Make sure you're as good on paper as you are in person
Having an effective CV will more often than not determine whether an employer like AXA decides to progress your application to interview. You may be the best or most suitable candidate for a role; but unless your CV clearly reflects these skills and experiences then you risk not being shortlisted.
Like a lot of large companies, we often receive a large number of applications for our positions, so choosing the most relevant CVs for interview is typically based on how clear your experience matches our requirements.
We understand that putting your CV together can be a daunting task but it’s vital that you use your CV to sell yourself, your skills and your experience.
There is no definitive right or wrong approach to compiling a CV and there are hundreds of websites that offer advice, guidance and templates to assist you. We have however provided some recommendations that will help show your skills and experience in the best possible light.
- Try to use a standard/clean typeface and try to avoid using pictures.
- Make sure that your CV is clearly laid out with all the information in a logical order using relevant subheadings (see content section below).
- There are no set rules governing the length of your CV, but try and find a balance of ensuring all the relevant information is displayed whilst keeping the reader interested. 1-2 pages for more junior positions and 2-3 pages for more senior positions are considered average.
- Please ensure you use a spell checker.
- Follow all instructions on the job advertisement.
- Apply on time and preferably early - some companies will close roles early if they receive a high number of applications.
- Try to customise your CV for each job you apply for.
After your name, address and contact details, start off with a strong profile about yourself and your abilities. You should give the reader a brief paragraph or two which gives insight into who you are and the range of skills and experience you can bring to the role. Keep it short and objective – and make sure you can back up the statements at an interview.
After this, put in your career history. Start with your current or most recent employment and ensure you provide the following details:
- Job title.
- The dates you have held this position.
- The key tasks and responsibilities of this role.
- Some of your achievements. Quantify these with precise facts and figures, e.g. managed a team of five, prepared monthly sales reports, managed a budget of £xMill, etc.
The length of detail you provide on previous positions will depend on how many roles you’ve had in your career and the relevance of the skills and experience in those roles in relation to the positions you apply for – there is no need to give detailed specifics about a role you did 20 years ago if it has no relevance to the role you are applying for now!
If the more historic roles in your career have limited/no relevance to future opportunities then you may want to think about writing “Previous work history available on request” or “1975-1992 – Various” or something similar.
If you’ve only had a short working career, it would be wise to focus on the commercial experience you’ve had so far, as well as providing more in-depth information regarding your academic and/or outside of work achievements.
There’s no need to explain why you want to leave your current employer or why you have left previous positions as this will be a likely topic of discussion at interview.
Following your employment history, provide details of your education, qualifications, interests/personal details and references.
It might sound obvious, but always be truthful. Never try to smudge dates and jobs to hide periods of unemployment. The most basic of checks will expose this and may ruin your chances of getting the job.
Last year we helped over 350,000 people with private healthcare
Last year we helped over 1 million people travel on holiday with protection against what might go wrong
Last year we helped over 12,500 people fighting cancer
AXA Investment Managers received 100 awards in 2012 alone!
76 MILLION EUROS
Between 2008 and 2012, the AXA Research Fund has committed this amount globally to 308 projects
Last year we helped over 43,000 people get their homes back to normal after flooding
Last year we helped over 300,000 motorists get back on the road after accidents
That's how many customers we care for globally, with 13 million in the UK alone, specialising here in Wealth Management, Insurance and Healthcare
We're helping over 180,000 people save for their futures
We've come top of the league tables in insurance revenues globally since 2008, and we've been the no 1 insurance brand in the world every year since 2009 (Interbrand)
This many AXA Hearts in Action volunteers around the world helped underprivileged people in 2012
Last year we raised over £500,000 for our charities
The number of employees we have globally, working across 57 countries
The GIE AXA (groupement d'intérêt économique) houses the financial and real estate departments of Mutuelles Unies and Drouot. The name AXA, chosen in 1984 to designate the group, was not intended at the time to be used as a brand name.
La Providence and Le Secours, united under the Présence banner, join Drouot and Mutuelles Unies after Claude Bébéar's successful takeover bid. The seminar in the Ténéré desert of the Sahara laid the foundations for a unified group with just one name, AXA.
After the merger with AGP (Assurances du Groupe de Paris), followed by the acquisition of a controlling interest in its holding company (Compagnie du Midi), during a tense shareholders' meeting that pitted Claude Bébéar against Bernard Pagezy, AXA becomes France's second largest insurance company.
The number of agencies flying the AXA banner hits three thousand in France. A new organisation along regional lines results in the creation of ten regions and a shared information system. Drouot, Mutuelles Unies and Présence are legally combined.
With AXA Hearts in Action, volunteering in the community becomes an integral part of the Group's identity. AXA crosses the Atlantic to become a majority partner in Equitable, a life insurance institution in the United States.
Claude Bébéar announces his Ambition 2001: AXA will be number one by the next century. The first global advertising campaign is launched. The AXA seminar, or corporate meeting as it is called, is held in China. Objective: develop business in Asia.
After making important acquisitions in Australia and Japan, AXA announces its alliance with UAP, and becomes France's largest insurer and the world's second largest insurance and asset management company. Scope, the employee opinion survey, goes global for the first time in its history.
"Go ahead. Go ahead with AXA," proposed the new global corporate ad campaign.
Like Equitable in the United States, which became AXA Financial Inc, all AXA affiliates move to the AXA name in the Asia Pacific region. A plethora of acquisitions on every continent, including Nippon Dantai in Japan and a partnership with Minmetals in Shanghai, the first French-Chinese joint venture in life insurance.
Henri de Castries succeeds Claude Bébéar as chairman of the Management Board and announces his ambition: AXA will become the global leader in financial protection. AXA takes steps worldwide to buy out minority interests.
The time has come for cost-cutting and improving service quality to gain leadership in the business and become the standard setter in financial protection. AXA Way imposes process discipline.
A new acquisition is completed in the United States involving Mony (Mutual of New York). The Mediterranean region is created, bringing together subsidiaries in that part of the world and the Middle East. More than one out of two employees owns shares of AXA stock.
With Ambition 2012, AXA gives itself seven years to become the preferred company of its clients, employees and shareholders. The Northern European region is created, grouping together subsidiaries in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. A year later, Winterthur, a Swiss company with numerous subsidiaries in Eastern Europe, joins AXA.
Protection through research: the AXA Research Fund is created to encourage scientific research into the prevention of major risks. AXA adopts a new signature – "redefining standards" – and three attitudes that guide its behaviour and commitments to customers: available, attentive and reliable.
AXA is present on every continent and in more than sixty countries. This scale bestows a high degree of responsibility on the Group. Irreproachable quality in every area is expected of a global leader. Faced with this challenge, its responsibility is to build trust and enhance it daily by offering tangible proof that it is deserved.