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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Using Headers in a CV

Lots of people use headers in their CV for putting in their contact details and on the face of it, it’s a good idea since it gives you a little more space on the page for content. However, you could be making a massive mistake with your CV if you do this. The problem arises with the scanning software used by the job boards and […]

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Is a Resume a CV?

The simple answer is yes. Resume is essentially an American term for a CV or Curriculum Vitae but there are subtle differences between examples of resume writing and CV writing.  UK based CVs tend to have a basic format at their core that covers Education followed by Employment History and then any personal of additional information. Within the Employment History you usually talk about the […]

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Does your CV Sell You?

Sounds obvious doesn’t it? But, it’s probably the commonest mistake we see when we review CVs. Ultimately a CV is about you, but you’re not writing it for yourself but rather to achieve your career objective. Whoever reads your CV will, in all probability, have never heard of you or met you and just wants to know that you meet their objectives and requirements. You really need to make sure that […]

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5 things not to put on your CV

Here’s 5 things that people commonly put on their CV which are a waste of space and simply clutter up the real story you should be telling: 1. Good timekeeper – Seriously, why say this? Every employer works on the assumption that you can get out of bed in the morning! 2. Enthusiastic – Again, why say this? Employers start off assuming that you are […]

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