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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.

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 send in your CV with a covering letter. Nowadays you’re much more likely to see a vacancy on Monster, CV Library, Reed or one of the other seemingly myriad job boards and apply on-line.

At the other end of that e-mail your CV will be looked at by someone who is under a great deal of time pressure and hasn’t got the time (and possibly inclination) to dig through the details of all your career to find the nugget of information they’re looking for. If your CV is hard to read – it won’t be read.

Your CV needs to actively sell you and be specifically aimed at the role you’re applying for. That’s why we don’t just write a CV for you, instead we create a document that you can easily edit and tailor to suit those job applications and we’ll advise you on how to do that.

The whole process starts with getting the free review we do as a starting point for all of our CV Services, just click here and upload your CV along with a note telling us about the type of job roles you’re looking for.

The other aspects of our CV services cover some of the newer aspects of recruitment such as LinkedIn and CV Optimisation for on-line recruitment – we’ll cover those in another post!