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CV Writing Tips for the Perfect Payroll Job

Payroll Job CV Writing Tips

A carefully crafted CV is crucial to landing the right payroll job. This article outlines some key points to help you create a CV that will take you to the head of the queue and put you on your way to landing that perfect payroll job.


Payroll Job CV

The Introduction

When writing your payroll CV, it is a good idea to start with your personal profile followed by a short statement about yourself. This will be your introduction to prospective employers or recruiters and it will form of the basis of their first impression of you. This introduction should show some of your key strengths and make them want to read more.

Keep Your CV short

Start with your most recent role and work backwards, using bullet points to elaborate on each job. When describing your roles focus on your work-related accomplishments, education, training, and experiences.  The potential employer or recruiter will want to see the aspects of your previous roles that will be of benefit to them, so try to stress the elements of your experience that will apply to the payroll job you are applying for.

Make Sure Your CV Is Accurate

Make sure the all dates and information are correct and that the details match your LinkedIn profile. Potential employers and recruiters will most likely check your LinkedIn page so if you these do not match; you may not make it to the interview stage. They may also look at your other social media pages so if you have a social media presence, make sure it is showing your best self and be mindful of what you share.


Unless this is your first payroll job, the potential employer does not need to see your Junior or Leaving Certificate results. They will be more interested in the courses that are needed for this payroll job such as IPASS or similar


A potential employer or recruiter will be looking to see which payroll software and systems you have used in your previous payroll jobs. List these in clear bullet points. If you are experienced in a payroll system that they use, this will jump off the page to them.

Sell Yourself

Even though most payroll people are not natural sales people, you need to sell yourself and make the best case for your recruitment. Try to be creative and entice the reader by using persuasive terminology. For instance describing yourself as an “Expert Payroll Manager with a proven track record of delivering accurate and timely payrolls which adhere to company payroll policies and procedures.” is likely to outperform a more mondane description of the role.

Your CV will be the potential employer or recruiters first impression of you, so take the time to get it right. It could be the difference between landing that payroll job or not.

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Landing your next Payroll Job

Whether you are looking for your first payroll placement or are an experienced payroll professional looking for career progression, we have the right payroll role for you. Visit our payroll careers page to discover what jobs are currently available.