CFO Resume with a cutting-edge

CFO recruitment has already begun to hit high notes in India & abroad because of shape-shift in financial ecosystem in a changed dynamics. Today visionary CFOs are high in demand. Therefore your Resume must showcase your objective to go for an extra mile which will create a competitive edge between you and the competition.

My keen observations by interacting with the several senior most Finance professionals across the industry verticals has prompted me to jot down few lines to highlight farsighted business acumen which will put you as a class apart profile.

Shun the Stereotype CFO Resumes, instead your CV must reflect that you are a person who is thinking & bringing future, you are the mouthpiece of focused investment. The essence of the CV must depict gelling of the company aspirations with your interventions, you are steering the business as a high contributory individual who is functioning beyond the call of the duty in fact your role is undergoing a historic transformation.

Showcase following 5 salient facets of your profile while crafting Resume:

  1. Time Perceptions


  • Some well-established financial acumen like metrics, margins, EBITDA, Auditor’s analysis, Ratio, Technical analysis, EPS, ERP tools and share prices are ill suited for futuristic strategic decision making as they are too internally focused moreover these figures are coming in a quite systematic manner, yet statistically & mathematically correct but less challenging, they show progress against the pre-set of expectations hence inept to create value in future hence they are known as lagging indicators or historical perspective” instead you emphasize about “leading indicators or future perspective” which delves in creating value by giving directions to the business for future.


  1. Value Creation


  • Talk more on System creation, Strategy ideation & implementation exposure. As head of Finance you are supposed to understand the ins and outs of business, you should understand complicated technical process and even if given chance be ready to give lecture on product portfolio from competitors point of view so that an advice can be given and there lies your “differentiation” as a well-rounded knowledgeable person.


  • Get close to the business process, understand the current industry scenario of it and try to address issues related to Sales, Process or Product, an effort to drive them in different direction.


  • At the time of presentation to the top management Business & Financial Analysis should portray the sync with declared strategy, also focus under your tutelage what distinction has been created.


  1. Competency Edge


  • A business target of let’s say $100 million can be touched through different drivers i.e. applications, new customers, product ranges or several regions etc. Add value by creating an information system of customer spread and sales presence across the region or devise Customer segmentation strategy and Pricing discovery, a reason to success.


  • Show your forte for complete planning that is highlight more on Financial planning which does not only means Budgeting &Forecasting or Financial Planning could be Excel template but in detail it consists of two major parts (i)Strategy Planning & (ii)Business Planning , further the most crucial subject is Strategy Planning-Customer Segmentation, As-is analysis, SWOT Financial Analysis, Business plans with drivers, Long term plan, Operating yearly Planning and last but not the least  is Monthly Planning.


  • Also have courage to voice about tweaking of the strategy or resilience in the strategy structuring.


  1. Teamship


  • Mention that you have revitalized the Finance team through hiring brilliant financial wizards, made the Process & tools faster and simplified for them, created small financial tools for the finance team to explain financial figures with conviction i.e. visualise the future value by creating value today.


  • Substantiate that even in Matrix reporting environment you have been a successful team player both for virtual as well real teams.


  1. Collaborative Mind-set


  • Show that you have established perfect rapport between CFO& CIO to develop analytics capabilities, thus arming the businesses with the competent data and operational insight needed for optimal excellence.


  • Besides having significant partnership with cross functional departments develop strong association with HR deptt by participating in to Leadership Hiring, assisting HR for skill gap analysis. And in case requisite financial data is not giving satisfactorily result, challenge the HR for additional resources or for competent Human Capital, for HR Planning Finance could be a good vertical to collaborate. Thus both are in the same page. In nut shell HR assessment of strategic thinking, strong leadership, communication skills is must to judge operational expertise.

I’m sure by including above pointers in your CV you will be able to establish a “forward looking” impression who believes in creating a niche value for the business.

Devdat kr. is a Professional Resume Writer. He is MBA from XISS and can be reached at and +919811664625. 



“Study his train of thoughts and you will find he’s gone thru fiery furnace and will prove an asset.”


                                                               Let me start this article with a fresh incidence, A candidate came to me for Resume revamping his profile when I perused, 12 job changes in 13 years, now at this juncture by some misfortune he lost his job but wants to apply fresh, His family life torn apart, proud father of two young daughters, wife took him to psychiatrist and has been diagnosed Bipolar Mental disorder and worst psychiatrist reasoned because of mental disorder there are so many job switches.

                                                              As I started conversing with him frequently he repeated, I do not have confidence to attend the interview because I feel as I’ve done crime by switching so many jobs in the past. Literally he broke down, not because of social stigma but because of debacle imposed upon him as mental patient, which he was not, vouching myself by talking to him and by studying his CV full of accolades & accomplishments.

                                                                 I am not a psychiatrist either but suggested him that smiling faces of his beautiful daughters are the best medicine for him, spend playful time with them. You will feel alighted and muster courage. 

                                                                 Everybody knows the public impression of “job hopping” is bad.  It can show immaturity, a lack of commitment, and a lack of loyalty too.

                                                                   I want to ask you, is his Career finished forever, has he committed any sort of sin by changing so many companies? Why his history of frequent job switching is seen as mentally unstable or potential odd employee in the organization if recruited.

                                                                 I think this is the direct challenge to the HIRING HEADS.

                                                               Yes the candidate has changed as many jobs as he could but nobody gifted him any job. He got thru them by his sheer gut feeling and brilliancy. And instead of simply rejecting his application at the drop of hat why can’t his exposure and achievements are analyzed carefully. If you probe the reasons of job switch I am sure majorly you will find valid and authentic reasons and I am not advocating them thru this Blog post but most of the job hoppers are very intelligent rather genius. Before designating them as dubious candidate why can’t we check their job knowledge & peer network? At the most, rejection is the final resort.

                                                             And for job hoppers also make it point that you’ll be grilled like anything because of this act of job hopping but mind my words STAND BY IT ready with convincing answers and I am sure you will come out with flying colors from interview  

                                                                            The flip side of the coin is that they are not begging for the job rather Complacency word is not in their dictionary.


                                                                              We make very cushy HR retention policies but this kind of cases if picked meticulously can make you a very good “HR Mentor”. Again I am reiterating picking this kind of candidate who hate to play safe can be gauged by HR connoisseurs only.

                                                                     In a plain language a diamond can only be cut by a diamond. You know the dare is to recognize the caliber and groom the Human Capital.

                                                             And who are the best HR Managers, those who can sniff talent from afar.


“Decision makers of the corporate world be decisive for the self & rule the roost.”

                                                    This is one of the most difficult questions asked in interview and very difficult to convince too, before this notorious question spoilsport your interview take an antidotal action to avoid it and most probably that would be rather most suggested one would be to look for job change. Does this sound provocative?



Why are you looking for job change  another most oft question in interview and the most ready-made answer for the same  is, for better prospects, sounds very diplomatic and believe me it rarely works because employer is also sick of listening same answer again and again.



Recently a senior Professional from a reputed Hotel chain desired to me for Resume writing, he was a consistent performer in the same group for the last 15+ years but he was not being promoted after a certain grade, naturally dissatisfaction was creeping in and some way out was imperative. The Peculiarity of his situation was that many people were being promoted in his division but just because of his less qualification he was not being considered, is it that his world ends there for him?



Research shows that many people are hesitant to look for job change because according to them they may be branded as job hoppers instead they solace themselves that they are in a learning stage and until the realization comes that they should have, they enter the stage of repentance.



Do not just work day by day, the another name of professional world is shrewd world, one fine day you may find your colleague, identical in age & experience to you, got a big jump as a new offer. Always keep your eyes n ears open thru career sites & vacancies related to your domain areas that what kind designation & compensation you command currently or are you lagging behind, if yes pull up your socks and look for career switch.



You are not an under-performer employee but undervalued, surely you are at a wrong place with no sign of career elevation, staying there is sheer wastage of your precious time span. As the saying goes if you won’t come out on your own you will be forced to come out by the circumstances. Therefore when you are confident of your dazzle, someone will honor you with due recognition but you’ll have to come out from the complacent cocoon at the earliest.



Nothing can stop you to grow understand this to the core of your heart, if you have been under-performer lately due to some unforeseen reasons especially poor equation with the new boss just look for some other better alternative and take it for granted that it’s not your cup of tea, Remember every worst happens for the best. Something somewhere more worthier opportunity is waiting for you, go and hunt it and the whole world will be yours.



Remember in this deathly combative & ambitious corporate world nobody will listen to your so- called story of missing the boat during the interview session. The world is craving not for experience but for expertise that too from fresh & innovative ideations.



Devdat kr. is a Professional Resume Writer. He can be reached at M: +919811664625. 


                                               We are very proud of our own Resume, in fact quite possessive about it, after all it’s our own career saga and we do not want to adulterate by somebody else’s so called valuable suggestion .But after sometime when the honeymoon with the Resume gets over we realize that strange no interview calls, there must be something wrong with the CV.

                                         Beside many other mistakes in resume the most unacceptable & underrated fault we commit is designing self Centered CV. which becomes disastrous for further career elevation even for high potential candidates.

Locations where we show our self centered attitude in CV:

  • Focusing on a Positive Personality

Many people look through adjective lists for resume writing in order to market themselves as great potential co-workers. You want to make sure that you showcase that you have a great positive personality as well as the skills required to excel at your job. Consider that each adjective you use is a chance to show a relationship that you have a great outlook on life, and that you are an optimistic team member, not just a pessimistic follower or a self-centered leader. 

  • A resume isn’t a memoir

You don’t know how to write a resume because you don’t know how to read one, there lies the thin difference.

According to one HR Manager; I’ve perused hundreds of resumes. You know what I looked for? Very little.

A resume is supposed to hit your highlights, not tell your life story.

So you’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to impress me with how well-rounded you are. But trying to do so too soon tells me a couple things you don’t want me to know…

  • It’s about creating VALUE.

One of the biggest and “most popular” mistakes job seekers make in the Cover Letter is to recite that already expressed on the Resume/CV. This is not a productive technique for a job candidate. To a prospective employer, the Cover Letter should illustrate how one would create added VALUE to the company if given the position.

First, tailor the Cover Letter for a “specific” job position (Never use a “standard format” or template where you only switch names, dates and addresses). A good Cover Letter will make an applicant’s skills and the job description parallel to one another. This is the VALUE element.

The employer should realize an instant contribution from the applicant after reading the Cover Letter. There must be an immediate connection between the following: applicant, specific job position, employer.

 The Cover Letter should not address an applicant’s desire for change in environment or need for added experience. Both will come across to an employer as being self-centered.

  • The Objective Statement: (No Longer Necessary)

“The profile should support your career target; yet unlike an objective, it should identify with the employer’s needs rather than your wants.”

The Objective Statement is now looked upon as outdated. The Objective Statement of most job-seekers are very self-centered with no employer focus. The statement usually describes the candidate’s future goals and aspirations. They do not convey how the candidate will fill the needs of the employer, where such need are conveyed through the description in the job posting.

Employment candidates should instead use a Profile or Statement of Goals (both relative to the current position) in lieu of the Objective Statement. Either option should be job-focused, displaying how current skills and previous experiences will bring value to the employer. The Profile or Statement of Goals should not include a candidates future aspirations or need for “other opportunities.”  This can come across as a sign of instability as well.

Remember, every part of the resume should somehow focus on the employer’s needs and not the individual goals of the candidate.

The personal statement is the “selfish” document, listing what YOU want to accomplish. The resume should be used for the needs of the employer.

  • Sound Confident, but not too self-centered

Next hint deals with the tone of the written narration. You should sound Confident, but not too self-centered. Resume is your chance to show all the ‘prizes and trophies’ acquired in professional life. If you are shy to speak about your accomplishments, get some family members or friends to assist in listing your positive traces. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be so self-assured as to presume that an employer must make his own conclusions about your talents just from a simple mentioning of your high university degree. Remember that a diploma of a well-known university, being of course a nice bonus, doesn’t reveal any of your professional skills.

  • Put yourself in perspective

“Seeking challenging sales position with an innovative employer where I can utilize my creativity and strong interpersonal skills.”

What are the chances that a statement like that will impress employers?  Boring, self-centered objectives just help you blend into the crowd with thousands of other job-seekers.


 Off course it is your CV, about you, written by you but not for you.




During MBA days we learnt that Change is constant and now economy is not constant. Paradox …….

In this volatile economy when waiting period for Interview call is so high, you just can’t rest on your laurels, rather “spruce up “your CV and moreover your own time is not waiting for you while you have to go quite far before dusk.

Before applying for any position just ponder for awhile on your CV and that might make a difference.

Read on….

  •  We all know it takes less than a minute to read or rather scroll the CV for selection or rejection. But how do the Recruiters read Resumes, where do they spend most of the time for reading? Where can you give Initial thrust to generate interest?
  •  Just like First Impression in Interview First few lines of CV makes impression about you.
  •  The first sentence is of paramount importance  and mind it Recruiter is not going to be impressed by you here, He is just taking care of vital information  needed e.g. total years of experience, kind of exposure and in which kind of industries. While conveying these informations, neither exaggerate nor hesitate rather be discreet.
  • Just like your job experience,accomplishments &  awards give equal emphasis on personal Introduction as AN OVERVIEW.
  •  You are smart enough if you are summing up the above matter in just two lines or two sentences.
  •  Next step, just in one sentence give a solid punch about your personality in relation to your job e.g. Possess ability to innovate and perform under stringent situations and to come out with better alternative also Passionate to take along with people because teamship is the crux of success.
  • Gone are the days of writing “Area of expertise”, it is absolutely disastrous in this 2 page CV era.
  • While writing job roles stop writing general or ordinary sentences e.g. Conceptualized & implemented various sales promotional activities for market development and increase sale. Instead of this line be specific; explain for that particular product or technology what exact step you took.
  •   Job market is full of qualified  & talented candidates and companies cannot make compromises Therefore do not just highlight recognition, rewards & significant achievements. CV selection has gone beyond it, always try to highlight your leadership quality (which is always in great demand in corporate world), Risk appetite, Organizing skill and Teamship.
  •  Mind it Company is not going to hire any robot they want a human being with vision, intellect & logic.
  •  Your main aim should be of QUICK-SHORTLISTING of CV that’s possible majorly by sharing your management caliber in 2 page CV only.

Follow the above guidelines and I am sure you will present a “NEW YOU” in your CV and which will be a sure success.

 The author of this blogspot is Devdat Kr. a Professional Resume writer.He can be reached by