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CV STEP BY STEP

Contact details

This section is important, but don’t let it occupy the first half of the page of your CV. We cannot underline that enough: avoid writing irrelevant information such as your birthday, marital status, number of children, etc. Your potential employer will not choose you based on the number of children your have, no matter how cute they are. They want to see how you can add value to their company first.

Make sure to include your first and last name and only relevant contact details without descriptive words. The name you use on your CV should be consistent with the name you use on professional social media platforms (e.g. LinkedIn) or the one you use in your email address. Why? Consistency. If you are applying internationally, people from other countries may not quite get that Przemek.Kowalski@gmail.com is actually named Przemysław, or that Pepe Martinez from Linkedin is the same one that sent his CV under the name of Jose Martinez Sosa.

Your email address should be professional: preferably “FirstName.LastName@Domain.com”. It should be your private email address – your job hunting should never become part of your current job. Do not use the year you were born in to create your email address – trust us, there are plenty of other combinations that look much more professional. E.g.:

James Hugh Smith: JamesHughSmith@Domain.com, HughJamesSmith@Domain.com, JHSmith@Domain.com, JamesSmith@Domain.com, JamesHS@Domain.com, JH_Smith@Domain.com, SmithHughJames@Domain.com etc…

Profile summary

A unique professional summary – this is where and how you can set yourself aside. Personalize it!

How do you know if your profile summary is good enough? Imagine that somebody visits your LinkedIn profile and says, “Oh, I like that summary. I will use it myself!”. If they can go ahead and simply copy-paste it to their own profiles with only 2-3 minor changes, then you know that profile is not unique enough.

Avoid using too many descriptive words (e.g. successful, motivated, etc.) and be concrete – give examples of your successes, include numbers.

#1

Before:


Reach strategic sales, marketing and executive experience managing fast growth, entrepreneurial organizations in digital media, e-commerce and service b2b industries in Europe and United States.

After:


Success follows this CEO who graduated from the University of Maryland with an MBA from the New York University.

Company A:

  • as the Marketing Manager responsible for making the CompanyA.com the #1 among websites for 12 months!
  • co-developed the award-winning ad product “XXXX”

Company B

  • built the 3rd biggest online media group in Poland with outstanding results
  • effectively reorganized and consolidated digital and traditional media
  • awarded “Person of the Year 2008” by internetSTANDARD

Company C:

  • increased stock price from EUR 33 in 1Q 2012 to EUR 88 in 1Q 2015
  • transitioned “from single to multiple product” in PL, CZ, RO, BG, SK

Built and fostered strategic, profitable partnerships with i.a.

Google | Microsoft/MSN | LinkedIn | Orange & World Internet Project

Led aquisition and investment processes in e.g.
Company B | Company C | Company D | Company E | Company F | Company G

#2

Before:


Personal Profile:
19 years experience in global retailers (the Big 5)
11 years experience in operations
19 years experience in working within international business
International project – Russia, Ukraine
My strengths: strategic thinking, financial awarness, searching for challenges, team work, I am focused on delivering targets, people cooperation, customer focus.

After:


Operations & People

Company A (5000 FTEs; 4 bn PLN turnover, 130 stores (all formats, petrol stations, bistro)):

  • Transformation of the weakest teams into the most successful ones
  • Turnaround of unprofitable stores into profitable ones
  • BPO: continuous optimization of processes & costs
  • Compact Hypermarket (CHM): launched 16 stores of this format within 2 years
  • Co-development of CHM concept in Europe (PL, SK, CZ, H)
  • Post-merger integration of Company B

Company C: Sales Department Manager, Store Director

Active Investor and Consultant with e.g. Organization A or Organization B

#3

Before:


Effective and creative Manager in marketing, with extensive experience gained in international structures
Broad competence in building branding strategy, supporting sales process.
Extensive knowledge in the field of marketing research
Very good knowledge of English, allowing to communicate effectively in an international environment.
Leadership personality enable to motivate team members to achieve their goals.
Building business relationships at a high level of professionalism.
Easy to generate and implement effective solutions.

After:


E-commerce | On-line Marketing

  • E-commerce | On-line Marketing
  • Strategy creation and market introduction of the largest e-commerce in Poland, the first in the DIY segment – Internet channel XXX (Silver EFFIE 2015 Award in e-commerce category, Golden Arrow 2015 for Best SEM Campaign, Grand Webstar, Best website 2013)
  • Creating start up processes and the supply chain, logistics operations, customer service processes for the XXX e-commerce channel
  • Project leader for multichannel transformation
  • Management of the digital communications budget and budget for the development of Internet technology

Business development

  • Soft launch of the YYY brand (EFFIE Award in 2007 and the Golden Arrow 2007)
  • Relaunch of the ZZZ brand
  • Relaunch of the XXX prepaid card
  • Launch of the XXX platform on the Polish market
#4

Before:


Senior Executive successfully delivered BSS/OSS solutions & Digital Services, in multicultural environments, for customers in Europe, USA, and Latin America.
Capable of mentoring and coaching and to create and foster cross-functional relationships.
Customer focused with developed business acumen, self motivated, flexible and dedicated with entrepreneurial mindset, open to new knowledge.
Able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and time pressure, takes initiative and delegates to ensure that actions and projects are on track.
Ensured profitable customer’s operations (managed services) while meeting agreed SLA, delivering new projects, consulting & systems integration services.
Able to negotiate complex contracts, allowing fulfilling customer’s business requirements and meeting defined KPI for successful project delivery.
MBA, MSc in Electronics, PMP certified in 2004, fluent in English and Polish, advanced Portuguese

After:


Selected achievements & projects:

  • Company A: 100+ engagements meeting margin expectations; BSS/OSS, Digital Services, Cyber Security
  • Company B, Belgium: multi-phased BSS transformation project; 40% margin; contract value +30% thanks to Change Management Process
  • Successfully implemented BSS solution for 5 markets in Latin America (incl. Brazil), ensuring customer satisfaction & profitability of the projects
  • Company C: multi-million dollar, multi-phase implementation of BSS/OSS solution for 3G/HP-PTT project; 40% project margin; contract value +80%
  • IT Director at Company D: security policies; investment budget of 15 m USD
  • Company E: set-up IT Department; 1st retailed billing solution on PL market
#5

Before:


HR Director & HR Business Partnering experience gained in multinational, global and European companies, in matrix, digital and diverse organizations. Today Head of HR Shared Services organization with 100+ professionals, 10 EMEA countries.

Proven ability to design and execute HR initiatives and policies both at strategic and operational level. Strong business partner, with a good combination of business-oriented and people-focus mindset. Energetic leader, responsible for significant input to business strategy and organizational culture, with high level of relationships building skills.

After:


Regional HR Business Partner / HR Director who has been supporting the business side across various industries for over 15 years:

At Company A:

  • Board Member & HR Director for Commercial Unit
  • EMEA Shared Services Director with full P&L responsibility
  • Country HR Business Partner for Sales & Production
  • HR Business Partner for newly deployed Shared Services
  • Change management:
    • Led restructuring program as response to global crisis
    • Managed acquisition projects (400+ FTEs); business & people were maintained
    • Shift to home office with decrease of 50% of all sales offices across PL
    • From product- to product- & solution-oriented sales approach
  • At Company B as HR Development Manager: led post-merger integration at no rotation; supported company growth
  • At Company C as HR Development Manager: Sales & Production

Experience

The experience section (not education) follows the profile summary, unless you are a student or a recent graduate without relevant work experience. List all relevant positions, excluding unrelated work experience as having been a TV technician or waitress, etc.

Use legible bullet points to present your responsibilities and a separate section for selected successes that are expressed measurably. Why? Because the reader should immediately notice that you are an experienced manager with a successful track record. If you’ve done it once, chances are you can repeat it in another company.

Education

Include only tertiary education. Do not include the title of your thesis of the student organizations you were a member of. Right now, you surely have many more recent achievements to be proud of. Don’t let your education from xx years ago take up all that space unnecessarily.

Languages

Make sure you include only the languages that you actually can work in.

Additional information

Avoid enlisting your character traits or soft skills like “I am a creative person.” You are an executive and not a student! The entirety of the CV should perspire with your personality, which agreeably is very difficult to achieve. But there is no need to spell it out. You can however include your concrete interests and hobbies: by doing so you show that you are “real” & you give the reader a chance to connect with you.

CV STEP BY STEP

Contact details

This section is important, but don’t let it occupy the first half of the page of your CV. We cannot underline that enough: avoid writing irrelevant information such as your birthday, marital status, number of children, etc. Your potential employer will not choose you based on the number of children your have, no matter how cute they are. They want to see how you can add value to their company first.

Make sure to include your first and last name and only relevant contact details without descriptive words. The name you use on your CV should be consistent with the name you use on professional social media platforms (e.g. LinkedIn) or the one you use in your email address. Why? Consistency. If you are applying internationally, people from other countries may not quite get that Przemek.Kowalski@gmail.com is actually named Przemysław, or that Pepe Martinez from Linkedin is the same one that sent his CV under the name of Jose Martinez Sosa.

Your email address should be professional: preferably „FirstName.LastName@Domain.com”. It should be your private email address – your job hunting should never become part of your current job. Do not use the year you were born in to create your email address – trust us, there are plenty of other combinations that look much more professional. E.g.:

James Hugh Smith: JamesHughSmith@Domain.com, HughJamesSmith@Domain.com, JHSmith@Domain.com, JamesSmith@Domain.com, JamesHS@Domain.com, JH_Smith@Domain.com, SmithHughJames@Domain.com etc…

Profile summary

A unique professional summary – this is where and how you can set yourself aside. Personalize it!

How do you know if your profile summary is good enough? Imagine that somebody visits your LinkedIn profile and says, „Oh, I like that summary. I will use it myself!”. If they can go ahead and simply copy-paste it to their own profiles with only 2-3 minor changes, then you know that profile is not unique enough.

Avoid using too many descriptive words (e.g. successful, motivated, etc.) and be concrete – give examples of your successes, include numbers.

#1
Before:


Reach strategic sales, marketing and executive experience managing fast growth, entrepreneurial organizations in digital media, e-commerce and service b2b industries in Europe and United States.

After:


Success follows this CEO who is a graduated from the University of Maryland with an MBA from the New York University.

Company A:

  • as the Marketing Manager responsible for making the CompanyA.com the #1 among websites for 12 months!
  • co-developed the award-winning ad product “XXXX”

Company B

  • built the 3rd biggest online media group in Poland with outstanding results
  • effectively reorganized and consolidated digital and traditional media
  • awarded “Person of the Year 2008” by internetSTANDARD

Company C:

  • increased stock price from EUR 33 in 1Q 2012 to EUR 88 in 1Q 2015
  • transitioned “from single to multiple product” in PL, CZ, RO, BG, SK

Built and fostered strategic, profitable partnerships with i.a.

Google | Microsoft/MSN | LinkedIn | Orange & World Internet Project

Led aquisition and investment processes in e.g.
Company B | Company C | Company D | Company E | Company F | Company G

#2
Before:


Personal Profile:
19 years experience in global retailers (the Big 5)
11 years experience in operations
19 years experience in working within international business
International project – Russia, Ukraine
My strengths: strategic thinking, financial awarness, searching for challenges, team work, I am focused on delivering targets, people cooperation, customer focus.

After:


Operations & People

Company A (5000 FTEs; 4 bn PLN turnover, 130 stores (all formats, petrol stations, bistro)):

  • Transformation of the weakest teams into the most successful ones
  • Turnaround of unprofitable stores into profitable ones
  • BPO: continuous optimization of processes & costs
  • Compact Hypermarket (CHM): launched 16 stores of this format within 2 years
  • Co-development of CHM concept in Europe (PL, SK, CZ, H)
  • Post-merger integration of Company B

Company C: Sales Department Manager, Store Director

Active Investor and Consultant with e.g. Organization A or Organization B

#3
Before:


Effective and creative Manager in marketing, with extensive experience gained in international structures
Broad competence in building branding strategy, supporting sales process.
Extensive knowledge in the field of marketing research
Very good knowledge of English, allowing to communicate effectively in an international environment.
Leadership personality enable to motivate team members to achieve their goals.
Building business relationships at a high level of professionalism.
Easy to generate and implement effective solutions.

After:


E-commerce | On-line Marketing

  • E-commerce | On-line Marketing
  • Strategy creation and market introduction of the largest e-commerce in Poland, the first in the DIY segment – Internet channel XXX (Silver EFFIE 2015 Award in e-commerce category, Golden Arrow 2015 for Best SEM Campaign, Grand Webstar, Best website 2013)
  • Creating start up processes and the supply chain, logistics operations, customer service processes for the XXX e-commerce channel
  • Project leader for multichannel transformation
  • Management of the digital communications budget and budget for the development of Internet technology

Business development

  • Soft launch of the YYY brand (EFFIE Award in 2007 and the Golden Arrow 2007)
  • Relaunch of the ZZZ brand
  • Relaunch of the XXX prepaid card
  • Launch of the XXX platform on the Polish market

#4
Before:


Senior Executive successfully delivered BSS/OSS solutions & Digital Services, in multicultural environments, for customers in Europe, USA, and Latin America.
Capable of mentoring and coaching and to create and foster cross-functional relationships.
Customer focused with developed business acumen, self motivated, flexible and dedicated with entrepreneurial mindset, open to new knowledge.
Able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and time pressure, takes initiative and delegates to ensure that actions and projects are on track.
Ensured profitable customer’s operations (managed services) while meeting agreed SLA, delivering new projects, consulting & systems integration services.
Able to negotiate complex contracts, allowing fulfilling customer’s business requirements and meeting defined KPI for successful project delivery.
MBA, MSc in Electronics, PMP certified in 2004, fluent in English and Polish, advanced Portuguese

After:


Selected achievements & projects:

  • Company A: 100+ engagements meeting margin expectations; BSS/OSS, Digital Services, Cyber Security
  • Company B, Belgium: multi-phased BSS transformation project; 40% margin; contract value +30% thanks to Change Management Process
  • Successfully implemented BSS solution for 5 markets in Latin America (incl. Brazil), ensuring customer satisfaction & profitability of the projects
  • Company C: multi-million dollar, multi-phase implementation of BSS/OSS solution for 3G/HP-PTT project; 40% project margin; contract value +80%
  • IT Director at Company D: security policies; investment budget of 15 m USD
  • Company E: set-up IT Department; 1st retailed billing solution on PL market

#5
Before:


HR Director & HR Business Partnering experience gained in multinational, global and European companies, in matrix, digital and diverse organizations. Today Head of HR Shared Services organization with 100+ professionals, 10 EMEA countries.

Proven ability to design and execute HR initiatives and policies both at strategic and operational level. Strong business partner, with a good combination of business-oriented and people-focus mindset. Energetic leader, responsible for significant input to business strategy and organizational culture, with high level of relationships building skills.

After:


Regional HR Business Partner / HR Director who has been supporting the business side across various industries for over 15 years:

At Company A:

  • Board Member & HR Director for Commercial Unit
  • EMEA Shared Services Director with full P&L responsibility
  • Country HR Business Partner for Sales & Production
  • HR Business Partner for newly deployed Shared Services
  • Change management:
    • Led restructuring program as response to global crisis
    • Managed acquisition projects (400+ FTEs); business & people were maintained
    • Shift to home office with decrease of 50% of all sales offices across PL
    • From product- to product- & solution-oriented sales approach
  • At Company B as HR Development Manager: led post-merger integration at no rotation; supported company growth
  • At Company C as HR Development Manager: Sales & Production
Experience

The experience section (not education) follows the profile summary, unless you are a student or a recent graduate without relevant work experience. List all relevant positions, excluding unrelated work experience as having been a TV technician or waitress, etc.

Use legible bullet points to present your responsibilities and a separate section for selected successes that are expressed measurably. Why? Because the reader should immediately notice that you are an experienced manager with a successful track record. If you’ve done it once, chances are you can repeat it in another company.

Education

Include only tertiary education. Do not include the title of your thesis of the student organizations you were a member of. Right now, you surely have many more recent achievements to be proud of. Don’t let your education from xx years ago take up all that space unnecessarily.

Languages

Make sure you include only the languages that you actually can work in.

Additional information

Avoid enlisting your character traits or soft skills like “I am a creative person.” You are an executive and not a student! The entirety of the CV should perspire with your personality, which agreeably is very difficult to achieve. But there is no need to spell it out. You can however include your concrete interests and hobbies: by doing so you show that you are “real” & you give the reader a chance to connect with you.