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At PurpleCV, we know how to write a CV that will maximise your chances of getting the job you want. We’ve had plenty of practice and have plenty of success stories to shout about. We’d love to share some of our knowhow with you - have a read through our various blog articles:

How Far Back Should a CV Go?

Written by Andrew Arkley


You might have a long employment history and lots of transferable skills to discuss but your CV should only be a maximum of two pages long, generally speaking.

However, you’re keen to put in as much detail as possible about your various roles so you’re left wondering “how far back should a CV go?”.

You have different options but here we discuss four approaches you could take to ensure your CV is effective and succinct, no matter how complex or extensive your work history. 


How to Find an Internship: 10 Top Tips

Written by Andrew Arkley


Internships are a great way to start a career and are becoming a more common route into paid employment in many industries.

But with so many young people now applying for each place, it's important to take the right steps to ensure you are successful in your applications.

Here are our ten top tips on how to find an internship.


Getting Back Into Work After Long Term Unemployment

Written by Andrew Arkley


Getting back into work after long term unemployment can be seem like a daunting task. Whether you took time out to raise a family, have been unwell or just haven't had much luck in the jobs market, being out of work for a while can make getting back in seem that much harder.

A long job search can be demoralising, and at times it may feel like you'll never find a job. But there are some practical steps you can take to get motivated, stay proactive and give yourself the very best chance possible.

Here's our guide to getting back into work after long term unemployment.



What Not to Put on a CV: 10 Job Application Fails

Written by Andrew Arkley


Your CV is the key to job application success - but only if you get it right. As well as knowing what to include to make yourself stand out, it's equally important to know what NOT to put on a CV.

There are certain things that are likely to earn your CV a one-way ticket to the bin. To illustrate what we mean, we've put together a list of 10 of the most epic CV fails the internet has ever seen. 


How to Ace an Interview Using Psychology

Written by Andrew Arkley


Wondering how to ace an interview?

Whilst there are no surefire solutions, there are things you can do to ingratiate yourself with the interviewer and influence their thinking.

Interviewers are people just like the rest of us, and they’re susceptible to the same cognitive biases and psychological responses. Learning how to take advantage of that could help you improve your interview technique, and consequently your chances of landing the job.

Here’s how to ace an interview using science-backed psychological principles.



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