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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 Write A Good CV: A Comprehensive Guide

Written by Andrew Arkley

our CV is your ticket to your next job interview - but only if you get it right! 

When looking at your CV, employers want to see a document that proves why you’re the perfect candidate for the job. They want to see what it is that will make you fit in better at their company than all the other applicants.

According to research by National Citizen Service, half of employers spend less than six seconds looking at a CV. That gives you six seconds to grab and hold their attention. But how do you do it?

If you want to avoid being relegated to the ‘no’ pile, it’s vital to make sure your CV contains all the important CV components, and includes the stuff that’s going to get you noticed above the competition.

To help you out, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide that explains exactly what sections and content to include in a CV, and what features will make you stand out from the competition. 

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Work-Life Balance Tips: How to Reduce Stress and Stay Healthy

Written by Andrew Arkley

 

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10th October, and the theme this year is mental health in the workplace. To show our support, we’re sharing some of our best work-life balance tips.

One in six of us experiences a mental health problem in any given week, and increased working hours and work-related stress are often contributing factors.

A key way to protect against this detrimental effect is to make sure you have a healthy balance between work and your personal life. The following work-life balance tips should help you achieve that.

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How to Find a Job: 6 Important Lessons

Written by Andrew Arkley

 

Every job search is different - there’s no magic formula for how to find a job. However, there are steps you can take to give yourself the best possible chance.

We all know the obvious ones: write a solid CV, tailor each job application specifically for the role, and prepare carefully before interviews.

But with the job market becoming increasingly competitive, it’s important to make yourself stand out. 

Here are six important lessons to help kickstart your job search.

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How to Prepare for an Interview: Practice Makes Perfect

Written by Andrew Arkley

 

As anyone who’s ever searched for a job will know, if you want to succeed, you need to know how to prepare for an interview.

Alongside researching the company thoroughly, the most effective thing you can do to prepare is practise, practise, practise.

The more you’ve practised, the more comfortable and confident you’ll feel. And one of the best ways to practise is to set up and conduct a mock interview.

Here’s how to prepare for an interview by doing a mock, in six easy steps.

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Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

Written by Andrew Arkley

Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

 

It’s all very well answering them, but many people fall down when it comes to thinking up questions to ask in a job interview.

You already know that it’s a good idea to thoroughly practice answers to common interview questions, and when the interviewer asks the inevitable ‘do you have any questions for me?’ you should be just as prepared.

Remember, this part of the interview is your opportunity to demonstrate your research, knowledge and interest in the company and gauge whether it’s right for you.

By not having pre prepared questions to ask the interviewer, you can appear disinterested and underprepared. Getting it right, however, will help you end on a positive note and differentiate yourself from other candidates. 

Without further ado, here are some of the best questions to ask in a job interview.

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