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High Impact CVs: 52 brilliant ideas for making your résumé sensational

Book Description

Recruiters spend on average 8 seconds reading a CV before they decide whether to continue, so a hard-hitting CV is the first crucial step in getting onto the shortlist. In High impact CVs recruitment specialist John Middleton helps determined applicants make a brilliant first impression, and deals with everything from handling CV skeletons to writing a winning covering letter. It is aimed at anyone with career ambitions – from first jobbers to senior managers looking for new challenges.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Brilliant features
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. Dream a little dream
  8. 2. Remember, remember
  9. 3. How long do I have?
  10. 4. Eight potentially life-changing seconds
  11. 5. Me in a nutshell
  12. 6. What’s your type?
  13. 7. D.I.Y.C.V.
  14. 8. Cut to the chase
  15. 9. Throw another log on the file
  16. 10. Learn to speak ‘behaviourese’
  17. 11. Reading the runes
  18. 12.What am I letting myself in for?
  19. 13.Ditch the dodgy dossier
  20. 14. Numbers count
  21. 15. Be an achiever
  22. 16. Write with panache
  23. 17.The seven deadly CV sins
  24. 18. Looks can kill
  25. 19. Two CVs are better than one
  26. 20. How to deal with the skeletons in your CV
  27. 21. Another skeleton, another cupboard: redundancy
  28. 22. Selling a one-company career
  29. 23. Take the CAR
  30. 24. Corporate prehistory
  31. 25. Show some oomph
  32. 26. Act your age
  33. 27. Bob versus Robert
  34. 28. I’m keen on ping-pong, playing the ukulele and going to the theatre
  35. 29. Set the right tone
  36. 30. Apply yourself
  37. 31. Surfing CVs
  38. 32. Transatlantic issues
  39. 33. Please find attached…
  40. 34. Bring me the head of Johnny Recruiter
  41. 35. Time to shed some pounds?
  42. 36. Reference points
  43. 37. Is it convenient to talk?
  44. 38. Bend the facts a little
  45. 39. Detox your CV
  46. 40. Is your CV fitter than you?
  47. 41. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours
  48. 42. Quality versus quantity
  49. 43. Networking
  50. 44. Perfect your personal elevator pitch
  51. 45. Dealing with specialist recruiters
  52. 46. Handling interviews
  53. 47. Handling rejection
  54. 48. Avoiding the poisoned chalice
  55. 49. Manage the brand called You
  56. 50. Do you even need a CV at all?
  57. 51. Treat your CV as a vade mecum
  58. 52. One last thing (20 actually)
  59. Bonus ideas
  60. The End