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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 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.


Why you should apply for an apprenticeship in 2020: 11 Reasons

Written by Andrew Arkley

why you should apply for an apprenticeship


Considering alternatives to further study but not sure why you should apply for an apprenticeship? We’ve got eleven great reasons right here. 

An apprenticeship is a paid work placement at a company, with an emphasis on training and learning on the job. 

But far from just being a method to gain a qualification which will eventually lead to a job, apprenticeships have tonnes of other benefits that you just don’t get with a university degree. 

Without further ado, here’s 11 great benefits of doing an apprenticeship:


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.


Using LinkedIn for job searching: How social media profiles can help you find employment

Written by Andrew Arkley


Using LinkedIn for job searching: How social media profiles can help you find employment 

Social media sites have soared in popularity over the last decade, with platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn proving useful not only for keeping in touch with friends, but for job searching and employment opportunities too. 

While many of us login to our profiles on a daily basis to check in with friends or share life events, social media, and in particular LinkedIn, can be an incredibly powerful tool for job hunting. 


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.


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