Before you even begin I always advise candidates to spend some time looking at different job specifications. This allows you to focus on the type of role you are looking for.
When you identify one that catches your interest (and is something you feel you’re qualified for) build your CV around this.
Look carefully at the requirements of the role and mirror this from your own experience.
When it comes to submitting your CV, one size doesn’t fit all but it’s important to spend some time putting together a core document. This may be time consuming initially but will be worth it in the end.
Tailor your CV to each position that you’re applying for, reflecting the language used and highlighting the experience that is directly relevant to the role.
It doesn’t have to be two pages but the most important information should all appear on the front page.
I’m a big fan of a “Professional Profile”, a short paragraph at the beginning that summarises the information below. It should briefly list years of experience, professional qualifications and industry experience as well as providing a few lines of a career summary. This allows the reader to get a feel for the applicant but should be interesting enough to encourage them to read on.
When you’ve been in the workplace for over 20 years it can seem hard to reduce a wealth of experience to a few pages. A CV is a door opener and should hit the right notes, these can then be expanded on in an interview.