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Sample CV;
Writing your own CV

*  Try to keep it to 2 pages, 3 maximum
*  Split into 4 sections and use subheadings; Personal Details, Employment
    History, Qualifications and Interests
*  Always put in reverse chronological order, i.e. starting with the most recent
*  If there are any gaps in employment - add an explanation
*  Keep statements factual giving good examples of experience gained
*  Remember to include contact details including daytime contact number and
    personal email address
*  Spell check and proof read - ideally get a trusted eye to proof read too
*  Concentrate mainly on current/last job.

*  Include a photo
*  Go back any further than 10 years
*  List irrelevant personal information, e.g. names of children/pets
*  Add very general statements without giving examples, e.g. I am an excellent
*  Invent hobbies/interests that can catch you out - be prepared to embellish on
    them at  interview
*  Please find below a template of how your CV should look.



Peter Smith

Resides Leeds


*  Possesses over 10 years Pensions experience gained in both Defined Benefit
    and Defined Contribution. Possess experience working on in-house and self
   -administered schemes in a consultancy/outsourced environment
*  Excellent communication skills with an ability to interact professionally with
    clients, scheme members and internal or external departments
*  Strong time-management, organisation and prioritisation with attention to
*  Enthusiastic, flexible, proactive approach to tasks with the ability to multi-task
    and prioritise.

*  Certificate Financial Planning/Administration
*  CF1: UK Financial Services, Regulation & Ethics

Sept 2007 to Present
Pensions Administrator
Day to date duties & responsibilities:
*  Establishing and managing client teams
*  Servicing over 500,000 pension plan members through record keeping and help
*  Paying around 150,000 pensioners a month
*  Development and systems support
*  Specialist advice and project management
*  Work alongside the investment and reconciliation team
*  Assist with the timely update of all contract notes
*  Maintain accurate data on the core administration system
*  To assist with the analysis of any errors which would include establishing
    whether there has been any investment loss as a result of a delay or incorrect
*  To assist with the work monitoring of corrective deal requests
*  To ensure all files are maintained in accordance with company guidelines
*  Maintain the reconciled position between the bank account, the core
    administration system and the investment manager
*  Be a point of reference for other pension administrators.

Salary: £22,000

Reason for Leaving: Progression


May 2006 to Sept 2007
DC/DB Pensions Administrator - Contract
Day to date duties & responsibilities:
*  Working on the Special Terms Project Scheme Dealing with DC/DB schemes also
    working on GPP pensions. Using in house systems such as mainframe, Optis
    money out and their IMS system (I have also undertaken the relevant training
    on Compliance rules & requirements, Data Protection, Money Laundering,
    Breaches, and Complaints and Controls)
*  Providing administration service to scheme members, participants, and
    consultants at all levels
*  Dealing with individual cases which are retirements, transferred, and leaver
   cases ensuring administrative and compliance processes are followed to
    required timescales
*  Checking cases which need a refund calculation on both DC and DB final salary
*  Contacting members via phone, email and mail, receiving incoming calls from
    members regarding their individual or group schemes whilst providing a
    professional service at all times
*  Supporting the team and management, working to strict targets with a high
    level of accuracy involved

Salary: £19,000

Reason for Leaving: To obtain a permanent position.

AON Consulting
Nov 2005 to May 2006
Pensions Administrator
Day to date duties & responsibilities:
*  Processing retirements from quotation to payment involving repeated contact
    with third party annuity providers and IFAs;
*  Identifying and arranging new starters and issuing information to them;
*  Processing leavers from the scheme including identifying deferred members and
    those entitled to refunds and making subsequent payment of refunds on a bulk
    and individual level; dealing with death of members in service and with deferred
*  Changing members investments; altering contributions for members;
*  Transfers in and out of the scheme;
*  Training new members of the team in various processes; issuing information to

Salary: £17,000

Reason for Leaving: Career progression.


Aug 2005 to Nov 2005 - JLT
Pensions Administrator
Feb 2001 to Aug 2005 - Barnett Waddingham
Pensions Assistant
July 2000 to Feb 2001 - Hart & Co
Office Junior



Leeds University
Business Studies 2:1
Boston Spa, North Yorkshire
10 GCSEs Grade A to C 


My hobbies include Judo, Cricket, Reading, Football and Sudoko