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:
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:
At Purple CV, we believe your CV is as unique as you are.
That said, there are some words and phrases that seem to crop up on CVs a little too often.
Are you a ‘hardworking team player’? Or perhaps you’re ‘dynamic and results driven’? Turns out quite a lot of people are...
We conducted a survey of 2,000 job seekers to see which phrases appeared on CVs the most. The results were striking - we’ve put together an infographic to highlight some of the most overused CV clichés.
Gaps in a CV have a bit of a bad rep. It’s a commonly-held belief that employers will see them as negative.
However, there’s plenty of valid reasons why you might have an employment gap in your CV.
It may be that you’ve been travelling, taken time off for family reasons, needed rest due to physical or mental illness, or it may simply have been a period of unemployment whilst seeking a job.
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 effectively explain gaps on your CV to employers.
Being self-employed is a dream come true for many people. You get to be your own boss, make your own rules and build on your passion.
And it’s becoming more and more common. Around 16% of the UK’s workforce is now self-employed.
However, being your own boss isn’t always a bed of roses. It can be isolating, stressful and financially unstable.
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.
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