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Brilliant CV: What Employers Want to See and How to Write it (Brilliant Business) [Paperback]

Dr Jim Bright , Joanne Earl
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16 Dec 2010 Brilliant Business

When you apply for a job, your CV is compared to hundreds of others. You've only got the time it takes the employer to scan the pages to show how brilliant you are. How do you impress them when you don't know what employers are actually looking for? This book tells you what they want to read - and how to write it.

This bestselling guide is based on research among employers and recruiters, revealing what they look for and how the recruitment industry operates, and will show you:

  • how to put together a brilliant CV from scratch
  • how to revamp an existing CV to make it brilliant
  • examples and explanations of CVs that employers love and those they loathe
  • how to address tricky CV questions

Updated and refreshed to include new examples, techniques and innovative ways to write highly effective content, this guide ensure you know what works in the real world.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (16 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273744011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273744016
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Bright is the managing partner of bright and associates. He has an international reputation as a career development professional based on his award winning innovative career development research, best-selling career development books and his entertaining and informative speaking and training.

Jim has over 20 years of experience in psychology and career development. Born in Royal Leamington Spa, he was educated at Trinity School and the University of Nottingham. He has a BA(Hons) and a PhD in psychology. He has published over 300 books,chapters journal and newspaper articles, tests and reports.

Jim regularly gives Keynotes and workshops around the world, and regularly visits the UK to work and speak. His latest book (his tenth) is The Chaos Theory of Careers.

He is a fellow of both the Australian Psychological Society and the Career Development Association of Australia and is a past national chairperson of the College of Organisational Psychologists. He holds Australia's first specifically-named professorial appointment in career development at ACU.

Jim writes the brightside column every week for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age newspapers.

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How do you get your CV to the top of the pile?

When you apply for a job, your CV is compared to hundreds of others. You've only got the time it takes the employer to scan the pages to show how brilliant you are. How do you impress them when you don't know what employers are actually looking for? Brilliant CV tells you what they want and how to write it.   Find out what works in the real world and learn how to put it into practice through examples, exercises, samples and templates.

 

BRILLIANT OUTCOMES

·        Learn how to write CVs that make the shortlist

·        Understand what employers love and loathe

·        Revamp your existing CV with minimum effort

 

About the Author

Jim Bright is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Jim is British, but has lived and worked in Australia for many years. He is the author of Should I Stay or Should I Go, also published by Prentice Hall Business.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Did get me the job! 9 Oct 2012
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I used this book a while back when applying for a job. It helped me to completely overhaul my CV- and I did get the job. The book takes you through the process, step by step, looking at how to work out what the employers are looking for- and then at how to make sure you give it to them. It is suitable for people starting their CV from scratch or those looking to update and refresh it.There were several things in the book I had never really thought about before, such as the authors' way of using short stories to illustrate competencies (also highly relevant for job interviews).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 17 Oct 2011
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I was looking for wok a while ago and found this book really useful. It gave all sorts of information about what to put in and what not to put in to CVs and also lots on the importance of covering letters. It also gave some good stuff on how to answer difficult interview questions, which was helpful too. I have now got a new job so the book and study that I did must have helped somewhere.....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book I recommend on CV writing 3 Dec 2012
By R. Reed
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Sadly, the Perfect CV doesn't exist.

If you talk to 100 different people, you will get 100 different opinions. I have worked as a headhunter for 15 years. I have seen literally thousands of CVs. And I have read at least 10 books on how to write a CV. Even so, I can guarantee that if I were to write your CV in what I believe to be the most effective format, you could probably find several people who told you they thought it was rubbish and needed complete re-writing (hence no doubt some of the poor reviews of this book).

The obsession that job hunters have with crafting the perfect CV stems, I think, from the hope that they can make a 'magic bullet' which, on its own, will be sufficient to open doors, win interviews and bag a job. Unfortunately there has been plenty of research conducted to show that CV submissions alone lead to a job in less than 1% of cases.

CVs in fact play a relatively minor role in the overall job hunt; there are far more important things you could be doing to find a job than endlessly polishing your CV. The covering letter, for example, is in many ways more important for new graduates; and networking is more important for more experienced job seekers. And yet... And yet...

Whilst a great CV will not be sufficient to get you a job, unfortunately a poor CV will be enough to kill your job application. There are some pretty basic things you can do to improve your chances.

So that's why I recommend job seekers I meet to read this book. I first read it in 2008, along with 10 other books on how to write a CV and/or how to find a job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 25 Oct 2013
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Read few other books. Find it easy to read more focus on common problems which arose during the CV writing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Will not get you the job 20 Oct 2011
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Now I'm not an expert on CV writing but the one thing I was always told is that a CV should not a longer than two pages. This to me is why a CV is so hard to write as you try and condense a lifetime of work and study down to two A4 pages. In this book no mention of this basic advice, and you are given various CV examples which are 3 to 4 pages long!

Buy "You're Hired" by Corinne Mills who actually knows what she's talking about and mentions that a CV should be no longer than two pages and gives good CV examples.
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