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CV Writing Blog

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 Speculative Cover Letter: A Complete Guide

Written by Andrew Arkley

Speculative cover letter


Wondering how to write a speculative cover letter?

A speculative CV with an accompanying cover letter is a way of connecting with employers when they’re not advertising vacancies. Speculative applications can have great results, and can also be an effective way of getting internships or work placements.

Lots of positions are filled without ever being advertised, and a speculative letter could be your way in.

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


First Day at Work: How to Make the Right Impression

Written by Andrew Arkley

First Day At Work People Meeting

Congratulations! You’ve nailed the CV, impressed at interview, and are about to begin your new job.

Amazing, right? 

Yes – for sure – but there’s no denying your first day of work at a new company can be nerve wracking.

Whether it’s a first job, a change of career direction, or you’re building on your previous professional experience, there’s always going to be a lot to get your head around on day one.

Don’t panic, though. The Purple CV team are here to help ease you into your first day of work with our guide to getting it right.

Read on for some of the tips our staff and clients have found useful when starting a new job.


Common interview questions and how to answer them - our top 10

Written by Andrew Arkley

Job interviews can be daunting due to their unpredictability.

Much of their difficulty comes from the need to improvise answers to questions on the spot.

Perfect answers which cast you in a golden light and convince the employer you are absolutely the right person for the job are hard to come up with on the spot.



What type of CV is right for you? Our guide

Written by Andrew Arkley


One of the first questions our CV writing experts will consider on assessing your needs is what type of CV is right for you?

Even if you know the required components of a good CV, there isn’t a one-size-fits all solution. Each candidate, and every job application needs a bespoke resumé.

We’re not just talking about including or excluding specific details. We’re talking about the actual format and layout of your CV.

In this blog, we’ll cover the three most common CV types: functional (skills-based), chronological and combined – as well as a few more outside-the-box options.

Read on to find out what type of CV is right for you.



Test your vocabulary with PurpleCV's new online quiz

Written by Andrew Arkley


Wordsmith wannabes, listen up! 2019’s newest additions to the Oxford English Dictionary have been announced and we've got a test for you...


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