Will anyone write you a free CV?
We seem to be getting a lot of “hits” from people searching for a completely free CV writing service.
I can assure you that there is no-one out there who offers free CV writing!
There are plenty of websites that initially say that you can make a CV free of charge but this is a honey-pot. They draw you in to using their site and you then spend an hour or two putting the information in that they tell you to (and it looks really slick) and when you get to the end you find that you’ve produced a CV – you just can’t have it!
In order to download the CV that you’ve invested time and effort in creating they want your credit card details.
We often get to see these CVs for review and they are uniformly pretty rubbish. They are all in very similar formats and, whilst they do make sure you have all the basic requirements of a good CV in place, the content has been written with all the usual mistakes that we see.
If you genuinely want a free CV then there are lots of basic templates out there that you can download free of charge and just fill in the blanks. Your only investment will be your own time, but you will not have addressed the underlying issue of most CVs which is that the content is not written in a way that sells you.
We’ve noticed a growing trend for CVs in what we refer to as a magazine format.
Basically the CV is written like a page from a magazine with small snippets of information dotted around the page with different fonts and different colour backgrounds – much like you might see in Hello! or OK! magazine.
These CVs look great but they are a major mistake.
Magazine pages are laid out that way for a very specific set of reasons. Their authors know that their readers are essentially scan reading articles whilst relaxing or killing time and are looking to be informed, entertained or even titillated by sometime random snippets of information.
The person reading a CV is in a completely different mind set.
They are focused on extracting key pieces of information that will tell them if the person they are reading about has the experience and/or qualifications to do the job vacancy that they are looking to fill. If you make that task hard for them – they’ll give up looking and move onto the next one! The information has to be where they are used to looking for it.
So, please, make it easy for the person reading your CV!
There are many CV templates and free examples available that look good, but you need a combination of both style and substance for a really professional Curriculum Vitae.
A template is good for getting the look and layout of a CV correct but that’s about as far as it goes.
An employer or recruiter needs to be able to quickly read a CV and ascertain if you’re worth interviewing. Whilst a template will help you along the road it doesn’t help with writing compelling content that really gets you onto the interview list.
If we write your new CV then you will have a document that really sells you and gets you the interview.
Click on our free review to see what we mean – with no obligation.
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We get asked about templates on a fairly regular basis and why should I use you when I can just use a template?
It’s a fair question and deserves an answer.
Templates are generally quite good for a basic CV but where they fall down is that you still have to write the content and that’s the bit that really matters.
Does a template make sure your CV is the right length? No.
Does a template make sure that you have a well written and targeted profile? No
Does a template ensure that their are specific achievements in your CV? No.
I could go on but it gets a bit repetitive!
A professional CV needs a professional CV writer who can produce a tailored document that genuinely reflects your experience and skills.
By all means use a template but don’t be too surprised if you don’t get interviews…