The CV Book: How to avoid the most common mistakes and write a winning CV (3e) : 9781292086477

The CV Book: How to avoid the most common mistakes and write a winning CV (3e)

Innes James
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Pearson United Kingdom
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The best and most up-to-date guidance available on writing and presenting the perfect CV is back in a new edition.

This is the most definitive and well-researched guide to planning, writing and presenting compelling CVs to maximise your chances of getting an interview. The guidance in this book has been tried, tested and honed to perfection. The unique content includes a chapter on avoiding the most common CV mistakes, which only a few of the very best CVs actually manage to do.

Table of contents
  • Part 1 Laying the foundations: getting the basics right 
  • 1.   Why are CVs so important? 
  • 2.   Aesthetics and presentation: looking good on paper 
  • 3.   Content and style: what to say and how to say it 
  • 4.   Structure: which type of CV is right for you? 
  • Part 2 Building your CV: section by section 
  • 5.   Personal details 
  • 6.   Professional profile 
  • 7.   Objective 
  • 8.   Education and qualifications 
  • 9.   Career history 
  • 10.   Key skills 
  • 11.   Achievements 
  • 12.   Other details 
  • 13.   Interests and activities 
  • Part 3 The 15 most common CV writing mistakes 
  • 14.   How to avoid them! 
  • Part 4 When the usual rules don’t apply … 
  • 15.   Ten solutions for ten potential problems 
  • 16.   Special cases – professions where the rules are different 
  • 17.   CVs and résumés – looking for work abroad 
  • Part 5 Tailoring your CV 
  • 18.   How to adapt your CV for every application 
  • Part 6 LinkedIn 
  • 19.   LinkedIn 
  • Part 7 Looking at the whole picture 
  • 20.   Cover letters 
  • 21.   Interviews 
  • 22.   Your new job 
  • Part 8 CV and cover letter examples and templates 
  • 23.   Twenty-one CV examples to help you write yours 
  • Part 9 My five top tips to make your CV stand out 
  • 24.   How to make your CV stand out!  
Author biography

James Innes is the Managing Director of The CV Centre, the UK’s leading CV consultancy. James founded The CV Centre in 1998 and has built the company to its current position as UK market leaders in the field of CV consultancy. James regularly delivers presentations to recent graduates and also contributes widely to newspapers and magazines in both the UK and France.