Professional CV writing service that gets you noticed

Don’t Do anything until you’ve read this Article

Don’t Do anything until you’ve read this Article

 The CV is still the principle way of selling yourself to a prospective employer; But, how to write it? How many exam results to include and what elements of your career should you pick out? A little expert advice can sometimes make all the difference.

There is nothing more disheartening than sending CV after CV to prospective employers and receiving nothing in return. When unemployment is high and hundreds apply for every vacancy competition is fierce. Employers say that, because of demand, they cannot possibly respond to every applicant.  Yet that leaves said applicants in a quandary – how do they know the CV they are compiling for each job advert is right and is selling them effectively?

The truth is, they don’t.

We often think that we are the best people to talk about our skills, abilities and experience; after all we were there, we know it first hand, don’t we? Perhaps proximity doesn’t provide the best perspective. When job-hunting we’re motivated by either simply being in employment, or hankering after a promotion or just more money. We’re not thinking about how to sell ourselves effectively. We need someone to offer a fresh point of view on our own ability. Our English might not be up to scratch or we might opt for a structure we like but that turns off almost every employer.

CV writing is a growing industry. It provides the impartial expertise and advice to improve a CV, turning it from mediocre into something eye-catching. It offers objectivity combined with experience.

Yet, much like every other service, you have to know what questions to ask to ensure you are getting the right service.

One of the Best is “Absolute CV” They have an in-depth conversation with every potential client. The reason for that is obvious but it is worth remembering that any company that just asks you to send over your CV without a conversation or even a questionnaire isn’t going to know how to help you sell yourself effectively. Your career history, your toolbox of skills and abilities; you’re turning to a CV writer to help pull out the relevant elements to help you stand out. That means they need to listen and learn from you directly to separate the relevant information from the bits you can leave out.

While there are basic rules for a CV that should be adhered to you must never dismiss the benefit of sector specific experience. A CV writer with experience of your industry is better placed to provide insight into how to catch the eye of recruiters and employers. They will understand the industry skills to emphasise and the short-cut terms used to communicate knowledge and experience.

Job-hunting is never a pleasant experience, whether you’re in work and looking for another job or you’re unemployed. It is as stressful as moving house. The CV is still the primary tool to showcase your skills and experience so it needs to be right. The objective perspective of a CV writer will help you focus and shape your relevant knowledge and ability. When you know your CV is right, you know you have a better chance of catching the eye of the recruiter.

Laura Brown

Hate your job but can’t afford to leave it?

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Being in a job you hate is such an awful, stuck place to be.

Every day you have to get up and spend 8 or more hours (a huge chunk of your day) at this place where you are unhappy. Or even miserable.

Every time you think about the possibility of leaving, you realize you can’t afford to right now.

   – Maybe you have too much debt to pay off.

   – Maybe you have too many financial obligations.

   – Maybe you have little faith there is another job out there for you.

It’s a scary time for taking risks.

 

The more you sense the hopelessness of the situation, the more hopeless it feels. And this makes you hate your job even more. You resent the job. You resent that you can’t afford to leave it. And therefore everything about your life feels tainted with frustration and low-level anger.

One of the unfortunate side effects of all of this frustration and resentment is that it makes an already bad situation appear worse than it really is. You become hyper-focused on how stuck you are, and the negative aspects of your job and life loom in the forefront of your thoughts all the time.

Do you see yourself in any of this? If so, let’s see what we can do to get you off the treadmill and on the path toward something better.

Here are 5 things you can do right now to get started. Grab paper and pen to make some notes.

1. What is the truth?

Let’s get really clear on why you hate your job and what parts of it you hate. Do you hate the work itself? Are you bored or not challenged? Do you not like the people you work with? Your boss? Is the environment dysfunctional or unprofessional? Do you not feel respected or valued? Drill down to exactly what it is you hate about your job and why you hate it. Write these down.

On the flip side, ignoring all of these things you hate, what are some things you like about the job? Write down everything you can think of, even the smallest things — like the free parking or your desk chair. Don’t allow your frustration to taint the elements you truly find good or satisfactory. This will give you some perspective that even the worst jobs aren’t all bad.

2. What can you change?

Within your current job, have you explored all possibilities for addressing and changing the things you hate? Is it possible to shift your work responsibilities to something you like better? Have you met with your boss to address your unhappiness or concerns? Can you ask for what you need with any hope or expectation that it might change?

If there is any small action you can take that might make your current job more appealing, write it down and consider how you will go about taking that action in the next few weeks. Even small positive change can make a bad situation better and lift your resentment, at least for a time.

3. What is your role in it?

This is always a difficult question, but to get at the entire truth, you must examine your own personal responsibility for the situation you are experiencing. How have you possibly contributed to your unhappiness in your job? What kind of vibe are you projecting to your boss and coworkers? Do they sense your unhappiness and resentment? How might this impact their interactions with you?

Think about your past personnel reviews or comments your boss or peers have made about you in the past that haven’t been glowing. What personality traits, behaviors, or decisions have you made that might be negatively impacting your feelings about your job? Write these down.

Now think about what you can do to correct or change these issues. How can you change your own behavior and attitude to make things better while you are at this job? What do you need to say or do to correct any misunderstandings or bad feelings? What will you do in the next few weeks to address these?

4. What do you know?

How much do you really know about how stuck you are? Have you done thorough research on other jobs that might suit you better? Have you prepared your resume and gone on any interviews? Have you thoroughly explored other careers and what it would take to have the education and skills necessary? Have you met with people who are in jobs you would enjoy to network and gather information?

If you don’t know what else you could or should be doing, begin to do the work to find your passion. Doing this work alone will make you feel more in control and motivated for change.

Before you proclaim yourself stuck, make sure you have covered all of your bases, done your due diligence, and taken actions to move yourself forward. What are one or two actions you can take in the next few weeks to explore other job or career options?

5. How are your finances?

The primary issue holding people back from making a job change is money. You certainly don’t want to lose your job and go for a period of time without income. And many of us can’t afford to take a job that pays less than we are making now.

But if you prepare yourself financially, you allow some wiggle room to get unstuck from your unhappy job situation. You need to address debt, spending, and savings.

If you are in debt, you feel really trapped. Your very first order of business is to pay off the debt. If you’re spending more than you are making, that must stop. Sometimes when we are unhappy with our jobs and lives, we spend money to fill the void. But that is a trap that further entrenches you in despair.

Also, begin to examine your current lifestyle to see where you can cut back or how you can alter it so you can afford to have a job you enjoy. Working for the purpose of paying for things and supporting a certain lifestyle doesn’t offer happiness. If you are unhappy with your job, you can’t enjoy the lifestyle.

What can you do in the next few weeks to prepare yourself financially so that you can afford to have some choices around your career plans?

Now what will you do?

You spend more than half of your waking hours at your job. That is a huge chunk of time to devote to something you hate. It may take months or even a few years to extricate yourself, but don’t give up trying. Keep picking at possible solutions as you would a stubborn knot.

Figure out what you want, and be relentless about going after it. Yes, it may involve some short term sacrifices and life changes. It may mean sucking it up for a while as you work toward change. But just knowing you are moving forward will lighten your emotional burden and give you the momentum to find creative solutions.

 

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Why should I ask for help writing my CV?

It seems a reasonable question especially when no one should know as well as you what should go into it. But believe it or not getting help with a CV is not so much about what goes is into it as about how it is put into it.

The how is not covered in any CV template I have ever seen because this is where the essence of the applicant is brought to life and more often than not that is done by a third party. That third party should be trained to seek out the most positive and compelling elements from the text. This is the key to producing a successful CV.

However, getting help, for some people can make them feel uncomfortable especially the more modest amongst us. An experienced CV writer can turn modesty into a valuable asset such as ‘quietly spoken’ unpretentious and turning consistency into loyalty. These are valuable words to describe valuable assets but often it takes someone with experience to see their real worth

The pros and cons of humorous CV writing:

What is the best CV format? Funny can work; but only to certain kinds of employer.

“I would happily gnaw off one of my arms at the elbow just to procure a sale for your esteemed and revered company”

 “I would wash myself in the foulest smelling liquids and beat myself within an inch of my life if you could see your way to granting me an interview”

 “I will sell all my possessions and send you every penny I raise for the honour of working for your organization. What is more I would never ask for a penny in salary or indeed any remuneration whatsoever until my life was spent!”

These are just a few lines from some of the numerous, what I would call, “Outrageous” covering letters I have seen over the years many of them have made me laugh out loud. Some of these letters were so funny I couldn’t resist seeing the people who had written them, even if they had not provided us with a perfect CV. But here’s the nub; none of them lived up to their promise. By promise I mean that the humour in their letters was not matched by either intellect or charisma; disappointment was what I was usually confronted with.

So my advice is this; unless you can display an element of wit that suggests you have more to offer than just some funny words, the best CV format is to offer yourself as a benefit not a comedian. Remember what you are doing, writing to get an interview, and there needs to be an element of selling in that covering letter. If you don’t think you can sell try reading “Selling for Virgins” Ryack Press from amazon or better still get absolutecv to write it for you, it’s part of what we offer.

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Covering Letters:

Covering Letters; more important than your CV

More important than Even professionally written CV’s?

It’s true. In today’s market place the covering letter can do more for you than a CV and the reason is this:You just have to look at the Job pages in the newspapers to understand that waiting for one to be advertised that exactly suits you and your skills is a thank-less task. The ‘Sunday Times’ appointment pages are a good indicator. 80% of the positions advertised are for the Public Sector and they are only being advertised because government rules insist that they are; in truth they have already been short listed from internal sources. I know it’s not fair, but life rarely is.

So why is a covering letter so important? Because it will open the door for a speculative CV and if you are not sending out speculative CV’s you are missing out on big opportunities. If you have done your research, and you know who your target is, a good covering letter can plant the idea that ‘not seeing you’ may mean that they are missing out big time!

If you want to have an expert write a compelling covering letter specifically for you then call us; we’ll talk to you about what you might need

CVs; Computer generated or the real McCoy?

CVs; Computer generated or the real McCoy?

CV on Line; just follow the bouncing ball, put in your details,  watch the price quoted double and get the same as everyone else i.e. a  generic CV that could be interchanged with all the others the format spews out differentiating yours by your name only. It can take you as long to fill out the template as it would to write it from scratch yourself, at least it would be specific to you and your unique skills if you did.

Here are some of the kinds of banal generic phrases that a pre-programmed template generated CV will churn out:

  • I am exactly the right candidate for the position.
  • My experience gives me advantage over other candidates.
  • It is time to focus on my future career and I believe I will add value to your company.
  • I have XX year’s experience.
  • I am passionate etc………………

And so on and so on. All of these were generated by online CV website companies who advertised cheap professionally written CV’s who don’t even speak to their clients! It is worth you following one through however and see how many boxes you will need to tick, (each one racking up the advertised price), to achieve even a basic document. Don’t forget however that you will have paid well before the process starts.

Your CV needs to be the very best of you, on the page. It should unique in design, content and focus and, if well crafted, it will press all the right buttons with the reader from the first paragraph. This simply can’t be achieved by a computer generated “one size fits all” effort. Have you ever wondered what makes a best selling book so appealing? Partly it is of course the content but mainly it’s the writer and how he or she interprets the story. It’s exactly the same with a CV. Imagine starting any book and they all followed the same format. Only the names were changed and one or two other things like the setting and the dates other than that you pretty much got the same written format whether it was called Moby Dick or Harry Potter; the same phrases were used to describe certain aspects and even the same words and superlatives that had been programmed in to be used in context when a series of events triggered them.

So it is with a professionally written CV. The Author does their research (This is called talking to the client). They listen to how they express themselves, they discover what motivates them; if they are really good they find from their research what it is about the individual that makes them exceptional, and finally they get whatever that special thing is down on paper. They do all this for one reason, to compel employers to interview them. This is intelligence that no computer has come close to, it is a talent, and that can not be manufactured.

So don’t waste your money other than for idle curiosity. If you want your CV to be “Your CV” then employ a professional CV writer and if they say they “don’t need to talk to you, just send us your current CV”, expect something fairly basic. However if you want something that presents the very best of you then pay the little bit more it may or may not cost you and expect something really special.

By The way did I say the people at Absolute CV are all professional writers? So when you call them expect to be treated in a very special way. We have a reputation to uphold!

 

 

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