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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:

The Best and Worst Times to Apply for a Job: An Infographic

Written by Andrew Arkley

The Best and Worst Times to Apply for a Job: An Infographic

There are few things as soul-destroying as applying for jobs and getting knocked back.
Your career is a huge part of your life, so give yourself the best possible chance to land the best possible job. And that means knowing when to apply.
Picking the right time to send your CV out can increase your chances massively. See our guide below:



How to Refresh Your CV in 7 Simple Steps

Written by Andrew Arkley


The new year is traditionally a time for new starts, and setting goals for the year ahead. This may be why January is the most popular month for job changes.

If you’re thinking about changing jobs, one of the first steps you should take is to make sure your CV is up to scratch.

Your CV will most likely be your first chance to impress hiring managers - so it needs to showcase your skills, experience and qualifications to best effect.

So before you throw yourself into your job search, dust the cobwebs off your CV and give it a makeover.



How to Tailor Your CV to the Job Description

Written by Andrew Arkley

Tailor your CV to the job description

If you’ve spent any time looking for jobs, you’ll probably have encountered the advice that you should tailor your CV to the job description of each individual role you apply for.

When it comes to CVs, one size does not fit all. Employers want to see how your skills and experience match the specific role they’ve advertised.

Tailoring your CV will show employers you’re a serious candidate, and that you really want to work for them. Most recruiters will be able to spot a generic CV a mile off.

We’ve put together a few tips to help you tailor your CV to the job description...



10 Mistakes That Make Your CV Look Unprofessional

Written by Andrew Arkley


You might be the most impressively-qualified candidate out there, but if your CV doesn’t make the grade, you’re unlikely to get far in your job search.

Most of us know that an impactful CV full of useful, relevant information is essential to a successful job search.

But as well as all the good stuff you should include, there are certain CV pitfalls you should avoid at all costs.

Sometimes, a single mistake is all it takes to put recruiters off your CV. Fortunately, most of these mistakes are easily avoided.


Little White Lies: Are They Ever OK on Your CV?

Written by Andrew Arkley


Have you ever been tempted to embellish your CV to make yourself appear more highly qualified, skilled or experienced?

You’re not alone.

Research shows that around a third of people exaggerate their academic qualifications when applying for jobs.

That’s quite a significant percentage. If so many people are doing it, it can’t be that bad, can it?

Well, not only is it dishonest, it’s also fraud - which is illegal.

We’re not fans of lying or illegality, and we’re firm believers that honesty is the best policy. But if you still need convincing, here are some prime reasons NOT to lie on your CV:



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