Interim CV Writing

An interim CV has become a vital document for business professionals looking for an interim position. An interim CV needs to have a very specific focus and should be presented slightly differently to the traditional CV. Getting your CV right means that potential employers can easily and immediately see the value that you are able to offer their business in an interim position.

Whether this is the first time you are applying for an interim role, or if you already have an interim CV that you have written yourself, we can help you to present your job history in a coherent and engaging way to secure an interview for your dream job. Our team of professional writers work with you to ensure that we completely understand the skills and knowledge that you have to offer within an interim role. We will then structure this in a professional CV which appeals to interim recruiters.

CVpal have gained a fabulous reputation with clients in this situation and our process to complete new interim CVs is rather different to our CV writing service. We must talk to you on the telephone or, ideally, meet to discuss your aspirations. We can provide you with the support and guidance to ensure a seamless transition into the interim market. You will need to set up a limited company and get a business bank account to be considered as a professional interim manager also you may want to consider having a website.

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One of the main questions we get asked is:
“how do I prepare my CV for the interim market if I want to gain my first contract and have never worked as an interim before?”

How to write an interim CV

An interim CV is completely different to a CV focused towards a permanent role. The nature of interim work leads CVs to become very lengthy and repetitive which can lose the reader’s focus. Therefore an interim CV is more a business case and successful interims must look at themselves as a product or service provider rather than an employee. It is vital that you clearly demonstrate and evidence the ability to deliver projects within agreed timescales and to budget. An interim CV is a much stronger sell than a permanent CV and should be presented as a business proposition.

Focus on key skills

To ensure that your interim history does not get lost in the document, we encourage clients to focus on their main selling points (key skills / deliverables). Once you have identified around 6 of these skills then you must evidence the skill in action and then start building the first page of the cv.

Include a strong personal profile

An interim CV should include a strong personal profile written in the 3rd person demonstrating exactly what you do, what you have done and WHY the employer should progress with the application is paramount.

Improve find ability on job sites with keywords

The use of keywords is vital throughout this document to ensure that it generates the most amount of exposure on job sites. To understand what your key words are for your industry sector takes time and to fully identify where and when to include them is an art form, however some top tips from CVpal’s interim writer would be to search relevant jobs on jobs sites and print off a selection of about 6 roles. Once you have completed this then highlight the words that are consistently repeated on the job specification under the required skills section. Just completing this exercise will dramatically increase your key words in the new CV.

Include your interim career history as an overview

Your interim career history can be displayed as an overview that can highlight the key messages you want to portray. Try and keep the career history succinct, focus on the key deliverables that you have identified in the key skills and profile section of the CV – this is to evidence the skills “in action”.

Be consistent

One of the main areas of importance (as well as a strong CV) is to have a consistent message running across all social media channels – especially LinkedIn profiles. LinkedIn and actively networking is as important as completing contracts for any interim manager as you must ensure that you have a strong pipeline of enquiries / opportunities coming through. Find out more about our LinkedIn profile writing.

How long should my interim CV be?

You will find that experienced interim recruiters have differing opinions on how long a CV should be so we tend to encourage having a short and long / detailed version to ensure you please all recruiters. The document should be as easy to read and as concise as possible, sometimes too much information is detrimental to an application and you can actually talk yourself out of a contract / project.

How much will it cost?

The prices of our professional CV writing service varies dependent on the level of work required to maximise the document.

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Andrew came highly recommended from other interims in my network and having suffered a tough work year in 2013, I decided to invest in the CV Pal's platinum service to see if it made a difference in finding my next assignment. The results have been highly effective and I have recorded a 100% success rate in getting to interview stage with the new CV. The service and quality were excellent and this has been a worthwhile investment and fantastic value for money.

Darren Marshall, Stony Stratford

I think this is the second time I have ever written a review in my life. I used CV pal to write my CV and cover letter and cannot recommend them highly enough both for the quality of the CV and the value for money. I have used CV writing services as I was just no good at selling myself and the format, well, it looked so outdated.

I have used two CV writers in the past, both of which failed to impress me the way that CV pal did. The first CV writer was good at pitching me but did not really listen to my goals and aims and I was left being offered jobs in a sector I was trying to escape. The second CV writer was a complete disaster it cost substantially more, gave a CV that very disjointed and looked like very little effort had been made, I tried to get it amended and made suggestions but it ended up in so much work for little improvement I just gave up in the end as I could see it was going nowhere.

After the last experience I was very nervous of throwing my money around but looked up the reviews (thanks to all those that provided them) and decided it was worth a ring to discuss the CV in more detail. I spoke to Andrew and he was amazing, what customer service this guy had. He really put my mind at ease a great deal about the issues that I had had with previous CV writers, he seemed to understand where I wanted to take my CV and made loads of great suggestions that all made sense to me. He also confirmed that it would be him who wrote my CV and was always contactable, which sold it for me. The process was hassle free throughout, I provided the information and the CV reflected that he had read and processed it all.

The CV exceeded all expectations, it looked pretty and readable, it reflected our initial conversation and it really did sound like me which was so refreshing. I have shown it to a lot of my friends that have all been really impressed. More importantly (although it might not just be down to the CV) I have been offered lots of interviews and for jobs that excite me.

I have not mentioned until now the cover letter, which was included in the price. It’s a personal choice but I wouldn’t get it done again, it was, as it obviously had to be, very generic. I tend to write cover letters specifically for each job I apply for, although this is time consuming, it really does seem to provide a much better response. Even despite the cover letter not exciting me the same way the CV did, it still offers the best value for money I have come across.

J Dade, Epsom

I had my personal cover letter created by CVPAL which I am delighted with.
The communication service is swift and exceptional. I would recommend this company to friends and family.

Habiba Bhana, Manchester

As an HR Manager of a small business, I contacted Andrew to request his services in providing some redeployment support to several employees being made redundant due to company closure.
I was sceptical at first, of the service that may be provided due to other 'bucket shop' websites that I had reviewed, however my concerns were removed immediately within 5 minutes of talking to Andrew at CVPal.
Andrew provided an excellent service to all the employees. The CV's that were produced clearly highlighted each person's strengths and more importantly, through the conversations with Andrew, each person was injected with confidence to embark on their job search. All employees without question fed back on their own very positive time with Andrew.
CVPal provide an excellent service through their professionalism, efficiency and much needed empathy towards those who are trying to manage difficult and challenging changes in their careers.
I would very much reccommend Andrew's services to anyone who needs them.

Claire, HR Manager, Henley.

Claire Alden, High Wycombe

Andrew at CVpal has been an exceptional help guiding me as I take my first steps along my career path. From Personal Statements to video applications, Andrew has always tremendously delivered with his great knowledge and experience in this field, so much so, that with his help I have been able to achieve my goal, which was to secure a position on a Summer Internship Scheme. Once again, I would really like to thank Andrew for all of his help and I can honestly and truly say that without Andrew's assistance I would not be in the position I am today. I would thoroughly recommend Andrew as his assistance has really paid off for me and will certainly be carrying on with his service in the future.

Harvin, Slough

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