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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 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...


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 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.


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. 


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. 


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