A streamlined 1-page CV or résumé is ideal to have on-hand to make the most of networking opportunities. This is a condensed overview of where you’ve been, what you have to offer and where you want to go. Your 1-page networking CV should be succinct and compelling.
Write your ‘elevator pitch’ here. Be brief, persuasive and try to spark interest. Here’s an example…
I am an experienced senior executive with a broad business background and a strong foundation in finance. I currently report to the Managing Director and am responsible for finance, IT systems and business processes.
My proven ability to think conceptually and strategically and my capacity to deliver at an operational level have led to my most recent role.
I have an unusual skill-set that enables me to understand the numbers, their implications for the business and the actions required to get buy-in from all the stakeholders for a successful and integrated outcome. I am reasoned and persuasive, with superb people skills.
My finance experience and broad exposure to business gives me sound judgement, and the ability to align the management team to a single strategic view including the business plan and culture.
I am highly organised, known for my determination and my ability to communicate effectively with the Board, senior management and staff. I have consistently delivered outstanding results in all my roles, performing with high energy, intellect and integrity.
Include a short synopsis of your ideal position and work environment. Here’s an example…
I now seek a CFO role within an ASX or multinational business that:
- Empowers its people to get on with the business
- Trusts the management team to deliver
- Has an organisational culture congruent with its actions
- Respects the customer
- Has clear and open communication in delivering on its promises
- I have particular interest in organisations where success derives from strong customer partnerships.
A handful of qualities that make you exceptional. Here’s an example…
- Natural and trusted leader
- Exceptional ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ management skills
- Analytical, highly organised and disciplined
- Conceptual thinker, able to retain detail and simultaneously see the “big picture”
- Change agent
- Results orientated
Highlight your career progression at a glance. Here’s an example…
July 2010 – present Microsoft Australia, CFO
Oct 2005 – July 2010 Optus, Group Financial Controller
Oct 2000 – Oct 2005 Optus, Divisional Financial Controller
Feb 1996 – Oct 2000 Walt Disney Corporation, Finance Manager
Aug 1992 – Feb 1996 Village Roadshow, Senior Financial Accountant
Jan 1986 – Aug 1992 Price Waterhouse Coopers. Various up to Audit Manager level
Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA) 1989
Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) 1985