Hi everyone - I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, if not please feel free to move the thread or let me know where to move it.


I've just recently tidied up my CV according to the Career Tools podcast and my results are shown below. I would appreciate all comments, criticisms and suggestions from everyone on this forum as you all have far more experience than me!


In addition I have a few questions: 

A- What do I do with certificates and awards gained during my time in school? Is it relevant at all to mention in my CV? I have a leadership certificate and have won awards for being the best student in the year among others.


B- As you can see below my responsibilities have completely jumped from my previous work experience to my current work. I was initially employed as an admin assistant and gradually I was given more and more responsibilities although I never received a salary increase or change in my title. Is there a way to explain this in the CV, or should I leave it as is?


C- We are having a review coming up soon and part of the review includes setting job titles. Any suggestions on the best title I should put forward looking at my responsibilities below?


 Thank you everyone in advance.




Sarah-Marie Haigbrown

Phone: 0796 0896 877 Email: [email protected]


Consultant, Vadesha Properties Ltd (May 2010 - Present)

Responsible for HR, Finance, Operations and Customer Service Departments. Involved in 23 projects throughout employment, including a new product launch. Previous experience within the company: Events Management, Sales, Community Management and Property Investment.

  • Reduced company annual expenditure by 3.6% by reducing cost of procurement and switching suppliers.
  • Increased the margin of information products by 19% without increasing price
  • Increased 25.5% tickets sold for one workshop
  • Decreased waste produced by company by 50% through introducing recycling
  • Attained an average Net Promoter Score of 100% with customer emails
  • Successfully organised the logistics of 26 workshops within a 7 month period
  • Attained an average Net Promoter Score of  47.45% in events
  • Completed 99% of tasks to deadlines
  • Hit 81% of targets within the first two months of working full time
  • Read 83 books out of 393 books in the first year - 21% of the company’s library

Sales Assistant, British Home Stores Ltd (November 2008 - March 2009)

Responsible for serving customers on tills, restocking the shop floor and assisting with customer queries.

Shop Assistant, Martin Mccoll Ltd (October 2007 - December 2008)

Responsible for serving customers on tills and assisting with customer queries.


Business Advisor, Young Enterprise (May 2012 - present)

Responsible for advising a group of 17 and 18 year olds to launch and run a successful company.

Assistant Event Manager, London Property Network (October 2009 - December 2010)

Responsible for writing marketing copy and marketing the event online. Supported the host at the event by introducing guests to each other, answering any questions and checking in guests.

Sunday Shop Manager, Cancer Research UK (October 2008 - December 2008)

Responsible for front of store operations, opening and closing store on Sunday, managing two volunteers, arranging window display, balancing cash register, handling customer queries, sifting through public donations, and pricing donations to sell.


Riddlesdown Collegiate (September 2009 - June 2010)

  • 3 A Levels - A in Economics, B in Business Studies and C in French

Oxted School (September 2008 - July 2009)

  • Level 2 Credit in Young Enterprise

  • Level 2 Credit in German for Business
  • Certificate for Community Sports Leadership Award

The Warwick School (October 2005 - July 2008)

  • 13 GCSEs - 2A*s, 6As, 3Bs, and 2Cs
  • A* in Religious Education and German

  • A in English Language, Double Science, French, Geography, and Design Technology
  • B in Maths, ICT short course, and English Literature
  • C in Statistics and Award in Digital Applications






Mattias's picture

Im going to focus on the accomplishments and let someone else mention the rest:

1. You havent told us how you achieved all of your accomplishments, only some of them.

2. Achieved is a greater verb then both attained and "hit". Completed is more powerful then sucessfully...

3. Reading books isn't a accomplishment, you need to be able to connect this to revenues or costs in order for it to be.

4. You need to let the recruiter now when you achieved the accomplishment in order for the recruiter to gauge the value of the accomplishment. 1M £ cost reduction in 1 year is far better then 1M £ over 2 or 3 years.

hashbrown's picture

 Hi Mattias

Thank you very much for providing your feedback. I guess from the lack of feedback from others my CV is either really bad or boring!

I would still very much appreciate your further feedback on other sections of my CV. Please feel free to send me a private message or we could talk over Skype if you wouldn't mind?

I will edit my CV to reflect your feedback, thank you again!


Mattias's picture

I will send you my mail by private message. I will help in which ever way i can.