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Ultimate CV: Trade secrets from a recruitment insider [Paperback]

Rowan Manahan
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Book Description

4 Feb 2010

So, after much careful, painstaking research you are finally ready to take yourself, and your wealth of experience and qualifications, to the job of your dreams. The first opportunity you'll have to present yourself is through your CV. So you'd better get it right...

Ultimate CV tells you exactly what you need to know to write a selling CV. Recruitment expert Rowan Manahan offers insider knowledge on what does and does not impress and guidance on how to turn the basic essentials of your CV into a successful presentation. In clear-cut language this book tells you:

- What to include and what to avoid

- How to steer clear of easy blunders and employ simple but effective techniques

- How to present and style your CV, including what vocabulary, language style and font to use

- How to write your first CV as a first job-seeker

Whether you're starting from the beginning or moving on to pastures new, Ultimate CV offers unambiguous, practical advice on creating the right CV for you. It can be surprisingly easy to get it wrong, but with this book's insider knowledge we can all get it right.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091929245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929244
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 10.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rowan is the Career Guy. He is the founder of Fortify Services, a Dublin-based outplacement and consulting firm and is the author of 'Where's My Oasis?' and 'Ultimate CV.' He brings a unique perspective to his writing, lectures and talks on career-related matters from his strong corporate background, and now works with employers as a gamekeeper and with job-seekers as a poacher.

Rowan has written for the Sunday Times, the Irish and Sunday Independent, Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Business Plus, Marketing, and Cosmopolitan. He has worked extensively on Irish television and radio and runs the 'Working Life' slot on the Ryan Tubridy radio show. He also provides a weekly 'column' on Q102 and is a work issues expert for many local radio stations and online recruitment sites.

He describes himself alternately as a speaker, writer, trainer, TED curator, husband, father and dancing bear. You can find him on or chirping away on Twitter as @Rowan_Manahan.

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"career management expert" (Sunday Times)

"For tips and advice on standing out from the crowd, recruitment insider Manahan's ideas may come in very handy" (The Sun)

"employment expert" (Sunday Business Post)

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Everything you need to know to write a winning CV, from a recruitment insider

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate CV - Great Advice, a keeper. 25 April 2012
By Mark S
This book is so well written it is hard to put it down. Mr Manahan's style is engaging and entertaining, and so easy to read. It feels less like reading a book and more like being coached by an expert. The content is clearly laid out and covers every aspect normally found in CV books, however, the attention to detail and thoroughness of approach goes far beyond anything I have read before.
The most important aspect of this book is that it teaches you how to examine your own skills and experience, and communicate them in a fresh and appropriate way. It gets you into the head of the person who is likely to be reading your CV. I have put much work into my CV over the past few years, and with the help of this book I have completely reorganised and rewritten it. I am delighted with the improvement.
In summary this book is essential to anyone with a CV - It will make the difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible and inspiring advice! 16 Dec 2010
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I cannot recommend this book too highly, and have literally just spent the last 90 minutes or so reading it from cover-to-cover. The writing style was very easy and to-the-point, and the advice on creating the 'Ultimate CV' was the best I have read - and the most meaningful.

Towards the end of the book, the author writes "Job vacancies arise every day - this is ubiquitously referred to as 'market churn' ... No matter how sick your sector is, no matter how sick the economy is, there are always jobs out there; you just have to find them ... whoever coined the axiom that job-hunting is a full-time job was right on the money."

I have found the current job market extremely difficult to crack and have been looking for work for over six months, having never suffered from such a lengthy period out of work before. This book should be read for several reasons:

1. In view of the challenges that I imagine most of us now face when job searching/career hunting, this book is an indispensible guide to surviving a highly competetive market, which I personally think is unprecedented for someone in their mid-thirties.

2. It refines and improves possibly well-used, and once-reliable tactics in the job search.

3. It focuses your thinking on what the challenges to the employer/recruiters now are and prompts you to consider those in a refreshing 'HELP them to NOTICE you' approach

I have researched techniques and advice a lot over the past few months (and previously) but I would say that this is a book that I will be referring to for a long time.

It is not only a useful guide but an inspiring one; at a time when you feel little more can be said to motivate your job search, this book will succeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All nuggets, no waffle 8 April 2014
By Kfl
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Rowan's style cuts straight to the heart of the matter. Refreshingly honest and to the point, this practical guide will banish all those vague notions you may have about how to tackle the jobhunt. Rowan paints a clear picture of the recruiter's mindset, typical pitfalls and how to get your foot in the door. If you'd rather chew nails than sit down and write your CV, this is the book for you. The tools that help you systematically build the foundation of your CV make it easy to create tailored versions for each job.
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