Recruiter’s Gripe

Chatting to a recruiter yesterday I found the single biggest gripe that recruitment consultants have with candidates that are already registered with them – as opposed to new applicants. In order to be registered on an agencies books you will have a skill set that applies to their client base, whether it be in media, sales, admin, advertising, motor trade, retail etc. So your CV has worked in getting them…

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CV blunders hit jobseekers’ chances of securing employment

Job-seekers are hurting their chances of securing new employment by not spending enough time on their CV, according to a survey. The most common mistake is sending a general CV to employers, rather than tailoring it to a specific role, according to research by the National Careers Service. Two thirds of careers advisers said this stopped people securing new jobs. More than 60% of advisers said spelling mistakes were a…

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“Successfully” – is this the most overused word in a CV?

Recently I have noticed the prevalence of the word “Successfully” in CVs to describe an achievement. Why do people use it? Probably because they’ve read a list of “Power Words” to use in a CV that they believe will give it more impact, but this doesn’t really work. Why not? Well it’s just too generic and without substantiation it doesn’t really mean a great deal. A good (read poor!) example…

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Beating the recruitment machines

Very interesting article from the BBC about online CVs and how to optimise your CV: Many of the biggest companies in the world are using software to recruit their workforce, so how can you beat the odds in the most competitive job market in history? If you take the time to fill in a job application, you might think someone would at least have the courtesy to actually look at…

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CV Services

We’re not just a CV Writing Service! There’s more to writing a CV these days than just putting your education and career history onto 2 sides of A4 with a Personal Statement at the beginning. Gone are the days when the only time you applied for a job was when an advert appeared in the jobs section of the Telegraph or the Grauniad (that’s a deliberate error!) asking you to…

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