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 up-level your All-Star LinkedIn profile

Reaching ‘All-Star’ status on LinkedIn does warrant a moment of reflection and satisfaction at what you have achieved. However, don’t rest on your laurels too long, you may get left behind. This week’s blog shares four tips to take your LinkedIn profile from All-Star...

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A Career Change Story

This week, I interviewed someone very close to me about her career change. I’m delighted to share her answers, along with some points to take-away, and I hope these will inspire you on your career change journey. What career are you changing from and to, and why?...

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Phew, it delivered! My son’s first careers day

Careers education and my son – two of my favourite things. I can’t describe my excitement when the two collided for the first time recently. An email announced the forthcoming Applied Learning Day, a whole school day off timetable to focus on careers and work-related...

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Is it time to jump your sinking ship?

The odd colleague leaving for pastures new is one thing, but a pattern of leaving cards, collections, and updated LinkedIn profiles can leave you feeling depressed and uncertain about your future. When one departure seems to trigger the next, you may be left wondering...

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Grab your 2016 career planner here!

For me, this week between Christmas and New Year is glorious. It's a time to let the mind be free of everything that has been weighing it down, allowing new thoughts and possibilities to emerge from the hustle and bustle of preoccupation. Having enjoyed a much-needed...

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It’s a Cracker!

Just for some fun, Caroline has based this week’s blog is based around work-related sketches and jokes that we’ve come across recently. Some things are better left unsaid Do you have a job that provokes clichéd or rude comments? Or, perhaps a job that seems to give...

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Are you rocking your here and now?

Are you downplaying your professional status on your CV? Are you reluctant to shout your current job title from the rooftops, maybe feeling it is just a little ‘too much’? When you have only recently secured the next rung of your career ladder, it’s normal to feel a...

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Four lessons from my worst job ever

I’m sure we’ve all had them. The jobs that stick in our minds as being the ‘worst ever’ long after receiving our P45. Bad feeling can develop for any number of reasons – an intense atmosphere, a bully in the workplace, we may feel underpaid or overworked, or just...

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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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