I have been registered with BranWell Ford since 2006 and as a professional pensions contract, the BWF team have successfully found me a number of long term senior contract positions in-house. I find the service is personal and I am confident that if I get a call it will inform me of something that will be of interest to me. I would recommend BranWell Ford, they are really helpful and understand the industry very well..
Khalid Iqbal - Professional Pensions Contractor
How to Draft a CV
How to write your CV?
Your CV is an account of your job history, education and professional qualifications. It is the first opportunity for you to make a positive impression on a new employer. You want a hiring manager to read about your skill sets, responsibilities and experience and think ‘I want to meet this person, they have the experience that will benefit my company.’
CV Hints & Tips
- Remember contact details - Name, Address, Phone Number and email.
- Introduction - An introduction should say something about you, it should have enough information to incentivise the reader to read on.
’10 years trust based DB and DC pension’s experience. Part PMI qualified with experience of working in a busy team of 7, calculating a variety of benefits, drafting member letters, managing member events, good attention to detail and deputises for the Team Manager as well as assisting and attending internal and external meetings.’
- Educational details, school, college, university and qualifications including grades.
- Professional Qualifications RPC, PMI, ACII, FSA, IMC
- IT Skills – if you are and expert in Excel for example or Profund, penserver, SIPPPro.
- Relevant training courses associated to your work.
Your job history should begin with the most recent first:
The format of your duties read better as bullet points.
- It is important to provide details of your responsibilities held and duties performed.
- Include relevant information relating to the types of pension schemes you work on, how you fit into a team, do you attend client meetings if so how many?
- Administrators should include the types of calculations performed, size of clients in relation to members, size of team structure, do you get involved with scheme events, or projects?
- Consultants should include the types of clients you advise, trust, retail or both, size of clients, frequency of meetings, mentoring support staff. RDR status if relevant.
- Pension Managers should demonstrate the team structure, scheme design, involvement with Trustees and meetings, interaction with service providers.
Reason for leaving: At the end of each job put the reason for leaving. It will demonstrate progression, or unavoidable redundancy. If you worked as a contractor or a temp, make it clear as this will clearly explain why you may have had a lot of jobs in a period of 2 years.
What not to put on a CV
Irrelevant personal information - Don’t pad your CV out with irrelevant personal information, proud of whom you voted for, weight, height, family circumstances. It is OK to mention an unusual or interesting hobby as this can be a talking point during the interview. If you have outside interests such as school governor, part-time judge or in the territorial army, this additional time may interfere with the job you are applying for as it may be perceived as and if so, leave it off the CV.
Spelling errors, typos and poor grammar - there is no excuse, use your spell checker and also ask someone to proof read your CV.
Unexplained gaps in employment - if you went travelling, took a sabbatical or were out of work or sick for a period, explain this, it will make a future employer less nervous.
Lying or misleading information - there is no harm adding some sparkle to your CV but do not inflate salary,qualifications, job title or achievements. Employers do background checks, they will request proof of your professional qualifications and copies of payslips.
Meaningless introductions - "Dynamic, enthusiastic, sales oriented IT literate, results driven manager with gravitas and several years people management experience seeking exciting and challenging new opportunities.” This says nothing about you or your experience, it is bland, and does not distinguish any usable qualities.
Who will read your CV?
Eventually your CV will go to the hiring manager, but prior to this it may go to Human Resources (HR) or a managers PA for short listing for the interview process. At this stage the reader may not understand pension’s terminology, which is another reason for clearly describing your responsibilities, types of pension schemes or products you work on and list your duties giving clear examples of work undertaken.
How many pages should my CV be?
Keep your CV short, punchy and to the point. This means it shouldn't run to more than 2 – 3 pages. Stick with fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman at font size 10, 11 or 12. Use italics sparingly and don't use any colours, backgrounds or borders.
Format & pictures
Firewalls stop many applications, so send your CV in Word format and avoid images to ensure your CV does not go into a SPAM folder.
Where to send the CV?
Your CV is a personal document about you. Make sure you know where it goes, and if you do send it to job adverts keep a note of it, and remember to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org