Two things I’ve learnt about CVs since writing ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV’
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:
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!
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.
***Or you can, of course, buy your own copy right here on Amazon!***
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