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?

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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How to raise your profile on LinkedIn in 30 days

Just over a month ago, I had a sleepless night. I woke up at 1.30am and, try as I might, I could not get back to sleep. Finally accepting that counting white woolly, ruminant mammals was not working, I got up and turned on my PC. On a sleep-deprived whim, I decided to...

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Six inspiring quotes to ignite career mojo

  Sometimes, we all need a little inspirational pick-me-up to uncover or rediscover an inner truth. You may love or hate inspirational quotes, but the right words at the right time can give a mental boost, inspire a positive mindset, and encourage powerful action. A...

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Is your CV leaving money on the table?

Could your CV be leaving money on the table? For two pages of A4, your CV can have a surprising and lasting impact on your career prospects and earning potential. Assuming that it has done its job, and secured you an interview, there is still a chance your CV isn’t...

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