went out to 15,000 cold contacts, generating £1.2 new orders from 3,750 new customers…”
- “My redesigned newsletter had a 56% CTR, generating 500 new leads…”
You can see from the above examples that it’s important to be specific. Rather than simply saying you’re creative, give examples of your ideas and how they’ve been successful. Rather than simply saying you’re good at training, show how your training skills have benefited the Company.
If the job advert isn’t too specific about the type of skills the employer is looking for, try looking at some job profiles for inspiration. For example:
Consider joining a professional management organisation
There are a number of organisations that represent managers – and membership of these can help show an interest in and passion for your industry. These include:
If you join a management association, be sure to include it on your Manager CV.
Use social media to your advantage
It’s hard to find managers with real commercial awareness, who keep up to date with industry developments and become involved in their sector. Even if this IS you, how do you demonstrate it to prospective employers prior to the interview?
One way is to use social media to your advantage, by following industry experts, sharing, commenting, posting your opinions on current matters and generally becoming involved. You can then give details of your social accounts (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter) on your manager CV so that employers can see this activity.
Employers also value the ability to use social media effectively and engage followers – so by demonstrating this, you’ll be proving you have another desirable skill.
Explain any career breaks
Job applicants can get very nervous about handling career breaks – but the best way to deal with them is to explain them briefly and then move on, without any fuss or drama. Took time out to have a baby? Needed time off because of ill health? These matters are easily explained in a line or two. Remember, it’s better to explain a gap rather than leave it to the employer’s imagination.
Use bold type sparingly
It is absolutely fine to use bold type for your headings and subheadings as well as your name and professional title, but be careful not to overdo it. The use of a bold font is meant to attract the eye and highlight something of importance, which is why headings is always a great way to utilise bold type.
Too much bold type can come across strong and aggressive, so it’s always better to keep this to a minimum. As long as you create a CV with a good layout that presents all of your information in an easy to read format, you shouldn’t have any problems with the hiring manager finding what they are looking for.
TIP: Bold text can be used to highlight important achievements – but so can shading! Highlight the text with your cursor and choose shading from the menu as follows:
You’ll see that we’ve used shading to highlight key figures in our sample Manager CV content.
Only underline links to websites
Don’t be tempted to underline information that you deem to be important, as this could also have the same negative effect as bold type and could put the reader off. The same goes for underlining your headings and subheadings – it just isn’t needed. Bold text, larger text or a soft shaded background is an example of a layout feature that can help you differentiate headings without using underlining.
Only use the underline type for any links you provide to a website. For example, underlining would be fine for a LinkedIn URL or your own websites that you are showcasing because they contain content relevant to the position.
Use standard fonts
The most commonly used fonts for a CV are ‘Times New Roman’ and ‘Arial’. They are considered the easiest to read and both look professional and suitable for an important document like your CV or cover letter. Garamond and Open Sans are also standard popular fonts that we use a lot on our templates – both being easy to read and both offering stylish alternatives to Times New Roman and Arial respectively.
There are other fonts that are acceptable like ‘Calibri’ and ‘Cambria’, but if you have any doubts then you can’t go wrong with the standard ones. What you should of course avoid is using the more creative fonts which are available. Not only can these look a little too much like a secondary school art project but if your CV is going out in Word format, they’ll only be visible to employers if the recipient has the font installed. Always go with something that is mainstream, professional and easy to read – there are plenty of alternative ways to be creative in your CV that won’t negatively impact your chances of an interview.
Don’t use a small font size
For most font faces, you shouldn’t go under size 11, with the most commonly used font size for a CV is 12. This makes for easy reading and also allows you to fit everything you want within the usual two page limit for a CV.
Going for a smaller font size just to fit more on the page is ill advised. The exception to this rule is lists of information and small sections of text – i.e. where the employer does not have to read through paragraphs. In these areas, a 10pt font may be acceptable and will allow you to include more information on your CV template. However, don’t go down to 10pt if you’re using a smaller font like Garamond.
On the other hand, don’t go for a font larger than 12 as it will look unprofessional and will take up valuable space that could be better used for showcasing your talents and experience.
Don’t ever use slang or ‘text speak’
Text speak should stay exactly where it is – to a mobile phone! It doesn’t have a place on a CV or any other official document as it immediately looks unprofessional and will almost guarantee your CV being thrown in the trash. An employer wants to see that a lot of effort has gone into creating your CV, and if you are too lazy to type out a word in full then you are going to reflect badly overall.
You should also only use abbreviations if they are well known and are commonly typed that way – like BMW (it would actually look a little strange if you decided to type out ‘Bayerische Motoren Werke’ and probably would get a few heads scratching!)
You can find more guidance on how to write a manager CV here.