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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:

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.



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.



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.


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:


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. 


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