How to write a resumé that wins an interview
When it comes to composing the perfect CV for real estate investment & funds jobs, less is often more. To secure an interview, your resumé needs to speak volumes about you without forcing the reader to review a whole novel. How do you make your CV stand out?
Align your CV with the job on offer
To include less on your CV, it is inevitable that you cut out some of your career history and achievements. When searching for its real estate investment job, the real estate investment or fund recruiting will provide a lot of information in its job description. Use this information to decide which of your career achievements should serve as the details to highlight in the CV – whatever you leave off can be used at the interview stage to enhance your value.
Here are five tips to make sure your CV stands out in the competitive market for a new real estate investment job, and sells you as an ideal candidate:
1. Help your history meet the company’s future
Though a CV is a summary of your career history, its main job is as a marketing brief. It’s a document that links your qualifications, experience and skills to those that the company has identified as needed to achieve its future objectives. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that you show how your past supports your current career goals, and how your goals align with the goals of the company advertising the role.
2. Make your personal statement pop
Your personal statement is often the first item a CV reviewer will read. It’s a paragraph or two that is designed to sell your potential. It’s got to be tight – you only have a few sentences to summarise your experience (who you are and what experience you have), highlight your objectives (your career goals), and show how you will help the company achieve its objectives. How does a personal statement achieve its aim in just a few words? Here’s an example:
“A qualified and enthusiastic real estate investment analyst, with ‘x’ years of specialist experience in the real estate funds industry, I’m currently searching for a ‘y’ position to employ my skills and achieve the next step in my career, helping to maximise returns in low yield markets.”
The remainder of the CV offers the opportunity to expand on this information. One more word of advice here: objectivity creates a better impression than a personal statement littered with adjectives such as ‘critical’ and ‘obsessively’.
3. Focus on achievements
While the title of ‘Executive Director’, ‘Chief Investment Analyst’, and ‘Global Real Estate Investment Director’ may sound impressive, it does little to express who you really are. Instead, focus on your achievements throughout your career. These should also help to establish a timeline of improving results, extra responsibility, and career advancement in the industry.
Give your achievements the ‘wow factor’ by including the main achievement as a lead on all the roles you have had to date. For example, lead with ‘Improved the returns of the European real estate funds team by 25% per year in each of the previous three years’, before briefly detailing other responsibilities and achievements in the role.
4. Use bullet points
Using bullet points is a great method to:
- Make important information stand out
- Help the reader digest information more easily
- Ensure that your CV is user friendly
This doesn’t mean that your CV should read like a shopping list. Instead, use bullet points strategically to ensure that the reader is drawn to the main details that will support you as being the ideal candidate.
5. Optimise your CV to make it scannable
It is likely that your CV will be read both in printed hard-copy format and electronically on-screen. Therefore, it must work well for both. It should be scannable by the naked eye, with the reader drawn to the career highlights that link with the job description. Strategies that help make a CV scannable include:
- Keeping paragraphs short – no more than two or three sentences at most
- Using action verbs to start bullet points or paragraphs
- Maintaining objectivity and eliminating unnecessary words
- Using keywords that pertain to the advertised role
- Highlighting or boldening key details strategically
- Quantifying achievements wherever possible
Finally, make your CV digital-friendly. Include links to your LinkedIn profile and email address.
In summary "Show, don't tell"
Writing a CV for a real estate investment or fund that stands out requires thought and attention to detail, ensuring that it is personalised to the role advertised. It is essential that it markets your strengths, skills and experiences, and that these align with your career goals and the goals of the company to whom you are applying.
As recruitment specialist in the real estate investment and funds, (and being the preferred recruitment partner of RICS) Macdonald & Company have a unique insight to the requirements of our real estate clients achieve their corporate goals. This insight can be invaluable to all those who are considering their next career move.To discover how a confidential discussion could help propel your career, contact the real estate investment & funds team at Macdonald & Company today.