Important things to know about your Area Manager CV

In a world where everything is at ‘a touch of a button’ or ‘a click of a mouse’, as an Area Manager you could be shortlisted or blacklisted because of what is included on your CV.

The most important CV information that Clients are asking for on a daily basis for Area Manager CV’s, such as your key skills and recent experience, needs to be near the top of the document, where it can be seen straightaway. Sections you usually need to include are your Profile, Career History, Industry Based Skills, Education & Training, and Interests. Don’t list your Job Specification, list your best personal achievements within each role you’ve had, let people know you for you, and how you have went into your previous jobs and made them your own.  It's good that you can do what is required, but what makes you stand out?

Clear, concise presentation is also very important if to help your details stand up to the competition, especially in a highly competitive marketplace – it’ll reflect your approach to your Area Manager position. Make it a ‘readable’ document and easy on the eye, with key achievement the focal points. Use bullet points and keep the sentences relatively short.  You want the CV to speak for you, but not enough so that it leaves potential employers wanting to find out more, which will hopefully land you an interview. 

Always be aware that employers are not looking for robots, they want a sense of who you are and your personality type, as well as what you can do. What are your key personality characteristics and what do they say about what you can bring to the role? Do you meet problems head on?

What’s the first thing you notice about a CV? For most, it would be poor grammar and spelling mistakes; always run a spelling and grammar check, and get someone you trust to proof read what you have written, as a second pair of eyes may be what your CV needs. The employer isn't going to believe you're a good communicator if your CV is full of mistakes.

As much as you’re not a robot, neither is your CV! Save a number of versions on your desktop, each for different kind of jobs – not every job you apply for requires the same information about you. You can tailor your CV to suit the job you're applying for. It isn't a case of one size fits all.

Unless the advert tells you not to, always send a covering letter. This should highlight the two or three areas of experience from your CV that are most relevant to the advertised job. Never send your CV out on its own.

Although you obviously want to present yourself well, don't go too far and embellish the truth. It will come back and bite you twice as hard.