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!

Should you drop your career back story?

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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Photo on your UK CV? Yes or no?

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

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

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

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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Curriculum Vitae of the CV

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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Evolving your CV as you evolve

Evolving your CV as you evolve

Last month, I received an email from someone I had worked with five years ago, back in 2010. The individual requested a CV update service, and I was happy to oblige. At the first contact, I suspected that using the word ‘update’ was simplifying the situation, and I...

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Nine things that take less than nine seconds

Nine things that take less than nine seconds

Last week, our friends at Find Share Connect shared some sound and actionable CV advice on Facebook as part of their #CVSpringClean. Alan and Dan rounded up the day by reminding followers that 8.8 seconds is the time it takes for a person to look at your CV. This fact...

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The Easter Bunny’s guide to CV eggxcellence

The Easter Bunny’s guide to CV eggxcellence

This week, I was lucky enough to touch base with the Easter Bunny as he bounced by on what is undoubtedly his busiest week of the year. I took the hopportunity to ask the long-eared, cotton-tailed chocolatier about his top CV tips. It’s always insightful to hear from...

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Dos and don’ts of dates on your CV

Dos and don’ts of dates on your CV

Behind the marketing message of your CV, there is always an element of a timeline, requiring you to remember and present a series of dates.  Dates can make or break a CV, and further or diminish your suitability as judged by a recruiter.  Here are some handy dos and...

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