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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:

Salary & Holidays - What Brits Think They Deserve: An Interactive Infographic

Written by Andrew Arkley

Have you ever felt overworked and underpaid?

Well, judging by this infographic, you are not alone.

Across both the 12 regions of the UK and the various sectors of the UK economy, people believe they are underpaid for the job they do. On average, Brits believe they deserve a 37% pay increase.

Not only that, they believe they deserve more holiday. Eight days more holiday, to be precise. Click on the map below to find out more:


Writing a Job Acceptance Letter

Written by Andrew Arkley


Getting a job offer is great, and it’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and accept it immediately. But writing a job acceptance letter requires careful handling - particularly if you have multiple offers or want to negotiate any of the details.

Here’s our advice on what to consider before accepting a job offer, and how to nail the acceptance letter when you do.


What to Put in a CV (and What to Leave Out)

Written by Andrew Arkley


Your CV has one aim: to get you an interview. 

When deciding what to put in a CV, you should keep this aim in mind. What’s going to convince the hiring manager to see you? How can you show that you meet the company’s needs? Think strategically, and try to see your CV from the hiring manager’s perspective. 

To give you a hand, here are our top tips on how to decide what to put in a CV. 


CV Cheat Sheet: Make Your CV Stand Out: An Infographic

Written by Andrew Arkley

Cv Cheat Sheet: Make Your Cv Stand Out: An Infographic


Spring is just around the corner, so what better time to refresh your CV?

Sometimes all it takes are a few tweaks to significantly improve your chances of landing that job.

Begin by purging your CV of typos and try to include industry-specific keywords. 

Your personal statement should be short and sweet, tailored to the job you’re applying to. And make sure to ditch those clichés.

Lastly, keep it personal and showcase your work with a link to an online portfolio or blog. 


How to Write a Speculative Cover Letter

Written by Andrew Arkley


Wondering how to write a speculative cover letter?

If you’re tired of trawling through job sites and not seeing the job you want, a speculative application could be the answer. 

Speculative applications are a way of connecting with employers when they’re not advertising vacancies, and can have great results. They’re also an effective way of getting internships or work placements.

Lots of positions are filled without ever being advertised. A speculative cover letter could be your way in - but it can be difficult to get the tone right.

Here’s how to write a speculative cover letter that strikes the right balance and helps you get your foot in the door…


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