Two things I’ve learnt about CVs since writing ’7 Keys to a Winning CV’

Book signing at the launch of 7 Keys to a Winning CV - September 2011

Today is the second year anniversary of my book, 7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results, and to celebrate I’m giving away TWO signed copies to two very lucky jobseekers!

If you want a copy, you’ve got to read right through to the end to find out how :-)

7 Keys was the result of the two years I spent on the receiving end of bad CVs from jobseekers while I was working as the Assistant Editor of a film magazine. This led to me starting my own consultancy service giving CV makeovers to individuals, and later running group CV workshops to teach people how to write “winning” CVs.

In May 2011, I signed a contract with my lovely publishers Harriman House, to get my 7 Keys concept out to “the masses”, and four months later, I was holding a copy of my very own book in my hands – how exciting!

But anyway, it’s been two years since I first wrote the book and, fortunately, much of it is still very relevant to today’s job market. But here’s two things I’ve learnt since then:

Launch of 7 Keys to a Winning CV - September 2011

1) It’s okay to use the first person

Key number 3 of the 7 is to “engage your intro” – the personal profile / statement part of your CV – and for this I say to write in the ‘third person’ when referring to yourself (i.e. “Talented individual……” as opposed to “I am a talented individual…..”).

Well today more and more employers are less bothered by whether it’s first or third person – they’re more concerned that your intro is interesting, engaging and relevant so if you can achieve this by writing in the first person, go right ahead!

2) Visual CVs are the way forward

Key number 5 – “looks can kill” – is all about layout and presentation, and how important this is in relation to content. There are many ways to make your CV stand out using the basic formatting tools in Microsoft Word (check out my How to dramatically transform your CV in  under 10 minutes video for this), but if you really want to take it a step further and ‘wow’ your potential employer, get yourself a visual CV.

There are some fantastic examples on the Pinterest board I reference in my blog 5 quirky ways to get noticed in the job market. The good news is you don’t have to be great at graphic design to have it – just find a mate that is, or if you can’t find one, pay for one using one of these freelance sites.

So that’s it – two minor edits for 7 Keys to a Winning CV. That said, the original book is still a fantastic and very practical read if you’re looking for a job or planning to change careers. I can toot my own horn for you if you like, or you can read some of the reviews on Amazon from people who have benefited from it.

Win a signed copy of 7 Keys to a Winning CV!

Win a signed copy of 7 Keys to a Winning CV by Mildred Talabi

As I said at the beginning, I’m giving away TWO free signed copies of 7 Keys to two very lucky jobseekers.

If you want the chance of getting hold of one, all you have to do is email me (using the contact form here) and tell me in 50 words or less, why you think you deserve a copy.

Please include your full name, address, contact number and current employment status.

Closing date is midnight on Wednesday 25th September 2013.

Good luck!

***Or you can, of course, buy your own copy right here on Amazon!***

 


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4 Comments

  1. Patricia Nnadi /

    Well done Mildred.. very good reviews on Amazon, Pat Nnadi

  2. Andrew /

    I like the post. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Milton Bryan /

    Informative post indeed! In order to write a winning resume, there are several things that need to be considered. It is always essential to choose the right format and correct objective while writing a resume. Maybe, you are writing your resume for the first time and you don’t know where to start it. Well, you don’t need to worry about it because resume writing is not as tough as you are thinking. The best resume are always most relevant and contain all the requires fields. You need to make sure that along with mentioning all the necessary details, you have to take care of your English and grammar. Before giving it to your recruiter or interviewer, it is better to use proofreading services of a professional company such as Docfixers. Using proofreading services from professionals will ensure you that you resume will be clear and correct in terms of English and grammar.

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