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Thursday, 22 March 2018 15:37

CV Writing Format

What is the right CV writing format and style of a CV and how should it be laid out, is another popular question I’m asked. That depends on a lot of things such as what your profession is, for instance an artist, actor or graphic designer are going to have different looking CVs to accountants, bankers or IT consultants simply because there is more of a ‘creative’ look expected of artists and designers than say an accountant whose CV is expected to be more formal and logical looking. Split your CV into sections with clear headings that stand out so…
Saturday, 10 March 2018 08:40

How To Create A Professional CV

What is the difference between a professional CV and an unprofessional CV? The answer is simple – one will get you job interviews and the other won’t. So how do you ensure that your CV falls into the former category rather than the latter? It’s not an easy thing to achieve but if you do all of these things below: Put a lot of effort into it Re-draft it several times Proof read the CV several times and get other people to proof read it Pay attention to detail Do a lot of research Spend a lot of time on…
What is a ‘personal statement’ and why is it so important to include one at the top of your CV. Well, the term personal statement is talked about a lot and I’m not sure that the words ‘personal statement’ are accurate for a CV and I’ll tell you why. The term ‘personal statement’ is used in a multitude of settings including when applying to university to study a degree, writing about how you meet the job specification in a job application and several other instances which are similar to what a CV does but are not quite the same. A…
Thursday, 08 March 2018 14:56

How Do You Write A CV?

People often ask me “How do I write a CV”? And I reply: “How much work would you put into creating a one or two page document if your life depended on it?” And quite often people are aghast at that answer but what is a CV for? It is to get you a job so that you can keep the roof over your head, pay your bills, buy your food and clothes and provide for your children, if you have them, so when I put it like that, they understand what I mean. So I am very perplexed to…
Monday, 05 March 2018 16:33

How To Write a Really Good CV

What are the key ingredients for a really good CV? What makes a CV stand out from the crowd? How do employers sort the wheat from the chaff? These are all good questions and I will attempt to give you the answers. A really good CV has several qualities, which attract a potential employer’s eye: It is really well laid out with lots of white space in between sections and around the margins. The CV has clear headings throughout which clearly divide the CV up into parts that are easy to follow. It has bullet pointed lists of responsibilities, skills,…
Monday, 06 November 2017 16:10

Job Search - Where Are The jobs?

Another question people ask me is how do I find a job? Again, if I knew the answer to that, I'd be a rich man.   The best thing that anyone can do is to do a thorough, methodical and strategic job search, frequently analysing your approach, is it working? If you're not being successful in getting job interviews, ask yourself what can I do differently to get a different outcome? If you're not getting job interviews then it is probably your CV and cover letter that are not hitting the right note. In which case you need to re-vamp…
Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:10

How to Write a Good Cover Letter

Writing a good cover letter or as some people describe them cover notes, is quite simple although many people tend to think that they are complicated and get all worked up about writing one.   Cover letters or covering letters historically come from when we used to write letters accompanying job applications, something that I'm old enough to remember. They are essentially a part of British politeness and etiquette that we still use today some of the time. I'm old enough and old-fashioned enough to say that you should send a covering letter with every job application you make. To…
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 16:09

Job Interviews

Another question people always ask me is what questions will I be asked at a job interview?   The answer to that is no one knows. That's probably not the answer that you want to hear but if you think about it logically, if every one knew what questions would be asked at every job interview, they could rehearse their answers and every job interview would be the same. Not exactly a good way for an employer to select a candidate, unless they want to recruit robots!   The fact of the matter is that every job interview is going…
Friday, 01 September 2017 14:53

Writing a Good CV

People often ask me what makes a good CV. Well that is both a simple and difficult question to answer, as each CV is as unique as each person - they are all different.   CVs are also very subjective. What one person likes, another doesn't. If you ask too many people their opinions on what makes a 'good CV', you'll get lots of different answers, some of them contradictory and conflicting, even from the same person!   I also get asked what are the 'rules' for creating a good CV and again I often give a contrary and conflicting…
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