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Are Professional CV Writing Services Worth It?

Are Professional CV Writing Services Worth It?

A curriculum vitae (CV) is an invaluable instrument in your career toolkit, it is the perfect opportunity to market yourself to potential employees, business links, to build your personal brand and to for networking opportunities. A great CV can make all the difference between being invited for an interview or not. The style of CV you choose, and its content can tell the reviewer a lot about you, so do it well and they should be inspired to meet with you. When applying for education funding you CV can get you the money you need to progress with the next step on the education ladder. Starting a business? Adding a great CV to your business plan gives investors an idea of the person behind the business, which might just give your business plan the jump start it needs. A fantastic quality CV on your Linkedin profile could prompt people to contact you about job opportunities that you might otherwise have missed, or it can simply be a great way to sell your personal brand to other likeminded ‘linked-iners’ to start you off on the road to a fantastic professional network.

There is no doubt then that a good quality CV can help you go further in your professional life. The key however, is having a good quality CV that is fit for purpose. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways you can go wrong when CV writing. Common mistakes go from poor spelling and formatting to not tailoring the CV to the position being applied for and beyond. If you aren’t confident in your CV writing capabilities and you don’t think what you produce is going to show you in your best light then there are a couple of things to consider. One, how far off a good CV are you? Do you just need a few tips and pointers or perhaps just a good format that you might be able to find a template online for? Two, you feel you need expert advice and that going it alone won’t achieve the desired results. If number two applies to you, this where you need to find help. The good news is that there are a number of professional CV writers out there who can provide you with the assistance you need.

Now there is no doubt that a great quality CV needs to project your personality so don’t think that calling in a CV writer will totally get you off the hook, it won’t. You still need to be prepared to invest the time and effort into the process that will achieve a CV that gets you noticed for you. A good CV writer will work with you to ensure that your resume is truthful, succinct and a benefit to your personal brand. It can be difficult to look at your history and pick out the relevant areas that show you are the best person for a new role and this is where a fresh pair of professional eyes can really help you. Another difficulty many people face is actually selling themselves in the first place, lots of people don’t know their own worth or feel uncomfortable about being forthright with praising themselves. If that sounds like you then a CV writer could be just the person you need to pull out all those shiny examples of how brilliant, you are. Even the basics can be lost when you are working on something that is important to you as it can be easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of ideas and forget about the details. Having a professional take the reins will ensure that sure your document is succinct, well formatted, grammar/spelling perfect and has everything the reader needs to know included.

There’s no downside to getting a CV writer in then? Well, no, obviously calling in the professionals can also hit the wallet! Weigh this up against your potential earnings or loss of earnings if you don’t have a good CV and you might decide it’s worth the initial outlay. Another potential downside is that poor CV writing services who have limited input from their clients can look generic and a generic CV simply won’t do. Avoid this by doing your research and ensuring yo get a top notch professional on your side.

Top CV Writing Tools

Top CV Writing Tools

In a future post we will be looking at ‘Are Professional CV Writing Services Worth It?’, the power of a good quality CV and how CV writers can be a great way to help you achieve your CV goals. However, not everyone needs or wants a CV writer so for those of you who are ready to go it alone and need to some help with the DIY option, this one is for you! In this post we take a look at how CV templates can be a top CV writing tool and another key player in your CV toolkit.

CV templates are a great place to start, especially if you are a novice but they aren’t all good news. The benefits of using a CV template are that you have a clear and succinct guide that you can use to ‘fill the gaps’. This means that you won’t be at too much risk of sending out a document that is formatted poorly or missing key header information. The downside however is that using a bog standard office template can look a little dull and the recruiter can end up with hundreds of CVs that all blend in to one. To get a stand out CV it is imperative that you tailor it to the purpose or field of work. If you are going for an office or secretarial job then an office template might be the perfect place to start, just make sure you add a little something of yourself. It may be a splash of colour or (basic) imagery, a good-looking table etc but it will mean that your CV stands out a little whist showing off your ability to create great looking word documents which may well be something the employer has stated on their job spec for an office role.

If you are going for a creative role or a role within a creative industry however, a Microsoft template simply won’t make the grade. Part of selling yourselves in this kind of role is showing how creative you can be and a basic template shows a lack of initiative. Use the headers to give you some inspirations by all means but consider creating the CV itself from scratch. Tools such Adobe’s Illustrator and InDesign can help to give you the edge when it comes to producing something that makes you jump of the page right into that job role. Consider colours and fonts really carefully, although you do want to show off your design skills for a creative role it is also key to remember that the main purpose of the CV is to provide the reader with key information about yourself and it won’t succeed in doing this if the content is lost within the design.

There are Video CV’s, CV websites and many other ways to present yourself so take a look around for some examples of CV’s that really shout out at you before you decide on how to proceed. Think about using a tool like Grammarly to help ensure you have the basics covered. And don’t forget, no matter how you produce your document pop it in to PDF format before you send it as it will be no use sending it if the person on the other side can’t open it!

The key to using CV templates in your CV toolkit? Tailor it to your audience!