How to Write a Profile on a CV

How to write a profile on a CV should be fairly straightforward, but only if you understand what the person looking at your CV is thinking. Consider who is looking at your CV when you apply for a job. It’s someone very busy who is working to a brief. Their brief is to find someone to fill a role and the type of role defines […]

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How to make your CV more positive

Many CVs that I review are a little too passive and need to be rewritten to make them more active, but it’s a fine line to tread. If you try to make yourself come across in a more active way it’s easy to overstep the mark and portray yourself as slightly scary, and maybe even unhinged. Recently I reviewed a CV for a client which […]

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CV Profile

A CV needs to have a Profile that clearly states what you are.   Many CVs that I review don’t have a Profile and the recruiter needs to dig into your career history to understand what you are. This is making their job harder. Imagine having to go through dozens of CVs and quickly identify if an applicant has the basic background you’re looking for. […]

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Write Your Own CV

Write Your Own CV? Can you write your own CV? Of course you can. In the same way as anyone can write a story; write a song; cook a meal…but how good will it be? So, why write your own CV? For one thing it will be cheaper, and secondly it may be quicker to get done. Price or Value? A good CV can be […]

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School Leaver’s CV

How do you write a CV for a school leaver? These can be a tough CV to approach as the backbone of most CVs is a person’s employment, and school leavers don’t tend to a lot of that! When referring to school leaver I’m referring to anyone that has left full-time education, whether that be after GCSEs, 6th Form, College or University. There are 3 […]

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How do I describe my job on a CV?

This is an area of a CV that is very easy to get wrong and the vast majority of CVs that we see contain some basic errors when describing job roles. The area I’ll cover in this post is the Header. The Header: You need to put yourself in the recruiter or employers shoes and consider what they’re looking for in order of importance. As […]

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Do I need a different CV for different Jobs?

I often hear this idea bandied about and the answer is No…and Yes! There are certain aspects of your CV that you can’t really change. Your education, training, memberships, age, interests and your career. They are what they are. But, you can slant your CV to appeal to a recruiter or employer for a specific role by having a properly written and constructed opening to […]

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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. […]

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