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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:

CV Secrets: What Recruiters are Really Looking For

Written by Andrew Arkley

CV Secrets: What Recruiters are Really Looking For

Your CV is your first opportunity to impress recruiters. And, as careers websites are only too fond of telling us, recruiters spend on average only a minute or two looking at a CV before deciding whether to progress the candidate’s application.

If you want to avoid being relegated to the ‘no’ pile, it’s vital to make sure your CV hits all the right buttons and includes the stuff that’s going to get you noticed.

A quick Google search will yield an overwhelming amount of information about what’s important on a CV. But don’t worry – we’ve done the hard work for you. Here we reveal what recruiters are really looking for when they glance over your CV.

 

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How to Use Social Media to Boost your Job Hunt

Written by Andrew Arkley

How to Use Social Media to Boost your Job Hunt

Over the last few years social media has become a significant presence in our lives. Most of us use it on a daily basis to chat to friends and share information and photographs.

But as well as being an excellent platform for sharing pictures of cats, it can also be a powerful tool for job hunting.

The recent explosion of social networking sites and apps makes it easier than ever to connect to potential employers and find job opportunities.

Websites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook can vastly widen your search and allow you to communicate with recruiters in innovative new ways.

If you want to sidestep overcrowded jobs websites and connect directly with employers, these networks may be the way forward. We'll show you how to use social media to boost your job hunt.

 

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6 Ways to Stay Positive While Job Hunting

Written by Andrew Arkley

Ways to Stay Positive While Job Hunting

 

We’ve all been there: day after day spent filling in job applications, an inbox full of polite rejections, the odd interview if you’re lucky.

Chances are most of us will go through a long, drawn-out job search at some point in our lives. It’s easy to become disheartened and lose motivation when it feels like you aren’t getting anywhere.

Staying positive is the key to pushing through those tough times and landing yourself a job. Not only will it make you feel better, you’ll also come across more enthusiastic in interviews if you have a positive attitude.

Here are six ways to stay positive while job hunting…

 

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9 Top Tips for Writing a Career Change CV

Written by Andrew Arkley

Tips for Writing a Career Change CV

 

Writing a CV can be difficult at the best of times. When you’re changing career, it can be even more challenging.

Most of us will go through a career change at some point in our lives. This may be the result of long-held aspirations or the discovery of a new dream. Or it may be for financial or logistical reasons.

Whatever your reasons for changing career, you’re going to need a killer CV. These nine tips will help you impress potential employers and score your dream job.

 

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4 Steps to Writing a Cover Letter That Makes You Stand Out

Written by Andrew Arkley

 writing a cover letter that makes you stand out

 

A cover letter is your first chance to impress an employer.

It’s your shot at showing what makes you great and for a lot of jobs it’s a necessity.

Now, we’ve already discussed the importance of them but how do you go about writing one that makes you sparkle and will convince the employer to progress you through to the next stage?

We’ve put together four steps to writing a cover letter that makes you stand out.

 

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