On the Blog: CV Writing Tips & Advice

To improve your job search, CV, and LinkedIn profile

Welcome to Giraffe CVs’ blog. Each week I share new tips and strategies to help you to ace your job search and elevate your career. If you prefer your tips in podcast form, head on over to iTunes and subscribe to The CV Confidence Coach podcast. If you enjoy the podcast, please leave me a review!

How to Write Bullet-Proof CV Bullets

Imagine you are a recruiter picking up the 30th CV in a pile. Your eyes are confronted with a page of paragraphs, a mass of impenetrable words. Are you going to take the time to study and read the CV? Or are you going to move on to the next CV, hoping it’s more...

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A 5-Step Magic Formula for a Perfect CV Profile

I’m sorry; I tricked you: there is no magic formula for the perfect CV profile. A strong profile is as individual as you are and as unique as the opportunity you are pursuing. Your profile’s job is to show how your experience, skills, and approach can meet the needs...

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Work Experience: Fairy Dust for Your Career

Over the past year, I've come to think about work experience in a whole new light. Until 2017, my work experience (for work experience’s sake) consisted of a one-week school-arranged placement at a local newspaper in Gravesend. It was my only experience of going...

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Five easy-to-action tips to raise your CV game

Image courtesy of OhhhKaye If your job search is a little slow, it could be that your CV needs a little more oomph to catch the reader’s attention. Here are five easy-to-action tips that you can implement right away, positioning your CV for the ‘Yes, must call’ pile....

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Formatting Your CV for the ATS

The first set of ‘eyes’ on your CV may not always be human. I’m not being rude about recruiters. I’m talking technology. Technology is transforming the recruitment process, making it quicker and easier for recruiters to identify the best candidates for open positions....

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Informational Interviews: A ‘How to’ Guide

When you are considering a career change, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the unknown quantity of what may lie ahead. You may be attracted to a particular career path or industry, but feel hesitant about committing to the journey when you are uncertain about the...

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Ultimate Guide: CV Punctuation and Grammar

A recent survey from Match.com reported that while 71% of the 5,000 single respondents were judging potential dates on their teeth, 69% were fretting about their grammar. Dating or not, your punctuation and grammar can invite a positive or negative first impression,...

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Should you upload your CV to LinkedIn?

Browsing LinkedIn, I’ve noticed some LinkedIn members who feature their CV as a downloadable file on their profile. Some have uploaded it as a media element under their Summary, and others under Publications. I do advocate adding rich media on LinkedIn to brighten...

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How Biscuits Can Improve Your CV

Biscuits can help all sorts of situations, from tough negotiations through to revision sessions. They bring a comfort factor to the trickiest of scenarios, geeing people up and helping them through. Writing your CV is no exception. A biscuit or two (in moderation) can...

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40 Career and Life Lessons from a New 40-Year-Old

I’m almost 40! How did that happen? I’m not crying yet, though some people have warned me it’s a possibility. Instead, I’m quite excited about hitting the big 4-0, and feel now, more than ever before, that I’ve hit my stride. Life is exciting, and I’m ready to grasp...

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How to Proofread Your CV

When you’ve finally finished writing your CV, the desire to ship it out and be done with it can be overwhelming. I get it - you’ve spent so long looking at your screen that you can’t contemplate looking at it anymore. With glazed eyes and a tired mind, you can think...

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Keep Your CV Real by Keeping Your Language Real 

When you are writing your CV, there are plenty of tried-and-tested language guidelines to follow, ensuring you produce a career document that meets expectations and delivers results. These range from minimising adverbs and avoiding clichés to starting bullets with...

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How to customise your LinkedIn address

Your public LinkedIn URL is the address you can share to direct others to your LinkedIn profile. It can be found underneath your profile picture in Edit Profile mode. Unless you customise the URL, LinkedIn will present a default address with your name followed by...

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