30-second CV

Typically, a busy recruiter will spend less than 30 seconds looking over your CV.
You need a CV that reflects your professionalism, past performance, and potential value to a new employer.

(Scroll down for tips to write your own CV)

How can I help you?
I have written over 1000 successful CVs for people all over the world, as a freelance writer for a top London agency.
I will write a CV that will be a targeted, tailored testimony of your career development, expertise, experiences and qualifications.
Delivering the facts, not the fluff.
Well-presented in a neat, professional format.
Logically laid out.
Describing your key skills and qualifications.
An honest sales pitch of how you can bring real value to a new employer.

It is essential that your CV is written to accurately fit the specified criteria of the advertised job, demonstrating how you are the ideal candidate.

And you need a Cover Letter.
If your CV is your sales pitch, your cover letter is the crucial advert that entices a recruiter to read your CV.
If your cover letter doesn’t tick the boxes, a recruiter probably won’t bother looking at your CV.

What Kind Of Jobs?
My clients have secured interviews for jobs in retail, sales, services, medicine, law, banking, Oil & Gas, IT, administration, manufacturing, (to name a few).
I have written CVs for over a thousand people, at all levels from tradesmen and graduates, to company directors and doctors, for salary levels from basic minimum wage, to uncapped mega-bucks.
The only thing my clients have in common is ambition.
My clients may be world-class experts in their given field, but they realise that they can’t write a CV to save their life.
So they ask me to write their CV for them.
Because that’s what smart and successful people do: they delegate to an expert.

How Does It Work?
Get in touch now.
Send your existing CV, and any other relevant material.
Tell me what job you intend applying for.
And a short time later, I’ll reply with your new CV.

How Much Does It Cost?
Usual price for a CV and Cover Letter is just £50.

How come it’s so cheap compared to other professional CV-writing services?
I don’t advertise: advertising can add up to 63% on to the cost of a CV service.
I have no overheads: you aren’t paying for back office support, you deal direct with me, your writer.
I don’t depend on the income: I have fingers in many other pies, writing CVs is a sideline that I happen to be very good at.

Don’t waste this opportunity to improve your life.
Increase your potential now.
Win the job you deserve.

Or, you could Write your own CV.

If you choose to save your money and write your own CV, here are a few essential tips:-

Keep it Neat and Logical
Your CV should be easy to understand and formatted in a layout that is simple and uncluttered.

The most important information is given priority:-
Professional profile: what you are and what you do.
Qualifications & Training
If your qualifications and training are irrelevant to your job, put this section after your career summary.
Career Summary: –
Job title – Company – Date

  • Responsibilities
  • Achievements
    Key Skills:-
    Describe your soft skills and transferable skills point by point
    You don’t need to give details, just mention that you can provide personal and professional references on request.

Bullet Points
Make it as easy as possible for a recruiter to scan your CV.
Describe details point-by-point: three to five points per job summary.

Sell Relevancy
Don’t explain that you have particular expertise for something that the job does not require – you’re just wasting space.
Trawl the job criteria for what recruiters are seeking in the position you are applying for.
Dig out all the key words and key phrases that the job adverts use, and use them in your CV.

Key Desirable Skills
Communication skills, planning skills, leadership skills, analytical skills, numeracy skills, organising skills, creative skills…….
These are skills that recruiters will want to see on your CV.

Remove the Pronoun
Don’t write: I did this, I did that…
Don’t write about “me”
Definitely don’t write in the third person: Brian did this, Brian did that….
Don’t use the pronoun at all.

Present Participle
That means “ing” on verbs
Don’t write “Contributed”, it makes you sound like a has-been.
Write: Contributing to….
Delivering this….
Providing that…..

Self Praise is No Praise
No blowing your own trumpet: it is meaningless.
No “proactively” or “energetically” doing anything, just cut the crap and keep to the facts.

Keep it Truthful
Remember, the recruiter may check up on your CV information, so if you didn’t achieve something that you state that you did, you will be labeled a liar, and no one wants to hire a liar.

How Long?
No more than two pages, unless you are a specialist with long lists of certifications.
700 – 800 words is fine.
Remember: it’s not an autobiography, it’s a snapshot of your expertise and experience.

Do not title your CV “CV” or “Curriculum Vitae”
Many HR automated filing system will assume this is your name.
If they can’t tell that your CV is a CV, then either your CV is rubbish, or your really don’t want to work in a place like that.
Use the given name that you use, and your family name. Don’t bother with additional names you might have.
Address with postcode.
Non-work email address.
Mobile phone only, like this: 0000 000 000

Punch Line
Key qualifying information needs to be given priority on the page.
If you are applying for a job as an accountant, if you have an MA in Accountancy, and membership of CIMA and ACCA, this should be bang at the top of your CV, not tucked in at the end.
If you are an engineer with offshore expertise, and the essential job criteria is ‘offshore experience’, make sure this information is seen in the first paragraph, top of page 1.

Don’t give your references’ names and contact details, just state that references are available.
Bring reference details to the interview on a separate piece of paper.

No photograph, not in UK.
A photograph can reduce your chances of being invited to interview by as much as 88%.
It can also cause issues with discrimination on grounds of race, gender, and ugliness.

If you are older than the average applicant you might want to camouflage your age a little.
So long as you don’t lie or mislead, you’ll be okay.
If you left school more than ten years ago, there is no need to include your school exam results, which clearly give away your age.
If you first started work in 1960, you don’t need to include this information; there is nothing incorrect about starting your CV with a job you commenced in 1999.
By the time you sit down in front of the interview panel, it will be obvious that you are mature, and that you have much more experience to add to your CV.

Only include if relevant to the job application.
No one cares if you like to go scuba diving or play football at the weekend, unless the job you’re applying for requires particular skills associated with these activities.

Or, you could just as me to write your CV for you!

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