Looking for a new job? Want a career change? Returning to work after a career break? You need a CV that’s going to open doors for you.

And that's exactly what Caversham CV Writing will give you.

I’m a qualified human resources professional with 15 years of industry recruitment experience. Over the years I’ve screened thousands of CVs, and I know exactly what employers are looking for.

Whether you want your current CV redesigned, or need me to write it from scratch, I can help. Take a look at my packages here.  I can even write your LinkedIn profile and cover letters.

Laura

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There are many reasons why you could be looking for a new CV ( e.g. you are looking for a step up the career ladder, want a career change or are returning to work after a career break) and a CV writer (e.g. you just don’t have the time to write it yourself or know where to start).

Where do you start in looking for a CV writing service?

If you type your search into Google, you will be faced with numerous results as many companies and individuals offer CV writing services. Ask yourself the following questions to help you decide if they are what you are looking for and to find the perfect professional CV writer for you.

Can I speak with the CV writer prior to purchasing their services?

This is really important as your CV is a key document in your job search and you need to find the right CV writer for you.

• Do they have experience in writing CVs for your role, your industry, your level?
• Can they address your specific job search criteria?
• Are they personable?
• Do you trust them?
• Do you gel with them?
• Do they charge a price within your budget?

If you purchase a CV writing service by clicking on a “Pay Now” button on a website, without asking yourself all of this, you cannot be certain what level of service you will receive. It doesn’t matter what the cost is (some professional CV writers charge £25 for a total rewrite or a review, others £100’s for a new CV or a total package which includes CV, LinkedIn and cover letter) – what is important is being able to talk to the person who will be writing your CV so you can ask all the questions you want to ensure you choose the right person/company for you.

Does the CV writer offer a consultation?

This could be a call or face to face meeting of varying duration. It is a good option as the writer can draw out all the information, experience, achievements and examples they need to write your CV. You can ask any questions you might have on the CV writing process, your job search etc. You can also treat it as preparation for an interview as you will be getting used to talking about yourself and drawing on relevant, strong examples.

Is the CV writing service / CV writer near me?

Location is important if you decide meeting face to face with the CV writer is important to you. However, many CV writing services offer options on how consultations are held – other than face to face, they could be by phone or video. Some offer differing services to fit in with your time, working hours, location and preference.
Some looking for CV help do not wish to have a consultation at all and there are CV companies that will write your CV without meeting or talking to you, perhaps by sending you a template or form to complete or by reformatting / reworking your existing CV. I would recommend a consultation as per the previous section, but the choice is yours!

Should I use an experienced CV writing service or a clerical service?

There is the option to send your CV to someone who will reformat it / type it up. If this is what you are looking for, great! However, strong CV writers know and keep up to date with how to market you with key words, how to beat Applicant Tracking Systems, key things to avoid / include etc.

I highly recommend using Google and personal recommendations in your search for a CV writer. Review their websites and call the ones that offer the CV services you want. Have a list of questions you want to ask and get a feel for the one you think will work best with you on your next step on your journey.

What to consider when looking for a CV writer

Laura quickly grasped the context of my job roles in the public sector and I was reassured that she asked lots of follow up questions by email in order to present relevant and accurate details about my career so far. Asking me to send Job Descriptions for the sort of job I was looking for meant that my final CV was pitched appropriately and used industry specific language. Really pleased with the final document, thanks!

My CV was pitched appropriately

FAQs

What does ‘CV’ even mean?

Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a Latin expression and can be loosely translated as “course of life”. More commonly outside of the UK, CVs are referred to as résumés, French for “summary”.

What does a CV need to include?

Your CV is the story of your life/career and it is your marketing tool, selling yourself to potential employers. It’s a snapshot of who you are, clearly outlining your career.

How long should my CV be?

Ideally it will be 1-2 A4 pages and should include your career history/work experience, education/training/qualifications and contact details.

Why do I need a CV writer?

It can be hard to be objective when writing about yourself. It’s also time consuming. That is where the role of a CV writer comes in. A good CV will open doors for you and help you find the job that you really want.

What happens when I work with you?

After you book and pay for your package, I’ll get in touch to arrange a consultation and discuss the next steps.

My first job will be to find out about you, your past and where you want to go. I do this via a detailed form which, combined with meeting you, enables me to gather all the information I need.

I’ll then write your CV, presenting your relevant skills and qualities clearly, highlighting how they are key to the jobs you are targeting.

What will my CV look like?

At the top of your CV will be a professional, engaging profile that tells the employer that you are the one for the job.

I’ll use key words that match your ideal job profile, ensuring your CV is picked up in the recruitment process, either by the human eye or by Applicant Tracking Software.

I’ll make sure your CV creates a great first impression of you, paying meticulous attention to grammar, spelling and presentation, ensuring your CV is set out in a logical manner and easy to read.

What kind of CVs have you written?

I’ve written CVs for virtually every industry. Here’s a taste of some of the roles I have written CVs for:

Administrator

Barrister

Business Analyst

Business Development Manager

Care Worker

Civil Engineer

Customer Service Manager

Director / Business Owner

Director, Charity

Graduate

Groundworker

Headteacher

HR Consultant

HR Director

IT Asset Manager

IT Manager

IT Support Manager

Marketing Manager

Police Sergeant

Preschool Supervisor

Project Manager

Retail Store Manager

Sales Account Manager

Sales Director

Sales Support

School Leaver

Secretary

Security Manager

Solicitor

Teacher

Test Analyst

Training Manager

Transport Manager

Undergraduate

University Lecturer