Frequently Asked Questions

CV4.biz’s service aims to deliver you a Professional CV that will help individuals of all backgrounds realise their potential and achieve their ultimate career goals. We do this by providing you with the highest quality, tailor made Curriculum Vitae, which will maximise your chances of getting that interview.

What is a CV?

A CV is focused sales document based on the facts of you, your career and the resultant skills and competencies that you posses. It is focused on the competency and skills requirements of a job for an employer, and tells them in two or more pages why they should pick up the telephone and call you to discuss your skills further, and then arrange an interview

Does a CV differ from a Resume?

A CV – or more correctly Curriculum Vitae, derived from the Latin “Course of Life” and the Greek “I Personal Status” – is an individuals career summary, most commonly used to get a job.

In the UK and many former British colonies, the term CV applies to a most commonly 2page personal career summary. In North America and other English speaking parts of the world where the British Empire didn’t exist, then the term resume – derived from the French word résumé meaning “summary” – is used to refer to the same 2page document. In both cases form and structure are flexible, but 2pages covering your last five years of career history and your educational background are considered minimum requirements.

Most commonly at present around the globe, when the term Curriculum Vitae is used, it refers to a full documentation of the career of a medical doctor or academic. There are often set forms of such Curriculum Vitae depending on the institution that the person gained their doctorate from or are presently studying at/applying to, but I have seen Curriculum Vitae’s run to over 120pages.

OK, its confusing, particularly when we mix terms in this global world – but a CV and a resume are the same thing in reality, while a full Curriculum Vitae is focused on fully referenced academic achievement.

Why do I need a CV?

A CV and a Cover Letter are the basics of a job application. Without a CV, how do you tell an employer that you are looking for a new job or a better opportunity? Yes, you could just call them or place an advert in a newspaper, but at some point if they are interested they will ask you for a CV which then notes your skills and experiences

How long is a CV?

A CV can be as long as you want it to be – one word to one thousand pages or more. However, the most effective form and length is two pages

What does a CV contain?

A CV must contain your name and contact details – other wise, how does the employer contact you? It should contain details on your career and educational history, sufficient for the resultant skills and experiences shown to interest the employer enough to pick up the telephone and call you. The arrangement of these details can either be in chronological or skills format, or a mixture of both

What should a CV not contain?

A CV should not contain anything which gives the potential employer sufficient concern not to contact you. Further, it should not contain anything that is irrelevant or unfocused on the job you are applying for. Leave out all personal information except your name and contact details. Unless you are Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie or similarly physically stunning/work in entertainment and have hired David Bailey – no photographs

As it is a sales document, is it OK to lie on a CV?

No – never, ever, ever, lie on your or anyone else’s CV! Firstly, most employers use a checking service these days – if your are found out, that will be noted and your application instantly rejected. Secondly, when references are taken the people involved may not be in on the lie, or may just forget. And finally, it just puts extra pressure on you – in other words, the lie is more likely to expose itself as you walk you way mentally around it. For instance, most recruiters don’t care if you have a degree or not, or what it is in, or what grade you got – but lie about the fact you have a degree, and they do care about the fact that you lied

What should I do before writing my CV?

Sit down, and write out a chronological time line of your career, from your first Saturday job/paper round to the present. Then, write down the significant achievements you made in that post. Unless you are just out of school or college, forget about comments like you were nice or diligent – So What? Keep it to the main accomplishments, and the difference of value that you delivered to the employer/company. Team is OK, but be clear on what you were responsible for inside that team and how you delivered a value result. Then looking at the job advertisement, highlight the skills required, and where those are in your career chronology – only include these in your final CV

I am having trouble getting my CV under four pages. What should I do?

Information overload is typical in many CV’s, so you don’t need to put down on paper everything in every job you have ever done in your CV; the last five years/three jobs of work is sufficient. And honestly, most employers won’t care if you have kids and how old they are, that you love animals or collect beer mats; just that you are socially connected to the rest of the world and could work as part of their team

What other things should I consider in creating my CV?

With hundreds of CVs to plough through, an employer won’t initially spend more than about 30 seconds looking at each individual CV. The secret of CV4.biz’s service lies in knowing what to put in, what not to put in, and how to arrange that factual information to get your telephone ringing from employers who want to employ you

Why do I need a Professional CV?

Competition for jobs has never been greater than what it is now. With fewer jobs available on the market, shifts from the traditional skills to more modern skills means that employers can pick and choose from the “cream of the crop” when it comes to recruiting and selecting the person best suited to do a particular job.

Are there any other things to consider?

As a potential employee, you have to be prepared and able to sell yourselves more than ever before if you want to get that job. You need to research the company/organisation prior to interview to establish as much information about it as you can. You need to prepare yourself in terms of what the job entails, what you have to offer the potential employer in the way of skills, knowledge, attitude and experience and also what you expect from the new employer. Remember it is just as important for you to determine that your needs will be met from the new job as it is for the employer to establish that he/ she is selecting the best person for the job.

Why use CV4.biz?

Firstly, we are professional recruiters ourselves, so review hundreds of CV’s on a weekly basis. We focus on specific sectors, so couldn’t provide candidates with the package which comes with our professional placement services, and so started CV4.biz. We know what employers are looking for and what will get you that all-important interview. Using our services will dramatically improve your chances of being interviewed; shorten the length of time you spend looking for a job

Tell me about your people – who will write my CV?

All of our CV writers are experienced people in recruitment or HR, who are either REC or CMI qualified. You will be able to interview your CV writer before engagement, but please accept in return that delivery of your draft CV is dependent on you making a subsequent payment for the required service. Once you are engaged with a CV Writer, we don’t switch you around to another writer unless you request it.

How can I pay for the service?

Our automatic and preferred method of payment for services is Moneybookers, the cheapest way to pay for services online, and send and send and receive money worldwide. Secure and convenient, more than 12.6 million customers and 73 000 merchants worldwide use Moneybookers Ltd, a licensee of the TRUSTe Privacy Program. We choose Moneybookers for four primary reasons:

  • Universal, globally available instant payment system – no waiting for bank clearance to get your CV written
  • Universal currency converter – about a third of our clients are non-UK based
  • You don’t have to have an account or sign up to purchase items
  • But most importantly for all parties, an excellent dispute procedure which lasts internationally for a minimum of 90days
  • Accepting the processing fees are high with PayPal for all parties, it does provide great service guarantees for all and backs up our ethical approach

    Do you provide a guarantee?

    All of our services contain a customer satisfaction guarantee within a defined period, see our Services page for appropriate details. If you take our Professional CV writing service, then we provide a guarantee of one interview in three job applications, or we keep working with you until you get your first interview

    How do I contact you?

    Either eMail us info@cv4.biz or call us on 0844 884 2825

    One last thought….

    There really is no substitute for taking advantage of in-depth professional experience and expertise. A CV is often all a prospective employer has to judge you on, so creating a powerful first impression is absolutely vital. CV4.biz will ensure you will stand out from the crowd, and give you the very best possible chance of getting the job you want. Whether you’ve set your sights on changing companies, winning promotion, or simply regaining employment, with our market-leading position in this field we are confident that our assistance will maximise your chances of getting the job you deserve

    What our clients say

    CV4.biz have given me invaluable advice and support on the whole recruitment process. They listened and understood my needs immediately and then devised a job hunting strategy to put me in front of the right employers. They also redesigned and fine tuned my CV to make the most of my skills and experience. Using their Silver service, they advised me on the entire job application process including help to perfect interview techniques. With CV4.biz’s help and encouragement I secured new employment after attending only two interviews. I cannot recommend CV4.biz highly enough – Thank You!

    Toni, Media and Web Marketing

    I have received my CV and I’m absolutely delighted, thank you very much. I’m impressed at how you can fit and focus so much relevant information into two pages. It was well worth the price. Many thanks

    Ron, Construction

    I submitted my CV for a post listed on TheLadders.co.uk. They give a free CV critique, as part of their CV writing services. The critique came back and I quote, “I hate to say this but your CV is PERFECT. I wouldn’t change a thing”

    Steve, Sales

    I am amazed with the result my new CV has had, which included getting me an interview with a job I had previously been rejected for. Thank You!

    Jayne, Finance & HR Administrator

    Thank you – I’m so impressed with my new CV! It conveys all my personal qualities, skills and achievements in a concise and professional way. I now have the confidence that I will get the job I desire

    Martin, Media Creative

    When you’re in your early forties and faced with the need to change what you’re doing it can be quite daunting. I found the process to be straight forward and far easier than I had expected, and am very pleased with the result. During my working life I have never needed to produce a CV, I now recognise to be competitive with other candidates you need a CV that has impact and substance.

    Paul, Finance Director

    I thought I knew how to sell myself – how wrong was I! Thank you for a brilliant new CV and Cover Letter which has now secured me a new role for more money than my old job. I would definitely recommend your service to everyone that I know!

    Charles, Account Director

    Thanks for an excellent CV and service, I am now enjoying my new job. When initially asking a simple question like what do I write in my personal statement gets such a great answer as “I am, I do/deliver, my career now develops,” I knew I had found a true professional. That seemed such a simple but that basic formula, it will be very helpful to me in the future.

    Laura, Management Consultant

    I am writing to thank you for your professional approach. Although successful in business, I realise now that a professional CV makes all the difference to gaining a job, however impressive my previous achievements are. I now have both a focused initial CV and a referenced and structured portfolio to back up my career achievements, which with a dynamic approach resultantly helped me to secure a number of interviews.

    Graham, Divisional Managing Director

    I really appreciate your detail eMail explanation which answered almost all my questions, which were cleared up with a quick telephone conversation. I’m looking forward to my new job now, and am honoured to be part of the CV4.biz success story.

    Mustafa, IT Systems Engineer

    You are angels! My CV was been turned from a four page long and rambling life story to a job winning document – yes, I am now employed. I have no hesitation in recommending your services

    Barbara, HR Professional

    From two interviews in 6months to two interviews in 6days, you were right in that both my CV and my approach just wasn’t working.  Simple changes, easily executed with your support, the result of a job speaks for itself. Thanks for the answer to my life and for my family.

    Glenn, Group Accountant

    The free CV Review was excellent and made me realise that I needed to do something drastic to improve my CV as I hadn’t received any interviews for weeks!

    Wendy, Customer Services Manager

    Having investigated other similar services, I was hesitant and skeptical to say the least. Following my telephone consultation, I realised how much I had actually achieved during my career, and why CV4.biz have an insiders edge on creating a winning CV. The result is I am now employed, and on a better salary and earning package – Thank you!

    Roger, Company Secretary

    I learnt the hard way, and was “penny wise and pound foolish.” As a six figure executive I found a CV typing service online – and that’s what I got. The CV I received was barely better than the one I created myself. In addition, the person working on my CV didn’t appear to have had practical real world business experience herself. She couldn’t relate my career to the types of executive positions I was seeking, much less help me adequately prepare for the interviews. Ian is the consummate professional

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    I am writing to thank you for your professional approach. Although successful in business, I realise now that a professional CV makes all the difference to gaining a job, however impressive my previous achievements are. I now have both a focused initial CV and a referenced and structured portfolio to back up my career achievements, which with a dynamic approach resultantly helped me to secure a number of interviews.
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