Skillsearch Top Tips - Get the best Workday C.V.

Skillsearch Top Tips - Get the best Workday C.V.

Applying for any job can be stressful and Workday jobs are no exception. The Workday market is growing and providing opportunities for development, as a highly skilled market we're also seeing a significant increase in salaries across the board too, especially for those with the most desirable skills.

However, with this we’re seeing companies becoming far more demanding than ever before, meaning those with the most niche skills and experience are even more desirable than ever. Therefore, candidates should be as pointed as possible during their application process in order to maximize their chance of bagging the top Workday jobs...

With over 10 years’ experience placing Workday specialists and our close connections with multiple Workday partners we have compiled this quick and easy list that shows the most important information employers are looking to see in this first stage.

From Project Managers and Consultants to Admin and Support Analysts we’ve seen a fair few CV’s in our time, so we have a pretty good idea of what it takes to get noticed… for all the right reasons!


We want to help take some stress out of your next job application so take a look at our top tips!

Skillsearch Rainbow Line

First things first… don’t skip the CV basics!

Our director dedicated a blog to doing your CV basics brilliantly earlier in the year and whilst you may think your CV is in pretty good shape, a little health check never hurt anyone. If the basics aren’t there, no number of fancy follow-ups can make up for it! For me the most important to remember are:

  • Keep it concise, don’t list every job you’ve ever had! Always start with the most recent.
  • Roles from 5-6 years ago should be a lot briefer than the rest. Company name, dates and job title will suffice.
  • Make sure your contact details are up to date – don’t use your work email address!
  • Formatting, spell check and proofread… twice! Can’t stress that one enough.

Once you have your CV fit for purpose it’s time to really focus on your Workday experience and the skills that will get you the position you deserve.

Skillsearch Rainbow Line

Be specific about your skills and experience

Whatever your role there are specific things all employers hiring a Workday Specialist will want to see from the previous experience on your CV.

I have broken this down by role so find the job you are looking for and you can use these as prompts when writing your summary and/or the detail of your most recent roles.

Project Managers

Agile working

  • Are you an Agile project manager? If so, explain how you run your projects.
  • If not, how do you manage your projects and how that works for you


  • Do you manage a specific workstream or oversee multiple ones?
  • How big is the scope of the programme you’re working on/ have worked on?

People management

  • Are you managing a team? How many people report into you?
  • How about up-wards management? How do you work with more senior members of staff to get the job done?


  • What size budgets are/were you working with? Providing the budget can help potential employers understand the size of the projects you’ve worked on
  • How did you keep the project on budget?


  • From Inception to Implementation to Hypercare/Support where did you fit in? Were you involved from start to finish, or brought in at a certain point?
  • How quickly was the project delivered?
  • Was it delivered in the originally planned timeframe?
  • Are you leaving mid-project? Explain why.

 Workday Project Manager Image

Functional Consultants


  • This is one of the most niche and desirable skills - make it clear what you’ve done around configuration if it’s a skill you have.
  • Explain in some detail which modules you have had experience in
  • But also, if you specialise in one module be clear about that


Employers also want to see which of the following areas you’re strongest in:

  • Tenant set up
  • Reporting competences (including Calculated fields experience)
  • Creation of dashboards
  • System administration
  • Security set up
  • Data capabilities (EIBs and iLoads)

Workday Functional Consultant Image

Integration Consultants

Is your experience in creating new integration systems or adding functionality to existing integrations?

  • What methods did you use to extract and transform data to securely?
  • How hands-on were you with the process, including use of Workday delivered templates; custom reports; web services; payroll integrations and custom integrations built using the Workday Studio Application?

Data Conversions

Workday data migration implementation

  • Where was the data sourced?
  • What legacy systems where you moving data out of?
  • Data cleansing - when validating data post migration e.g. P0 and P1
  • Which type of builds are you involved in?

In addition to your skills and experience, it’s a good idea to make sure you are clear about other factors which could impact your application. It can save a lot of wasted time on all fronts if these are known upfront…


Versions and Functionality

Have you worked with the newest modules: Recruiting; Talent & Performance; Time tracking; Learning? These niche skills are incredibly desirable so be sure to highlight these!

If you’ve had time away from Workday, make it clear what version you worked up to and which functionalities you are familiar with. Be honest about the version you last worked on. There’s no point in making out you are up to date with the technology if you’re not. Concentrate on your other relevant skills.

Contract or Permanent?

We’ve seen a steep rise in contract roles in recent years, so it’s a good idea to be clear on your application how you’ve been working previously and what type of employment you’re interested in now.

Remote or Office based

Again, we’ve seen a rise in remote working over the years. If your preference is to work as you travel, or if you like the daily routine of being office based,  ensure everyone knows this from the beginning!

 And finally, please, please, please, don’t ever speak in the third person - Adam doesn’t like it! 

So that’s it. It’s an ever-changing world out there and we’d love to get your feedback. So if you’d like to discuss anything in this blog, give me a shout.

Likewise, if you’d like to chat about your CV or any of our Workday jobs drop me an email or message on LinkedIn.

Associate Director - Workday, HRIS and Finance Systems Specialist Adam Leaver

Specialising in Workday, HRIS and Finance tech Adam is always the first in the office and often the last one to leave. We asked Adam to tell us a bit about his personal life but he assured us that he was too focused on work to have one. Despite this he does enjoy the occasional trip to Craven Cottage to watch Fulham although we are not sure that qualifies as stress relief.

View all Adam Leaver's jobs

More news by Adam Leaver

GDPR in HR Industry News


Have companies given themselves enough time to prepare for GDPR?

Workday: Sticking to its Game Plan Careers Advice

Workday: Sticking to its Game Plan

Over the past few months, Workday has continued to add new functionality to its products while consolidating its business operations; Skillsearch’s Workday specialist Adam Leaver examines what the recent developments mean for contractors working within the Goliath’s ecosystem.

SaaS HR Consultants: Adapt Now Or Risk Being Sidelined Human Resources

SaaS HR Consultants: Adapt Now Or Risk Being Sidelined

2015 saw an evolution in the SaaS HR Transformation sector, writes Skillsearch’s Adam Leaver, with the market shifting away from talent with IT-specific skill sets and instead focusing on HR consultants who boast an analytical mind and a deep understanding of the processes and procedures required to make a SaaS system truly shine in the […] The post SaaS HR Consultants: Adapt Now Or Risk Being Sidelined appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Related News

Working in Games City Guides: Brighton Careers Advice

Working in Games City Guides: Brighton

Now we may be slightly biased but we think Brighton is one of the coolest cities in the UK. As far as gaming goes It's home to some of the most cutting edge studios and hosts one of the country's biggest Gaming conferences...

Working in Games City Guides: Dundee Careers Advice

Working in Games City Guides: Dundee

Dundee is a modern and thriving city, located at the mouth of the River Tay in Scotland. The city has been awarded the title of the “best place to live in Scotland” by The Sunday Times, so if you’re thinking of moving to Scotland for a job in games, Dundee’s your place! If you’re relocating for a job in games, Dundee is big in this industry. The city is home to one of the world’s oldest games courses at Abertay University, as well as being the birthplace of several world-famous games such as Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft.

Working in Games City Guides: London Careers Advice

Working in Games City Guides: London

The English capital is known to be a city full of opportunities. Cultures, foods, activities and greenspace, everything is at your doorstep in London, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The UK’s gaming industry is Europe’s largest market and the most profitable in Western Europe for revenue downloads. London is also a leading city in terms of software and mobile app development, making it the perfect place to relocate to if you’re in the games industry.