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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 Make Gaps In Your CV Work For You

Written by Andrew Arkley


Lots of us will take a break at some point in our career. It may be to go travelling, have children, take a well-earned rest or it may simply be a period of unemployment.

Gaps in employment have a bit of a bad rep. It’s a commonly-held belief that employers will see them as negative.

This isn’t necessarily the case. With the volatility of today’s job market employers are used to seeing higher instances of job-hopping - and the gaps that come in between.

It’s also becoming more and more common to take time off from work for enriching experiences like travelling.

If you’ve got gaps in your CV, don’t worry. It’s important to tell the truth at every stage of the hiring process, but with the right angle you can make the gaps in your CV work for you.



What is ATS Software, and What Does it Mean For Your CV?

Written by Andrew Arkley


If you’re a job seeker, you’re probably tired of hearing that recruiters only spend a few seconds scanning your CV before deciding whether to progress your application.

Whilst this is often true, increasingly there’s a chance that your CV may not even make it that far.

More and more companies are using ATS software to scan applications and reject the majority before the prized few make it through to be seen by human eyes.



5 Creative Ways to Make Your CV Stand Out

Written by Andrew Arkley

Creative ways to make your CV stand out

Sick of applying for jobs and hearing nothing back? With hiring managers sifting through dozens, if not hundreds, of applications for each job advertised, your CV needs to have a real ‘wow’ factor to get noticed.

According to research by National Citizen Service, half of employers spend less than six seconds looking at a CV. That gives you six seconds to grab and hold their attention. But how do you do it?

Here are five creative ways to make your CV stand out.



How to Really Sell Yourself in Your Personal Statement

Written by Andrew Arkley


The personal statement is often considered the most challenging part of a CV to write.

The perfect personal statement should succinctly communicate your best and most relevant qualities, skills and experience, whilst giving the reader an idea of who you are.

It should draw attention to the best parts of your CV and perhaps offer information you’ve left out elsewhere.

A well-written personal statement is a great way to add impact to your CV. Our guide explains how to really sell yourself in your personal statement.



7 Signs It's Time to Find a New Job

Written by Andrew Arkley

signs it's time to find a new job


Most of us have fantasised about leaving our jobs at some point in our careers. Our fantasies may range from the outlandish – like quitting a job in IT to become a professional falconer – to the practical, like getting a job that pays better.

Whatever our aspirations, we’re not alone. LinkedIn reported that whilst 25% of its 313 million members were actively looking for a job, 60% were ‘passive’ jobseekers – people who are not necessarily looking for a job, but would move if the right offer came along.

Despite this, many of us feel comfortable in the routine of a familiar job, and fear change and uncertainty. Staying in a job we're unsatisfied with seems preferable to facing the big, scary unknown.

It can sometimes be difficult to leave a job, even if we find it dull and uninspiring. If you’re having trouble deciding whether it’s time to find a new job, look out for these seven signs. 


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