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, Icons, Symbols or company logos – that means you IT […]

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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 will need to do is some re-sequencing. Some skills are […]

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Need a New CV Quickly

Need a New CV Quickly

If you’ve just been made redundant or lost your job, then you may need a new CV quickly. We can review your CV in under 2 hours and usually produce a first draft of a new CV in 2-3 days, but if you’re really under pressure to get a new CV quickly, please let me know and I’ll express the process. The main reason it […]

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Latest CV Review

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 […]

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Top 5 CV Mistakes – updated

I see a lot of CVs (several dozen a week) and very few score more than about 60/100 in our free reviews and there is a common thread to the mistakes – 1/ It doesn’t say it’s a CV! Blindingly obvious but so many people forget to put CV or Curriculum Vitae at the top of their CV. This may seem trivial but it’s supposed […]

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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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