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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 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.



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.



5 Things You Absolutely Must Include on Your CV

Written by Andrew Arkley


Your CV is an opportunity to showcase your skills, talents and expertise to a potential employer, so it’s vital you get it right.

It will usually be the first point of contact a potential employer has with you, and they’ll probably only spend seconds looking at it.

To stand a chance of scoring an interview, you need to reel them in and make them want to see more. You need to highlight the most important information in a clear and succinct way.

Whilst the rules of CV writing aren’t set in stone, there are certain things every CV should include.



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…



How to Present a CV: the Essentials

Written by Andrew Arkley

How to present a CV

Working out how to present a CV is something worth devoting a good amount of time to, to give you the best chance of securing an interview.

Most job applicants will spend the vast majority of their time focusing on the content and selling their skills in the most convincing and interesting way possible – and rightly so.

After all, employers will be looking for the candidate they feel will be the best fit for the role, but poor CV presentation is one of the quickest ways to ensure that your application ends up in the bin.

We’re not saying though that you should be trying to come up with the most original presentation style anyone’s ever seen – definitely not.

In fact that could be risky and may undermine the whole CV, acting as another way to fast-track the whole application towards the scrapheap.

We’re saying that it’s vital to get the basics right, strike the right tone for the employer and make the CV feel professional by eradicating any errors.

So without further ado, here’s how to present a CV – and how not to.



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