The Difference Between Professional and Executive CV






Submitting a concise and effective CV that highlights all skills and experience relevant to a position is crucial to getting an interview call. The intense competition in the United Kingdom has in recent years blown out of proportion and continues to rise. Currently, the average number of candidates for an office administration position is on average over 40 to 1. Getting noticed by perspective employers is becoming seemingly impossible for candidates with or without extensive work experience. As for executive positions, the job vacancies are tight and limited such that they are barely advertised. A UK CV service can help you develop a powerful Curriculum Vitae that will get you noticed! A professional CV differs from an executive CV in several ways and we have outlined the differences below.

Professional CV

A professional CV is one of the most commonly requested of all CV formats and is:.

  • Typically no longer than two pages
  • Features a more extensive educational background section
  • Features former or current research (if applying to academic research positions)
  • Contains publications or organizational membership

A professional CV usually targets a specific list of primary keywords that are optimized for a standard scan by enterprise CV software. Usually, before an HR manager will personally review your CV it is scanned by software to determine if your experience matched to what the HR department is looking for. For example, if a company is seeking a restaurant manager who has expertise managing a restaurant business, your CV should include keywords such as menu development, customer or personnel management. A professional CV demonstrates the successes you have in your specific career as opposed to simple job descriptions of previous employment. The main idea is to focus on skills and achievements.

Executive CV

An executive CV written by our UK CV Service is extremely detailed, career-oriented and emphasis accomplishments over all other fields. An executive CV may include as many as 20 pages depending on the position. For example, if the CV is medical related it may include a detailed outline of published writings, research and future research/method goals. Here are some brief tips on what needs to be included:

  • Avoid using a chronological format – an employer wants to see what you offer as a complete package and not look for your achievements in between the lines.
  • Keep your resume limited to 1-2 pages. If you keep all your information concise and it fits to one page, great! If it does not, you can surely go up to a maximum to 2 pages, as long as the information is indeed relevant.
  • The same keywords as in the job description need to be included. An employer wants to see you read it and are addressing this particular job. A generic description will not cut it.
  • Use relevant and effective verbs, such as “achieved, influenced, streamlined, developed, researched, etc.”
  • Graphics and photos should never be included unless asked for.

Our UK CV Services will create an executive CV that will typically include achievements or former/current roles as a member of board of directors or directorships. An executive CV must convince the reader that you are not only qualified to be a productive member of high end companies, but that you will be a benefit to the potential employer. Executive CV’s are typically written for positions such as VP of Marketing, CEO, Senior Manager and other executive positions.