This section of our website will help you write a winning resume or CV that gets you in front of interviewers for the job you want.
You’ll quickly discover:
What good and bad resumes look like with our sample resumes and CVs Top tips for a first resume or CV The truth behind using resume and CV templates Good Resume Company recommendations Why NOT to tell resume CV lies Some resume and CV funnies! Sample Resumes
CVs and resumes, if done well, do exactly the same as job application forms – they get you the interview.
If done badly, it’s
Food for thought!
One internet source we found said that employers spend, on average, only
10-15 seconds on each resume and that 82-94% of applicants get rejected at CV stage.
So we timed ourselves the next time we recruited. We found that we spent, on average, 81 seconds on each sample resume before making a decision, Yes or No.
We found we read any
cover letters in full.
Generally we interview no more than 6 people for any vacancy. Based on the average number of CVs and resumes we receive for each job, that’s an 80-90% rejection rate.
You’ll have realized from this that it’s not necessarily the best candidate who is called for interview, but the one whose CV or resume
engages the interest of the interviewers.
So if you’re applying for a senior role or a job where the competition is expected to be fierce, do think about having your resume or CV professionally written.
Who Can Write A Resume Or CV For Me?
There are many companies who will write a resume for you and here are some. Otherwise ask a friend or colleague to recommend one or do your own research to find the right one for you. In our professional opinion, there really is no substitute for a professionally written CV or resume.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money and the advantages of a professionally crafted CV or resume far outweigh the costs of having one done (and if it gets you the job, the cost won’t really matter). Our sample resumes will help you see the difference.
We receive between 25-65 CVs/resumes for each of our job vacancies and only about 30% are professionally written. Those that are stand out because they:
Are easy on the eye at first glance Flow nicely and are simple to read and understand Are relevant to the advertised job Are the right length Are free from grammar and spelling mistakes
examples of good CV here and our sample resumes will help you see the difference too.
The only exception we’d make to recommending a professional resume is for entry level (e.g. trainee/apprentice) jobs or lower skilled jobs where the requirement for this level of professionalism is less. But if you can gain an advantage by doing something that no-one else does, why not, whatever job you are going for?
Can I Write The Perfect CV Or Resume?
We understand you might not want to pay for a professional CV or resume so here’s advice to help you avoid common CV and resume mistakes and write one that wins interviews:
Using Resume and CV Templates
Do a quick search of the internet and you’ll find an array of resume and CV templates, many free. But before you get carried away, read our advice on
when, and when NOT to use CV templates. And if using one is right for you, we have a free template for CV you can download.
Writing Your Resume or CV
Before you begin writing your resume or CV, read
Part 1 of our CV Writing Guide which covers general guidelines. After that, we talk a little about resume standards and layouts.
Part 2 of how to write a CV or resume which includes advice on the various CV sections you must have, how to write about your ‘achievements’ in your CV or resume and whether or not to include job references.
If you’re in a hurry, check out our
top tips for writing a resume.
Your Personal Summary or Objective
This is usually the most important section of your resume or CV and needs special attention. Read our
Resume Objective Help which tells you what to include and take a look at our 5 resume objective examples too.
Of all the mistakes we see on sample resumes and CVs, misuse of apostrophes is the most common. Read our advice on
using apostrophes so you don’t fall into this trap.
Resume and CV Lie
Many people think it’s ok to lie on their resume or CV and a lot of people do it. Read our advice about
resume and CV lies before making up your own mind.
Some Light Relief!
By now you’re due a break. Take a moment out and have a laugh at these
At the start we promised you some sample resumes and CVs so you can see what good and bad CVs and resumes look like.
Here’s the first free CV example, the good one
Here’s the second free CV example, the not-so-good one
And here’s a free sample resume template