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Send us a copy of your CV and one of our professional CV writers will assess it and email you with their suggestions as to how it could be improved to ensure it is viewed more positively by a prospective employer.
With hundreds of CVs to plough through, a prospective employer won’t initially spend more than about 10 seconds looking at each individual CV. There really is no substitute for taking advantage of professional experience.
One of our CV writers will mark your CV against a short-list of important first-impression criteria; from common mistakes to structure, formatting and presentation and deliver a review indicating what can be improved – and where. Give it a try. We’ll come back to you within 48 hours.
With competition for vacancies at an all-time high, having an application that helps set you apart is absolutely vital in just about every industry.
In fact, some roles receive so many applications that recruiters spend less than 20 seconds looking at each CV – making every single sentence count. To help make your CV work harder for you, we will provide you with structured impactful advice that you can use to improve your CV.
An in-depth review of your CV, provided by a CV writing expert – completely free of charge. This will include insights on the visual presentation and organisation of your CV, as well advice on the content of the CV itself. You’ll also get feedback on how it will be scanned by the Applicant Tracking Systems, the software that many hiring managers will use to filter applicants. So there really aren’t any excuses not to get your CV up-to-scratch.
Yes! Even more so if they go the extra mile for you. However, there is a caveat, to get the best results and to avoid disappointment, be clear what you want, what you’re getting and what your expectations are before engaging a CV writer.
As a final note, take time to shop around, don’t go to the first you see on Google! Call them up and have a conversation. Hopefully you will get to talk to the CV writer, ask the suggested question and listen carefully to the answers. You also want to find a rapport with and feel confident in your CV writer/coach they will help you achieve your goal. A CV that increases your likelihood of success of getting to interview ahead of the competition.
You will be coached in how to approach CV writing, job applications, online presence, and interviews. You will be guided in writing your own CV. This means that you are not likely to need such services again for a long time. You will know how to construct an effective CV and take ownership of the CV. This is very different to being handed a document that someone else has constructed based on interview. Experience shows that this CV is usually the most successful for gaining interviews and helping you during the interview.
You can submit your CV to a firm of CV writers who will charge £25 to £50. They will have a short conversation with you and then reformat your CV. What they will more than likely do is make your CV as ATS friendly (see an earlier blog), make the presentation attractive and introduce ‘power’ words. Though helpful, it won’t improve the quality of the content. Bear in mind the content is what you are going to be judged on in relation to a job’s requirements. This is true if the content isn’t well understood and presented. The free review is likely to be a critique telling you what could be improved and not necessarily how. This leaves you to figure out how to improve your CV. You may even get a few tips if in the process. This can get you part of the way to where you want to be. However, it may not be as effective as you’d like your CV to be.
Here is what you should be looking to pay for a superior quality CV:
Graduates and students – £45 – £60
Junior professionals (0 – 5 years’ experience) – £60 – £100
Mid-level professionals (5 – 10 years’ experience) – £80 – £120
Senior Executives and Directors – £150 – £400
In summary, you generally get what you pay for. The more you pay, within reason, the better the quality of the document provided.
Many people feel they don’t need someone to write a CV for them. They know their experience and they can save money whilst doing it for free. However, it’s best to break this down into two sections so an informed decision can be made.
What people do not see on a regular basis is other peoples CV’s. These are the CV’s whose their CV will be compared against. CV Buzz was founded by Matt Walsh, a working HR Director whose seen thousands of CV’s. Many people would be shocked by the difference in standards; relating to content, grammar, style and focus. An experienced CV writing company can prepare a new CV to compete against other candidates. Through experience they will have seen what works and what does not. They will know where the focus needs to be and also how to present it in a modern and engaging style. Many applicants are still using styles and templates from 10-20 years ago which are no longer relevant. They may therefore never even hear back from the employer after sending it.
Secondly, writing a CV is not to everyone’s strength. English might not be their first language, they may not know where to start, what content to put on the CV, or simply do not have the time. For example, if someone needs an electrician they don’t normally spend 2 years learning the trade and doing it themselves rather than simply paying for an electrician to do the job for them in the first place and more quickly.
Of course, you may also be a skilled writer and have experience in recruitment. Basically, you need to honestly assess the above and how it relates to you and the roles you are applying for. If you are confident you can tick the above boxes yourself and know what you are up against then give it a go for free.
The advantages to having your CV professionally written are:
It is easier for someone else to be objective and decide what information is relevant or not to your particular industry and career aspirations. As long as the person or company writing your CV has experience and a good reputation they should be able to handle any sort of role, albeit some with more research and information than others.
The job market is ever changing and if you have been in the same job for a while it is difficult to keep up-to-date with what information is required on a CV. For example you must now exclude your date of birth, nationality and marital status which was normally included a number of years ago. It is the CV Writer’s job to keep up to date with the job market and reflect this appropriately in your CV
You will save more time having your CV professionally written which allows you more time to concentrate on other things
A reputable CV writing company should be able to tailor your CV to meet your industry requirements, the job you are applying for and so it can pass ‘Applicant Tracking Systems’.