CV Writing

Convert CV to a Resume

How to Convert a CV to a Resume is relatively straightforward, but requires a fairly brutal approach to the editing process. Whilst a CV is typically 2-3 pages long, a Resume is rarely more than 1 page. The US job market expects the 1 page resume (literally a summary) and anything longer will look odd …

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What is ATS?

What is ATS? It stands for Applicant Tracking System and it’s an automated way of sifting and ranking CVs and job applications. It’s potentially something that will stop you getting an interview if your CV is formatted or laid out in anything but the most simple fashion. You need to avoid the following: 1. Graphics, …

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Tailoring a CV

Tailoring a CV Don’t copy and paste text from job adverts to get through automated systems, but rephrase what they’re asking for when tailoring a CV. Most job adverts will have very similar phrases and qualities that they’re looking for in a given field, and if you write your key skills correctly then all you …

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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 …

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