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7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results

Book Description

Do you want to create a CV but don't know where to start? Have you been out of work for a while and need to get back on the career ladder? Are you confused by the conflicting messages of what makes a good CV? Whether you are on your first, second or tenth CV, this dynamic book provides a very simple step-by-step guide to creating a CV that gets interviews! You will learn: - How to grab the employer's attention in just 30 seconds - How to present your skills and experience for maximum impact - Common CV crimes and mistakes and how you can avoid them - The seven essential keys to a great CV - How to create a cover letter that gives your CV the edge 7 Keys to a Winning CV is packed full of good-quality, practical advice delivered in a straightforward manner. If you are new to the job market or returning after a career break or recent redundancy, this book will equip you with the tools, knowledge and confidence you need to move forward in your work life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Publishing details
  3. About the author
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
  8. The 7 Keys
    1. Key 1. Know Your Target
      1. Talk the talk
      2. Make it relevant
      3. Generic CVs do not work!
      4. Multiple interests, multiple CVs
      5. Summary
    2. Key 2. Get In Order
      1. 1. Chronological CV
      2. 2. Qualifications-based CV
      3. 3. Functional/skills-based CV
      4. What does a good CV layout look like?
      5. What about references?
      6. Summary
    3. Key 3. Engage Your Intro
      1. What you call it matters
      2. So what’s in a good intro?
      3. The good, the bad and the ugly
      4. Summary
    4. Key 4. Reveal Your Skill
      1. What exactly is a ‘skill’?
      2. Drawing out your work skills
      3. Other sources of skills
      4. How do I know which skills to put down?
      5. Presenting your skills
      6. Using job adverts and role profiles as an aid
      7. Summary
    5. Key 5. Looks Can Kill
      1. A discussion on fonts
      2. Size matters
      3. Employing visual aids
      4. Avoid unnecessary styling
      5. Allow room to breathe
      6. Be consistent
      7. The right tool for the job
      8. Where the paper matters
      9. Summary
    6. Key 6. Check It Out
      1. What’s so bad about a few typos?
      2. There is no excuse
      3. Check the spelling
      4. Use punctuation correctly
      5. Summary
    7. Key 7. Sell, Don’t Suffocate!
      1. Ditch the irrelevant info
      2. Keep it fresh
      3. The question of length
      4. Summary
    8. A Note on Cover Letters
      1. Cover letters
      2. Still in the sales business
      3. Do not make this mistake
      4. Presentation still counts
      5. Structuring your cover letter
      6. What’s in a name?
      7. Your opening statement
      8. The main body
      9. Final words
      10. Summary
    9. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Conclusion
    1. Finding your next job
    2. Sample CVs and cover letters
      1. CV sample 1
      2. CV sample 2
      3. Sample cover letter (basic)
      4. Sample cover letter (advanced)