best CV resources

The Best CV Resources

The Best CV Resources We Could Find!

 

If you’re looking for a one-size fits all “how to write a CV” article, then think again. Just as everyone is unique, CVs vary. Some of us will be writing a very qualification heavy CV. Others will be facing the challenge of trying to fit in 40 years experience into a page or two. We all have our own uniqueness that we are trying to express. This is why it makes sense to consult a number of sources to create what is the best CV for us.

Here, we have put together links to a selection of useful and informative information on how to write your CV, without being too overwhelming. It is a curation of the best CV resources out there. However, if you come across an article that would be useful to include here, then please do email us and let us know.

Do you need a CV or a resume?

 

Do you know the difference? What should be on your CV and what should be on a resume? We assume that resume is American and CV is UK, but that’s not always the case. Here are some insight into the differences:

https://zety.com/blog/cv-vs-resume-difference#:~:text=The%20Difference%20In%20a%20Nutshell,summarizes%20skills%20and%20work%20experience.

https://purplecv.co.uk/blog/28-the-difference-between-a-resume-and-a-cv.html

https://novoresume.com/career-blog/cv-vs-resume-what-is-the-difference 

Also, how do you convert your CV into a resume:

https://jobs.telegraph.co.uk/article/converting-your-cv-into-a-resume/?s=7

 

What should be on your CV?

 

I particularly like this first one’s advice on listing every software package you’ve used. This is something we often forget. Here are some ideas on things you can include on your CV to impress.

https://www.monster.co.uk/career-advice/article/what-are-the-basic-elements-of-a-cv

https://zety.com/blog/what-to-include-in-a-cv

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/how-to-write-a-cv

This article addresses some of the language you should be using:

https://www.cvplaza.com/cv-basics/cv-power-words/

 

How can you make your CV stand out?

 

This piece talks about the STAR model, something to bear in mind for every application:

https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/six-ways-to-make-your-cv-stand-out-from-the-crowd/

https://purplecv.co.uk/blog/84-5-creative-ways-to-make-your-cv-stand-out.html

If you are creative, here are some examples that will definitely catch a recruiter’s eye. Do think about whether something funky is appropriate or whether more traditional is the safer bet. Many recruiters say they prefer something plain and traditional. However, occasionally something more creative may be called for. 

 

What should go in a personal statement?

 

A personal statement is often used at the start of a CV. It sums up who you are and what you are looking for. Here are some example of different personal statements for different occasions:

Writing a personal statement for each job sounds like a lot of work, but these articles explain how:

https://jobs.theguardian.com/article/what-to-include-in-your-cv-personal-statement/

https://www.michaelpage.co.uk/advice/career-advice/cover-letter-and-cv-advice/cv-personal-profile-how-write-yours

The importance of including keywords

 

Yet another vitally important thing to consider:

https://www.cv-library.co.uk/career-advice/cv/how-use-keywords-cv/

https://www.topcv.co.uk/career-advice/best-keywords-to-use-in-cv

 
If we’ve missed a great resource, please do let us know and we will do our best to include it.