One of the biggest questions I get asked when speaking with candidates is “how does my CV” look or “how can I make my CV better”. This is a very good question, especially in the permanent market. Most commonly you will only be switching jobs a handful of times in a career, meaning you will only really be practising your CV writing skills a few times in a lifetime.
Working in recruitment and working with NetSuite client’s all day, every day has helped me learn the difference between a CV that will get lost in the pile, and a CV that will blow decision makers away. Below is my advice on how to write a killer NetSuite CV.
Firstly read the job specification you’re applying for. You should have a base CV, then tailor this CV depending on the role you’re going forward for. I.E. if you have worked as an Implementation Consultant you most likely have skills as a Functional Consultant and Project Management skills. If you’re applying for a Functional Consultant role, tailor what you are talking about in your CV to match the skills they are looking for. Vice versa, if you are applying for a Project Manager role then tailor the aspects of the same job to show your PM skills over your Functional Consultant skills.
Split your CV into sections.
Write a personal statement with what you are currently doing, what your skills are and what you looking to achieve with your NetSuite development in your next company.. Tailor it to show, in one paragraph, why you would be good for the role you’re applying for and why you would be a good asset to that company (I.E. using words like “bring a huge bubbly outgoing presence” to a legal company may not fit the mantra).
Write a list of all your technical skills and competencies, any exposure to different NetSuite modules, any coding or programming languages and also any qualifications or NetSuite certification you have attained.
This is the most difficult part. Make sure you’re very to the point with how you write this section but don’t leave out any details. The most important part is the latest NetSuite roles you have been involved in. Unless you’ve been doing NetSuite less than a year, any older roles will be seen as out dated and not really of too much interest.
With this you should really spend time reading the job specification and writing down in bullet points everything you’ve been doing at your current position, that show you can easily do all the tasks listed on the job specification. To make sure you don’t miss anything key read through each job, then read your CV and tick off each point as you mention them.
Once you have done this for your last role and the role prior, the others should be very short; three or four bullet points on what you were doing at your previous roles. Try to still make them represent skills mentioned in the job specification.
This one is self explanatory; list in bullet point form your education history under titles of where you’ve acquired the education. This is also the section to put any certification or qualifications you have achieved.
Hobbies and interests
I cannot emphasise how important this section of your CV truly is! It can be the difference between making you seem interesting or being lost in a pile of other technical jargon CV’s. Write a short paragraph of your hobbies and interests, don’t just list them.
People buy people and your hobbies say a lot about you as a person. If you’re into a sport, talk a little about the sport and anything you feel proud of achieving in the sport. If you’re into climbing talk about a great achievement or a really good mountain you climbed etc.
Once you have written this you should go through this checklist and tick every box.
- Is it easy to read? – No fancy fonts, no text in boxes, just keep everything in straight lists, use Calibri for your font size 12 for your writing. Job titles bold, section headings in bold and size 14. Do not underline titles, it looks scruffy and adds extra mess to the page
- Does my opening statement sound interesting – imagine this is the synopsis on the back of a book you’re about to buy. If it’s boring you’re going to put the book down and choose another
- Have I listed all technical skills that I have that the job specification requires? – if this is yes, then ignore the next question below
- Have I written in my personal statement my desire to acquire the technical skills listed in the advert I don’t have? – if you don’t have a particular skill listed on your job specification, then mention in your personal statement this is something you’re interested in learning, or even better if you have a skill that is similar and could be transferable mention it. This shows adaptability and learning.
- Does my job history demonstrate many examples of me doing the requirements listed on the job spec? – The keyword here is multiple! If you’re applying for a Project Manager role don’t just list one bullet point mentioning you worked as a Project Manager on a certain project, expand on this give examples of key moments in that project where you excelled dig deeper into the aspects of the project management you were particularly good at etc
- Does my job history read easily? Have I left out all the jargon? – it is so easy to cram a lot of technical terminology into you job history which isn’t needed. You have listed your technical skills and competencies, they don’t need to read on your CV where you used them. Keep your bullet points and sentences jargon free and just explaining where and what you did that shows how great you are for the role
- Have I listed all my education and qualifications – this is the only part of your CV that is a fact. This makes it one of the most important parts and missing out a qualification can be the difference between getting an interview and missing out. Even if your qualification is not relevant showing you have been able to achieve it and the work that goes into it will show good character so make sure you list everything
- Do my hobbies show my personality? – again same as was mentioned in this section, people buy people, this is the part of your CV that’s not to be judged against a companies requirements and is a chance for you to show your potential future employer who you are and what you are like. Make sure you mention what you’ve done and any future plans you’re looking into, sell yourself and your personality.
Following these guidelines will help you create a great piece of content for clients to read, over being just another list of technical bullet points. Remember, a decision maker has to make his way through a lot, make sure you stand out.
If you require any help or advice with your CV or any part of the recruitment process, please feel free to get in touch I am always happy to share my knowledge and advice! And good luck in applying for your next NetSuite role!