CV Writing – Going From Good To Great

CV writing is one of the key services I offer here at Best Write. Virtually everyone will, at some stage in their life and career, need to have their CV ready to present to someone. In the majority of cases this will be for a job application.

I have made my CV writing services as cheap and affordable as I possibly can. The purpose of this is to support and help people who need assistance with their CV as far as I am able to. As part of my commitment to being supportive, here’s a guide to what turns a good CV into a great one.

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My CV Writing Experience

 

If I’m planning on giving CV advice then it’s fair to ask about the position I’m writing from.

Over the years I’ve been seemingly continually involved with CVs. This is in respect of both writing and reading them. I have created CVs for both myself and others. They have enabled me and the people I have written them for to secure interviews for jobs.

I’ve also been in a position where I hire people. This has been at several types of companies, ranging from small businesses to international corporate. A major part of this role is reading and reviewing CVs from applicants.

This level of experience has given me a great deal of knowledge and insight into what makes for great CV writing.

 

What Should A CV Do?

 

A well written CV should get you a foot in the door for the job you want. It’s important to note that it would not normally get you the job on its own.

Think of your CV as your advertisement. It’s being looked at by people in the market for the skills you have. Just like all good advertising, to make sure they notice you it must stand out from the crowd.

A great CV is one which is honest, easy to read, relevant to a job application and no longer than two pages in length. Let’s have a look at some specific parts to consider in CV writing.

 

Personal Details

 

In this day and age we all know the importance of keeping some information private. With this in mind you should never include details such as your bank account or National Insurance number in your CV.

The personal details on your CV should give your name, address and contact details. Always be sure to use a telephone number and email address that you have regular access to. If you are rarely at home during the normal 9 – 5 office hours then rather list your mobile telephone number.

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Education vs Experience

 

One of the most frequently asked questions about CV writing is what to list first. Some believe it should be in chronological order, listing your education experience followed by work experience. Others think that work experience should come after your personal details. Both are correct. Let’s look at this in some more detail.

Understanding whether to list your education or experience first relies on you understanding the job advert you are answering. Look carefully at the wording for the job, in particular the expected requirements. If their emphasis is on educational qualifications then this should take the priority on your CV. When an advertiser uses words like “experienced” in their advert then giving priority to work experience would be appropriate.

Both versions of a CV are correct. The likelihood of success is dependent on what the potential employer has specified in their advertisement. One approach is to simply have two different versions of your CV. You can submit the one which has an outline that follows the given job requirements.

 

 Keep It Simple And Relevant

 

Earlier in this article I said that a CV should be no more than two pages long. There are a number of reasons for this.

Firstly, if the person reading your CV doesn’t see a reason to call you for an interview in the first two pages then they are not going to read the third. Keeping it to two pages also makes sure you keep the content relevant.

Is this easy to do? No! But it can be achieved.

Quite a few of us have valuable work experience that could fill several pages. You need to edit this down to the most important points. The best way to do this is to make a list of all your duties and responsibilities in the job role. Review the list – see which points can be combined and determine which are the most significant.

Ideally your CV should list four or five key points about a job you had. These points should be as relevant as possible to the position you are applying for.

A similar approach should be taken with your educational record. Provide the name of the school or institution attended, as well as the dates. Give the top subjects you qualified in, as well as the grade or qualification received.

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Achievements

 

Remember when I said that CV writing is creating your own advert? This is a section where you can really sell yourself to a potential employer.

If there’s something you are proud of then make sure it’s here. It could be something significant you achieved at school or at work. Any volunteer or community contributions you have made should also be included.

The education and employment section of your CV tell a potential employer about what you can do. This section can tell them what kind of person you are. It’s a valuable part of your CV.

 

About Me

 

This section follows on from the above. Most employers don’t want to hire someone on skill and ability alone – they want to be sure they’re a good fit for the existing team. In this section you can help convince them that you are.

Most people find this aspect of CV writing tricky as they’re not 100% sure what to write. It is quite difficult. A golden rule would be to avoid anything generic. Saying that you enjoy watching television or reading makes you one of millions of people who do the same. Rather look at using phrases such as enjoying going to the theatre or cinemas, spending time with family and friends, travel and exploring and so forth.

I’ve always used this section as the “ice breaker” for the interview. Chatting to a potential employee about something they are passionate about helps them be more comfortable in an interview scenario.

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The One Golden Rule Of CV Writing

 

If there’s one rule which always must be followed it is be honest. A dear friend once told me “if you always tell the truth then you never have to think about what you said”.

There is a temptation to embellish or exaggerate details on a CV. You need to resist this. If you use a lie to catch a job then it will not be too long before that lie catches you out.

 

Why Use Me For CV Writing?

 

I am aware of the fact that some may use this guide to create their own CV. This would be at the expense of using my Best Write CV writing services. If that’s you, then I sincerely hope this helps. Please take the time to send me a message through the contact page to let me know how it was of assistance to you.

For most, however, CV writing can be tough. It is a big ask to write all about your own details. That’s why I am here to help. My skills, knowledge and experience can give you a strong CV to apply for jobs with. As part of my service I will help you identify the key points to highlight on your CV. Let what I do give you the best chance possible.

If you’d like me to help then please get in touch via the contact page. I am looking forward to helping you!

 

 

 

Web Content for News and Information Sites

Web Content vs Newspaper Content

Producing web content for news and information sites is similar to writing for a newspaper. In both instances you need to produce accurate and relevant information which readers are looking for. Presenting the information in a short and easy to understand way is vital. The main difference between a news article on the web and in a newspaper is the way in which the audience comes to find and read it.

In general terms newspapers usually have a fixed audience. People tend to remain loyal to a newspaper they particularly like. This is not quite the case online, where people have a wider range of choice. Many web users use search engines to find the news they want to read, with Google being the most popular. This means web content must have a strong SEO (Search engine optimised) value.

My Web Content Work

A very great deal of the web content work I have delivered over the years has been for news and information sites. I’ve added a clear understanding of effective SEO techniques to my skills and experience as a journalist. I produce well written web content which achieves great results with both search engine indexes and the target audience.

The most recent example of this is an article I wrote for the Middlesbrough Events website. This community driven site provides people with news and information about important events happening in the area. A major concert is happening in the area soon. The owner of the site asked me to produce an information piece about it.

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It is with good reason that I have used a screenshot of the article above. Copying or repeating web content across different sites has a negative effect on the SEO value. This is one of the primary reasons why it’s important to get professional writing services to deliver your web content requirements.

The original article can be found by following this link. Please note that the community site is funded by third party advertising, and I cannot be held responsible for the content which appears.  Many of you will have spotted the formatting error in the above. I have alerted the webmaster and hopefully he will get it fixed!

Why Choose Best Write For Web Content?

I’ve had some fantastic feedback on the above article. Quite a few people have commented that the first sentence is a great hook. It’s always great to get that kind of feedback!

To borrow a journalists’ phrase, the who, what, why, where and when of the story are covered in this article. Doing this means that the reader gets all the information they require. The article has a clear call to action, encouraging people to attend the event.

If this is the high standard of web content you are looking for then I am looking forward to providing it. Please get it touch via the contact page.

Welcome!

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I’m looking forward to being of service to you. Whether you need personal or professional writing services I am here to deliver. My work is of the highest standard, and is always priced in a fair way.