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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 to Calm Interview Nerves: Our Top Tips

Written by Andrew Arkley


Job interviews can be daunting, but there are many things you can do to help calm interview nerves. Most of us will experience interview jitters at some point, whether it’s days beforehand or the moment you walk in the room, so we’ve put together a list of top tips to help keep your nerves in check.



How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job: Seven Top Tips

Written by Andrew Arkley


Why should I use LinkedIn to find a job? 

According to recent reports, there are now more than 500 million users of LinkedIn – and many of these are employers and recruiters looking for the perfect candidate to fill their latest vacancy. The site is used not only to advertise new positions but by those scouring for the most suitable staff, so it's definitely a tool worth using. 

To make sure you are taking full advantage of all it has to offer, have a look at our guide on how to use LinkedIn to find a job. 



Telephone Interview Tips: Our Advice for Jobseekers

Written by Andrew Arkley


Looking for some top telephone interview tips?

For some, telephone interviews may be a welcome respite from the pressure of a traditional interview. For others, the lack of face-to-face engagement may make them more of a challenge. 

Whichever camp you fall into, our telephone interview tips are designed to help you come across as well as possible and stand out from the competition. 



How To Optimise Your CV For ATS Software

Written by Andrew Arkley

How to optimise your CV for ATS software


You might be perfect for a job, but if you don't optimise your CV for an applicant tracking system, it may never get read. 

That's because many employers now use ATS software to screen candidates. The software reads a CV and gives it a score based on what it finds.

When an employer searches through the CVs, they’re shown the ones with the highest scores.

But the technology isn't perfect. Qualified applicants are missing out because their CV isn't optimised for ATS software.

So how can you beat the ATS robots and get your CV past an applicant tracking system? Let's take a look...


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. 


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