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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
- Does a CV differ from a Resume
- Why do I need a CV?
- How long is a CV?
- What does a CV contain?
- What should a CV not contain?
- As it is a sales document, is it OK to lie on a CV?
- What should I do before writing my CV?
- I am having trouble getting my CV under four pages. What should I do?
- What other things should I consider in creating my CV?
- Why do I need a professional CV?
- Are there any other things to consider?
- Why use CV4.biz?
- Tell me about your people – Who will write my CV?
- How can I pay for the service?
- Do you provide a guarantee?
- How do I contact you?
- One last thought….
- see what our happy clients say….
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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”
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.
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
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
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
Nancy, National Consulting Firm