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!

Googled yourself recently? Like what you found?

I caught a television news interview with an anti-doping expert this week and, whilst her words and delivery were convincing, my attention strayed to the background behind her. I got the impression she was filming herself from her own computer, sat at her desk with a...

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Five types of word you should never use on your CV

Although words aren’t the only ingredient you’ll use to create your CV, let’s face it, without them it is just a blank sheet of paper. Words are pretty important in this context and your choice of words plays a huge role in making your CV either weak or wow. What’s...

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Am I the right CV writer for you?

Am I the right CV writer for you? Well, I could tell you all about me, but this process is really about you. It’s about your hopes for the future, and about the mindset and tools you need to take you there. So let’s talk about you. If this resonates and you recognise...

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Create a spellbinding cover letter this Halloween

The prospect of writing a targeted cover letter for an advertised role can strike fear in the heart of the innocent job seeker, causing real angst about where to begin, what to write, and how to impress. It can be the stuff of nightmares, evoking blood-curdling...

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Should you drop your career back story?

Everyone has a back story, right? But, does the recruiter or hiring manager need to read about it on your CV? It depends. When you are starting out, your CV will be made up of any experience you can lay your hands on. This initial experience is the foundation you...

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Second chance careers. Are you taking yours?

In 2015, change is the new black. It seems to me that nowadays we are continually evolving ourselves, building and morphing our interests, our skills, and our lives. The person you were yesterday doesn’t necessarily define the person you are today, and a new adventure...

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Photo on your UK CV? Yes or no?

I would estimate that one in every 20 CVs I review features a photo of the subject. These CVs are often from new or recent graduates, and picture them wearing a full mortar board and gown. I can see the logic – after all nothing says ‘graduate’ like the iconic mortar...

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Seven tips to bring back job search mojo

Are you a jobseeker who has lost the thrill of the chase and who is having a serious case of the motivational wobbles? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us at one stage or another. Even if you pride yourself on being an ambitious, go-getting, and determined type...

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Why your CV and LinkedIn profile MUST tally

Would someone who decides to search for you on LinkedIn, having read your CV, be able to quickly identify your profile from the search results? Once they have clicked through, would they be clear and confident that the profile relates to one and the same person...

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Three ways to use Google Alerts in your job search

Google Alerts is a handy, free, and powerful tool that can make a big difference to your job search. Quick to set up, and easy to use, Google Alerts can keep you informed of emerging news in relevant areas, sending updates straight to your inbox. Knowledge is power....

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Three LinkedIn character counts you need to know

Did you know that LinkedIn allocates specific character counts to its profile fields? A character constitutes any letter, number, symbol, element of punctuation, or space used on your profile, and LinkedIn has pre-determined the maximum number allowed for each field....

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Curriculum Vitae of the CV

As a CV writer, I am naturally interested in the history of the CV, and loved reading the National Career Service’s infographic on the evolution of the CV from its early origins in 1482 to its present day. Taking the theme further, I wanted to add a little more depth...

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Colour and your CV

Colour can deliver an instant and powerful message about your self-perceived qualities and evoke a lasting memory of your personal brand. Yet colour is often underrated in the job search. Oscar Wilde said, “Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite...

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