Spelling…

I just found a spelling mistake on the website.

It must have been there for at least 6 months. I’d spelled “thought” as “though”, and of course, the spell checker doesn’t pick that up :(

I’m going to sit in the corner and cry in shame.

UK Employment Analysis

BBC Economics Correspondent, Dharshini David, reports on the latest UK employment analysis according to the Office for National Statistics.  More than half of the 329,000 jobs created from January to October this year went to people who are no longer economically inactive – i.e. they, rather than demographics, are the main reason for the expansion in the workforce.

There are:

  • 52,000 fewer long-term sick than for a year ago
  • 45,000 fewer (of 16-64) retired than a year ago
  • 41,000 fewer students than for a year earlier
  • 46,000 fewer than for a year ago aren’t working due to looking after family/home

The ONS doesn’t describe in detail why this happens but factors such as the squeeze on incomes, relative cost of staying in education, benefit changes, more stringent disability assessments, better job prospects are likely to be contributing aspects.

What is clear in the latest three months is that the rate of job creation, at 96,000 is struggling to keep up with the latest drop in inactivity, some 95,000 and demographics – hence unemployment rising 21,000.  All of these are for 16-64 year olds.

Inactivity among 64-year olds is up 150,000 in last year, hopefully due to the bait of attractive, gold-plated pensions.

Naming Your CV

When you write a CV you should always call the file by your name.

Don’t use “newcv.doc”, “mycv.doc” or similar, because so many people use that format that you’re just making the recruiter’s job harder to find your saved details.

I also see a lot of CVs that have file names related to the date it was written or updated, which is also a mistake as it can confuse the recruiter where that date is sometime in the past. They start to wonder if this is the latest version of your CV?

This might seem to be a minor point, but a good CV is defined by getting all the minor points right.

Privacy Policy

We take your privacy extremely seriously, and detailed below is our privacy policy.

This is written in a concise form that is intended to be easy to read and understand, without the use of jargon.

  • When you submit your CV to CV Write it will not be shared with any individual or organisation for any purpose whatsoever.
  • Your original CV will be held for a period of 12 months unless you ask us to delete it, in which case it will be deleted as soon as possible, but always within 72 hours.
  • If you go ahead with a CV Rewrite, Reformat or Updated, then your new CV will be held for a period of 5 years, unless you ask us to delete it, in which case it will be deleted as soon as possible, but always within 72 hours.
  • If you would like a copy of your CV, please email us from the original email address you used and we will send you a copy of any CV we hold in your name.
  • We will not print your CV or hold a paper copy of it.
  • Your CV will be retained on a hard disk drive that is password protected.
  • Our legal basis for holding your details is that you have asked us to analyse your CV for it’s effectiveness before entering into a contract with us to improve/update your CV.

If there is any part of this policy that is unclear, please contact us at newcv@cvwrite.co.uk and we will clarify this policy.

CV or Curriculum Vitae?

I get asked occasionally whether it’s better to put CV or Curriculum Vitae on a CV, and I always tell people that it doesn’t really matter, just so long as you spell it correctly!

Lately I’ve seen a lot of CVs that don’t have either on them. This is a simple mistake to make, and you might think it doesn’t matter as it’s perfectly obvious what it is, but it does matter.

Employers and recruiters expect to see it, so if they don’t, it means that something (even on a subliminal level) is wrong, and you can’t afford for them to think like that when they’re looking at your CV.

One final point, is that if you write a word in capital letters then spell checker will ignore it…

Latest CV Review

I’ve reviewed a CV today that I gave a pretty low score of only 44/100, and the only reason it scored this well was that it was under 2 pages and fulfilled some of the basic section requirements of a CV.

The client rang me to talk through the review and I was genuinely shocked when she told me that she had paid £150 for it to be written by a “professional”. It looked like a CV produced by a job board where you fill in the blanks and choose some random sentences to string it all together! The grammar was appalling with parts of it making no sense at all and at least 3 basic spelling mistakes.

They hadn’t even included a full postal address (something she questioned only to be told “oh, you don’t need that nowadays”), seemingly unaware that recruitment software uses this as part of the mapping and search functionality that allows candidates to be identified geographically.

I often see CVs written by competitors and they generally have improvements that can be made in relation to layout or formatting and even grammar, but I have never seen such an appalling piece of work by a so-called professional CV business. They do have a lovely looking website though.

If you’re paying to have a CV written, please make sure they have a cast iron money back guarantee.

Top 5 CV Mistakes – updated

I see a lot of CVs (several dozen a week) and very few score more than about 60/100 in our free reviews and there is a common thread to the mistakes –

1/ It doesn’t say it’s a CV!

Blindingly obvious but so many people forget to put CV or Curriculum Vitae at the top of their CV. This may seem trivial but it’s supposed to be a professional document that sells you and you forget to put a title on it??

2/  Missing Contact Details

Whether it’s an email address, missing postcode or even no phone number, we see these mistakes every day and not just on CVs from relatively junior people. Without an email address or phone number you’re making the employer or recruiter’s job really quite difficult and a missing postcode often means they can’t register your details on their database.

3/  No Profile

A CV always needs to have a short profile that says what you are. Not a repetition of your CV, but 3-4 lines that summarises what you do. Make it easy for the recruiter to see that this is a CV they need to read as it fits the basic requirements of the role they’re short listing for.

4/  No Key Skills

This is perhaps the most missed out part of a CV and even when it’s there it’s often just a collection of key words that can confuse a recruiter. This is the part of a CV that you can tailor to suit specific applications to highlight why you match what they’re looking for – make sure you get it right and it’ll save a lot of time and get you more interviews.

5/  Dense Text

Have you ever picked up a Charles Dickens novel? How far did you get? Most people get about one third of the way down page 1 and put it back down again because it’s just this solid block of dense text that is way too difficult to commit to reading. Your CV is no different. But death by bullet points isn’t the answer!

Of course we see lots more mistakes than these 5, but if you don’t get these basics right then you’re making your search for a new job an awful lot harder.