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

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4Eight potentially life-changing seconds

On average, it takes eight seconds to decide whether to continue reading a CV or to bin it. Here’s how to capture and keep the reader’s attention in those first vital moments.

At the risk of upsetting ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ director Michael Moore, I’d like to propose that anybody about to write their CV should give a tip of their hat to Tony Blair and George Bush.

In recent times, prime ministers and presidents have placed great emphasis on the impact they can make during their first 100 days in office. It’s a period of heightened interest for the media and the voters, and a good strong launch can create a positive impetus for the remainder of their term of office. The same principles apply when you’re ...

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