How to write a CV for a General Manager

24 Jan 2020

24 Jan 2020

So, you’re writing your CV to prepare for a role as a general manager and any management role can be challenging to get. As you will probably know up until now, a CV is the best way to demonstrate why you are the perfect candidate for the position because it provides your relevant skills and experience. One of the challenges is to present this information in a way that is easy and quick to read.

If you’ve got a drive for success, love the responsibility of being in charge and you are a natural born leader, a general manager position may just be for you. Consult sample CV’s and read this short article to get ideas of what to include in your CV for your desired general manager role and how.

Below are some top tips to help you with writing your  General Manager / Management CV:

Stand out. Your CV should demonstrate your unique blend of skills and experience as a general manager. Make sure you include examples of, problem resolution or management achievements throughout your years of working in hospitality and management up until now.

Keep it simple. Your choice of font and layout are key to making sure a would-be employer carries on reading your CV. Simple formats work best.

Update. Firing off an old CV will look unprofessional, so make sure that yours is regularly updated to meet the requirements of the specific general manager job you are looking to apply for.

Check and check again. Avoid errors at all costs. This means spelling mistakes, dates which conflict with one another and ensure your email address and phone number is correct.

Stick to no more than two pages of A4. A good CV is clear, concise and makes every point necessary without waffling. You don't need pages and pages of paper.

Let’s Break it Down Even More

Your CV will be written for a potential employer. In the case of a general manager application, this is likely to be the area manager, operations manager or managing director of the establishment or company. The goal is to demonstrate that you have the qualities to withstand the high pressure environment within the establishment/company, leadership and management skills to perform the job to its highest standard.

From years of experience in the hospitality industry right up until the current day, as a general manager you will have acquired different aspects of professional skills. Give brief examples of when you have acquired and developed these.

Checklist on what to include in your general manager CV

Personal details - Name, address, mobile number and email address. If relevant, also include your LinkedIn profile or blog site where employers can find out more about you.

Objective - in 1 or 2 sentences, summarise and emphasise your key attributes and your intended future career path.

Employment History & Work Experience- Place this before Education. Start with your most recent job, detailing your experience concisely in bullet points

Education & Training - start with your most recent qualifications and work back to the ones you received at school

Interests - include this if relevant to the soft skills needed for the job

References - name two people (not relatives), along with their email address and phone number, who may be contacted by the employer for a reference.

By using these tips, your CV will create the right impression and help yours get to the top of the pile with the result that you are much more likely to be called for an interview.

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