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    • paulfoel
    • By paulfoel 10th May 11, 8:12 PM
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    CV writing services - Any good?
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    • 10th May 11, 8:12 PM
    CV writing services - Any good? 10th May 11 at 8:12 PM
    Some seem cheap and some expensive but there are so many...

    Is it even worth bothering? If so, which one?
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    • alex80
    • By alex80 28th Sep 17, 1:24 PM
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    You can find great CV's online. I stole my curriculum vitae from an Birmingham software developer (from his site I came across on Bing) who quite frankly has an amazing CV with an excellent list of skills and personal statement.

    Actually, I don't think I've ever made my own curriculum vitae from scratch. I stole my previous CV from a 4rd year student studying digital media.

    Complete madness paying $100-200 for someone to write it for you. How can you even be sure they are doing it themselves? They may steal the content online as I've been doing. Give your money to charity if your so inclined on spending that amount.

    You can write a CV just as good as those services perhaps even better, if you took the time and thought about what you need to write. (it's ironic me saying that since I steal my CV's but some things are better plagiarised).
    • zx81
    • By zx81 30th Oct 17, 9:59 AM
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    If we removed the spam from this thread, we could probably fit what's left onto the back of a postage stamp.
    • trillium17
    • By trillium17 30th Dec 17, 6:23 PM
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    Back in europe I remeber having hired Vanessa Gayle as she is a certified CV writer. she was helpful and the CV pretty but... it could not pass any scanning system. the document was very nice but totally unreadable to any recruitment database, so a recruiter told me months after if i have a pro, I expect this person to know it...
    • Samsung_Note2
    • By Samsung_Note2 30th Dec 17, 6:38 PM
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    Did anyone actually come up with a CV writer who is half decent and doesn't cost the earth.
    If my appalling spelling offends you that much...dont read my posts.
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 20th Jan 18, 10:11 PM
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    Spam will get deleted even faster from this forum if people are stupid enough to put referral codes in as well......

    Any 'recommendations' for paid services from brand new members of this forum are likely to get deleted. Don't say I didn't warn you!
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    • Samsung_Note2
    • By Samsung_Note2 21st Jan 18, 10:40 AM
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    Spam will get deleted even faster from this forum if people are stupid enough to put referral codes in as well......

    Any 'recommendations' for paid services from brand new members of this forum are likely to get deleted. Don't say I didn't warn you!
    Originally posted by jobbingmusician

    Do you have any recommendations for a half decent CV writing service that doesn't cost the earth and does what it says on the tin.

    Must get mine done and my template from Google CV is just shocking lol
    If my appalling spelling offends you that much...dont read my posts.
    • theroamingnomad
    • By theroamingnomad 21st Jan 18, 2:08 PM
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    I've gotten suggestions from others and their CVs online. I have also spoken with services and found their advice to be pretty good - never paid for it though.
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    • Samsung_Note2
    • By Samsung_Note2 21st Jan 18, 6:17 PM
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    I've gotten suggestions from others and their CVs online. I have also spoken with services and found their advice to be pretty good - never paid for it though.
    Originally posted by theroamingnomad

    Just thinking a professional would be able to put something together much better than a simpleton like me..

    Was looking at a local recruitment agency who had someone in the office offer a CV writing service,wasn't much money (£35 ish if memory serves me) and thought they might be worth a shot.

    Typically know cant remember the damn name.
    If my appalling spelling offends you that much...dont read my posts.
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 21st Jan 18, 6:33 PM
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    Do you have any recommendations for a half decent CV writing service that doesn't cost the earth and does what it says on the tin.

    Must get mine done and my template from Google CV is just shocking lol
    Originally posted by Samsung_Note2
    Nope, cos I've always done my own. I did google 'free cv service' though, and some of those looked good. (I might include the word 'UK' as some previous searches have brought up quite American looking presentations.)
    I'm the Board Guide on the Matched Betting; Referrers and Jobseeking & Training boards. I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge posts there. Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com.

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    • Butterfliesarepretty
    • By Butterfliesarepretty 16th Feb 18, 8:35 AM
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    Hi, Ive been altering my cv, only got two interviews in four weeks, so feeling a little disappointed as its format has always got me interviews before, titles are bold and underlined and its two pages in length. I cant shorten it any further. Ive just copied and pasted it here without too much personal detail.

    Do I need to re-hash it. Im in finance. Thanks for the suggestions.



    Personal Profile
    A loyal and career-focused individual with 32 years experience providing administrative assistance across various professional organisations. I am interested in part time work up to 25 hours on a permanent basis. Immediately available.

    Key Skills
    Exceptional communication skills both written, verbal and proficient in all office software Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as Oracle, Navision, Sage 200 and Sage 50, Glovia and SAP.

    Employment History

    24th July 2017 - 24th January 2018
    Kommerling UK Ltd, Walton Summit, Preston
    Finance Assistant
    This was a part time role I enjoyed through an agency and a possibility of permanency. The duty involved the processing of purchase order and purchase ledger invoices onto SAP. Payment queries, statements and general office duties, scanning, filing and covering reception when needed.

    26th September 2016 – 12th May 2017
    St Mary's College, Shear Brow, Blackburn
    Finance Assistant
    A temporary part time role through an agency. I managed nursery invoices and childcare voucher payments, filing, opening and distributing post.
    Answering telephone queries regarding payments and entering journals onto the Sage system. Helping students with any queries in the finance office.

    4th January 2016 – July 2016
    Jost UK Ltd, Nelson Street, Bolton,
    Purchase Ledger Administrator
    A very busy accounts team, my role was matching purchase order invoices and coding general ledger invoices and processing them on Glovia. Post duties. Organising payment runs.
    Allocating payments and distributing invoices for signature to factory managers.
    Using Barclays BIB to send payments and sending remittances.

    17th March 2014 – 31st December 2015
    Footasylum Limited, Sandbrook House, Sandbrook Park, Rochdale
    Accounts Administrator
    Matching stock sheets with invoices from Nike, Adidas, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss. Resale and overhead invoice batches to import onto the bank for payment every day. Filing, repaying debit notes and bacs payments.
    Post duties and queries. Organising head office and warehouse stationery/general supplies, ordering shop fittings for new stores. Intrastat invoices, statement reconciliation.

    2nd December 2013 – 17th March 2014
    Unemployed.


    7th October 2013 – 2nd December 2013
    Airpure International Ltd, Bury
    Purchase Order Administrator
    Placing purchase orders and invoices on Sage to China for Airpure candles and fragrances to be produced for shops in the UK.
    Ensuring shipments details and updates are input to Sage.

    29th July 2013 – 27th August 2013
    Isoqar Limited, Trafford
    Certification Officer – Certification Department
    Completing checklists based upon the results of audit reports submitted by the auditors and passing these to the technical team to check before sending the client a certificate for passing the audit. Post duties and using Sage.

    February 2009 – 26th July 2013
    Serco Group Plc, Manchester Road, Bolton
    Finance Case Worker – Escalations Team Child Support Agency
    Managing 30 CSA cases each week and completing account and arrears breakdowns on confidential cases and negotiating debt recovery with non-resident parents. Constantly achieving targets.
    Implementing deduction of earnings orders through the clients employer.

    30 April 2008 – February 2009
    Took voluntary redundancy from Steria on BT Terms and Conditions.

    July 2002 – 30 April 2008
    Steria UK Ltd (Outsourcing) Manchester
    Support Services Administrator – British Telecom Contract/My Travel Contract
    Taking calls inbound and ensuring all enquiries were dealt with. Maintenance of Oracle databases. Processing hotel invoices and scanning them into oracle.

    May 1986 – July 2002
    British Telecommunications Plc, London Road, Manchester
    Clerical assistant – Working in several departments over the years.
    Purchase ledger, batching and matching invoices, general office duties.

    Education
    1996 - Hopwood Hall College, Rochdale
    GCSE Mathematics
    1992 - Wigan College of Technology
    GCSE English
    1984 - Bury College, Bury
    RSA Typewriting Stage II, RSA English Stage I
    1983 - Coney Green High School, Radcliffe
    RSA Typewriting Stage I (Distinction)

    Interests
    I enjoy walking ,cycling and socialising. I enjoy camping and holidays abroad and my hobbies are gardening and maintaining my classic car. I have one daughter who is studying psychology at Manchester University.

    References Available and On Request
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    Temp Worker

    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 16th Feb 18, 10:38 AM
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    The Google Digital Garage in King Street Manchester is offering free sessions in building Cvs and writing covering letters.
    • stclair
    • By stclair 27th Feb 18, 8:48 PM
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    stclair
    The Google Digital Garage in King Street Manchester is offering free sessions in building Cvs and writing covering letters.
    Originally posted by pmduk
    I've just signed up for this so I'll go see what it's about.

    I'm considering using a CV writing service.
    Im an ex employee RBS Group
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    • indianabones
    • By indianabones 27th Feb 18, 9:46 PM
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    I decided to take the jump and use a CV company. I did have to pay a ton but I thought their recommendations from all sorts of people on LinkedIn was worth the risk.

    Prior to using them my CV was ok, but they highlighed some key issues, firstly I was focusing far too much on the technical skills rather than allround skills and I also waffled a bit. The new CV they made came through after a week and several calls/emails between us.

    With my old CV I would be lucky to get 3/4 calls or emails a month. I've used the new CV fir 3 months and I'm still getting bombarded with calls and emails. 3 emails and 2 calls today alone and this is a quiet day.

    The new CV doesn't look that special, in fact it's probably less fancy to look at now than before. However it's been effective and that's all I care about.
    • stclair
    • By stclair 27th Feb 18, 10:01 PM
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    I decided to take the jump and use a CV company. I did have to pay a ton but I thought their recommendations from all sorts of people on LinkedIn was worth the risk.

    Prior to using them my CV was ok, but they highlighed some key issues, firstly I was focusing far too much on the technical skills rather than allround skills and I also waffled a bit. The new CV they made came through after a week and several calls/emails between us.

    With my old CV I would be lucky to get 3/4 calls or emails a month. I've used the new CV fir 3 months and I'm still getting bombarded with calls and emails. 3 emails and 2 calls today alone and this is a quiet day.

    The new CV doesn't look that special, in fact it's probably less fancy to look at now than before. However it's been effective and that's all I care about.
    Originally posted by indianabones
    That's good to hear the issue I'm having is I've worked for the same company 15 years. I bullet pointed everything I've done and I ended up with over 70 bullet points lol

    Plus I would like to ensure my cvs ATS readable. Which company did you use?
    Last edited by stclair; 27-02-2018 at 10:23 PM.
    Im an ex employee RBS Group
    However Any Opinion Given On MSE Is Strictly My Own
    • stclair
    • By stclair 2nd Mar 18, 9:52 PM
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    I was wondering has anyone ever used purple CV before? Wondered what people experienced are with them.
    Im an ex employee RBS Group
    However Any Opinion Given On MSE Is Strictly My Own
    • jabirsheikh
    • By jabirsheikh 21st Apr 18, 12:38 PM
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    Also looking for cheap service... Can anyone help me??
    • Ja7188
    • By Ja7188 21st Apr 18, 2:26 PM
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    Also looking for cheap service... Can anyone help me??
    Use a quality service - not a cheap one. It's a small price to pay given the increased interest you should receive.
    • mpincho
    • By mpincho 18th Jun 18, 6:44 PM
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    Sprint CV - IT CV generator
    If you are an IT professional.

    You can try Sprint CV .com
    You will be guided through a step by step wizard that will ask to insert all the details of your professional experience.

    From there you will be able to generate your IT CV in docx in multiple templates used by the industry/big clients. The best part is that your CV will be always up to date, because the system recalculates in a automated way the number of years/months all your IT experience per technology, industry and/or roles.

    Good luck
    Last edited by mpincho; 18-06-2018 at 6:45 PM. Reason: wrong title
    • Ivan_is_Happy
    • By Ivan_is_Happy 9th Aug 18, 11:35 AM
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    I've made my CV with Immigrant School. It costed me £30 and was done in 2 days. I liked it cause they were very efficient and focused. I sent them my CV and they came back to me to book a call. They called very well prepared, with a long list of questions regarding my work experience. The whole conversation lasted around half an hour and made me think very deeply on my career. After 2 days, they sent me the CV, together with some specific recommendations from their HR expert. Since then, I applied for jobs and received many calls and emails from recruiters.

    The best part is that I could talk on the phone in my native language, and they understood all the cultural and systemic differences between my country and UK. Believe me, it's a pain to understand what's the educational equivalent of what you studied back home or which of your experiences is considered an achievement in the UK.
    • nicechap
    • By nicechap 9th Aug 18, 12:52 PM
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    You have amazingly good written English, using correct form of it is contracted and shortening because very naturally. I!!!8217;m surprised you need someone else to write your cv, though I suspect you are really trying to advertise your own company.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” - George Carlin
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