How to write an Interim CV

CV writing is one of the first things some prospective interim managers get wrong.

You must write your CV in a format which allows the person reading it to ascertain all relevant information in the shortest possible time. The CV needs to be loaded with details about your USP (Unique Selling Point) in the opening paragraph which will enable the recruitment consultant to select your CV above others when they are looking to fill an assignment. We have outlined below a CV format which should improve your chances of being shortlisted for assignments.

Open with a career profile paragraph – remember interim management providers will search your CV for key words e.g. General Manager, FMCG, Project Manager etc. Do not waste your time writing opening statements that include words such as ambitious, innovative, successful, etc. Use facts instead. e.g.

  • A General Manager specialising in the use of lean methodology within the FMCG, B2B and B2C sectors. Core skills include improving financial performance, developing businesses and managing Operations and Supply Chains. Experienced in Business Start Up, Business Recovery & Turnaround for manufacturing organisations with turnovers ranging from £1M-£500M.
  • Follow this by listing your interim management assignments to date in a chronological tabular format detailing previous client organisations, job titles
  • Then list in bullet format the achievements you can substantiate as being directly attributable to you during each role. Again try and be factual about your achievements by using tangible evidence
  • List your permanent career highlights in chronological order – remember bullet points only
  • Finally, list your professional qualifications, referee contact details (preferably from your previous assignments), contact details and hobbies and interests
  • Don’t forget to list a variety of contact details