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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 tell if an interview went well (or badly): 6 tell-tale signs

Written by Andrew Arkley

how to tell if an interview went well

Wondering how to tell if an interview went well?

Waiting to hear whether you’ve got the job can be a nerve-wracking period, so recognising the signs of a good interview might put you at ease. 

Conversely, recognising signs an interview went badly should allow you to reflect, prepare yourself for possible rejection, and encourage you to continue seeking new opportunities.

Obviously you want to believe you’ve nailed the interview and bagged the job, but try to take a step back and see objectively from an outsider’s perspective.

Here’s some classic signs an interview went well or badly.


How To Follow Up After An Interview: A Complete Guide

Written by Andrew Arkley

Follow up after an interview


So you’ve made it through your job interview- that means that the hard part is over, you’ve done all you can and now you just need to wait, right? 

Not quite, there’s still one thing left to do before you can sit back on your haunches - write a follow-up email. 

Your follow-up email is a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd and leave a positive impression with the interviewer, and could be considered an important step in the application process.

This can be tricky to do professionally, so here’s our guide on how to write a follow-up email that will show you in a great light.


How To Ask For A Pay Rise: A Comprehensive Guide

Written by Andrew Arkley

How to ask for a pay rise


Money can be an awkward topic for us Brits, with many of us quite happy to brush financial matters under the carpet. 

But what if you work hard, meet all your objectives and still your salary doesn’t match your importance to your company? 

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone - Glassdoor found that of people who quit their job in 2018, 45% of them stated salary as the issue


Brexit and Jobs: The UK job market after leaving the EU

Written by Andrew Arkley

Brexit and jobs


Now the UK has left the EU, if you're currently seeking a job you likely have many questions about the effect of Brexit on your job search and prospects.

There’s still uncertainty surrounding the true impact of Brexit on nearly everything, and the UK job market is no different - with different sources suggesting opposing views of Brexit and jobs. 

On one hand, last year in 2019 the Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated an average employment rate of 76.1% between May-July 2019, the joint-highest on record since 1970.


How to Get an Internship Abroad

Written by Andrew Arkley


Ok, so you want to know how to get an internship abroad? Perhaps you're a student or recent graduate looking to gain some experience and expand your cultural horizons beyond the UK border.

Doing an internship abroad can be a daunting process - but that doesn’t mean you should rule it out!

It’s your opportunity to learn, experience a new culture and who knows? You might just fall in love with the place.


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