Can I send the same CV to every job application?
No, never send the same CV twice, unless the job applications are very similar. Each job you apply for will require a CV tailored to the application. So, do tailor your CV to the job, not to the industry.
Why is it advisable to have a CV professionally written, rather than try to write it myself?
From our experience it is clear that the vast majority of candidates have no idea how to write or format their CV. Most CVs we see at Premium CVs tend to fall into two categories. Either far too long-winded, or far too short with a lack of information and detail. Many have complicated formats which make them hard to read. CVs need to be written in a concise, easy to read format, with no complicated formatting.
Some candidates have come to me having had no success, having previously asked for help from a kind friend or relative. Sometimes it works, but more often than not it doesn’t. Many a time I have re-written such CVs, which have resulted in quick success!
Why do I need to read the terms?
My terms and conditions are an integral part of the process, and if they are not approved the CV process cannot continue. In fact if you read the terms, many of the questions you may have are answered there.
Some clients have asked questions, having said they have read my terms, when they actually haven’t, or at least they have only skimmed through them. The terms are there to guide the client through the process and explains what I expect of the client, and in return what they can expect from me. Ignoring or skimming through the terms, but giving approval anyway, can jeopardise the whole process and lead to complications.
I don’t have a CV – do I need one and if so can you still help?
Some career professionals will argue that you don’t need a CV. My opinion is that you do. Then you will be covered for all scenarios. Also, if you have a document CV, but the application is online, you can still use the information in your CV to copy and paste to fill in the application form. The information may require tweaking, but you have already done most of the hard work. So having a ‘document’ CV makes your life much easier, whether you are applying online or not.
If you want to ask me to create a CV from scratch, that’s absolutely fine. I will send you a form to fill in ask you for as much detail as you can. The consultation is our chance to fill in any gaps or question anything that isn’t clear.
How much does a CV cost?
The cost of a CV depends upon how much work needs to be done. If it is a simple student CV, then the cost will be minimal. Alternatively, if it is a complex CV with over 10 years of career history with multiple jobs or complex roles, then the price will reflect that and be top end.
CVs generally take me up to half a day (4 hours) to write, including consultation. If you have found another CV writer who is charging for example around half of my current rates, or less, it is probably certain that they will not be offering a comparable comprehensive service. They certainly won’t be including a CV consultation. In my opinion no CV can be written properly without meeting the expert at a CV consultation, or possibly a Skype interview. No ‘so-called’ expert can ‘read’ the candidates personality or dig deep enough with just a phone call or email.