The CV Book: Your definitive guide to writing the perfect CV

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With hundreds of CVs sent through for any one job vacancy, your CV has to work hard to stand out. You need to know what the recruiter wants to see and how to say it, fast.

Your CV needs to be exceptional and James Innes, who runs one of the most successful CV writing companies in the UK, is just the person to help you. The CV Book brings together years of research and experience to reveal the secrets behind the most successful CVs. You'll find ...

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Overview

With hundreds of CVs sent through for any one job vacancy, your CV has to work hard to stand out. You need to know what the recruiter wants to see and how to say it, fast.

Your CV needs to be exceptional and James Innes, who runs one of the most successful CV writing companies in the UK, is just the person to help you. The CV Book brings together years of research and experience to reveal the secrets behind the most successful CVs. You'll find out all the insider tips and winning methods to make sure your CV never fails to impress.

You'll discover:

Exactly what you need to say and how to say it

How to build a CV, step-by-step

The 15 most common mistakes – and how to avoid them

Five easy ways to make your CV The CV really stand out And much more…

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780273721741
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2009
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James Innes is the Founder and Chief Executive of The CV Centre – the UK’s leading CV consultancy. Following more than a decade of experience heading up The CV Centre, James is now widely considered to be one of the UK’s leading careers experts. He regularly participates at recruitment fairs and conferences as a sought-after guest speaker, as well as being interviewed on TV and radio. The CV Book sits alongside James’s other careers publishing which include the bestselling The Interview Book and The Interview Question and Answer Book both published by Pearson.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction ix

How to use this book xiii

Part 1 Laying the foundations: getting the basics right 2

1 Aesthetics and presentation: looking good on paper 5

2 Content and style: what to say and how to say it 17

3 Structure: which type of CV is right for you? 33

Part 2 Building your CV: section by section 40

4 Personal details 43

5 Professional profile 51

6 Objective 57

7 Education and qualifications 61

8 Career history 67

9 Key skills 75

10 Achievements 79

11 Other details 85

12 Interests and activities 93

Part 3 The 15 most common CV writing mistakes and how to avoid them! 102

Part 4 When the usual rules don't apply … 112

13 Ten solutions for ten potential problems 115

14 Special cases - professions where the rules are different 125

15 CVs and résumés - looking for work abroad 133

Part 5 Tailoring your CV 140

Part 6 Digital considerations 146

Part 7 A word on… 154

16 Cover letters 157

17 Application forms 165

18 Job hunting 173

19 Interviews 181

Part 8 CV and cover Letter examples and templates 186

Part 9 My five top tips to make your stand out 232

Further reading and resources 236

Appendix A 250 action verbs 238

Appendix B 50 positive adjectives 241

Index 243

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