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on 7 October 2013
I've used John Lees' books for my career coaching clients over the past decade to good effect. This one is no exception and it is highly focused for today's job search context. Indeed he states that his previous book (CV messages to win jobs) was written in a different time and needed revising. Knockout CV does just that. It certainly refreshed and updated my approach such that I am in the process of enhancing my own cv and LinkedIn profile

Reading other reviews the point is well made about gaining a consensus from recruitment specialists and agencies. This book offers recent grounded research about the trends in cvs backed up by Lees' practical approach and importantly numerous examples of how to sharpen whole cvs as well as the enhancing their various parts.

So for job searchers a key resource to maximise success with clear guidance to develop the cv both on paper and online as well as ideas for a holistic approach to your next position.

Well worth the investment
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This is not just another typical CV guide. In an increasingly competitive jobs market more and more job seekers appear to be adopting a 'click-click-submit' scattergun approach to sending CVs. John Lees' timely publication - KnockOut CV, offers a very practical, accessible and evidence-based model, equipping you with the necessary up-to-date knowledge, skills and tactics...to get shortlisted. Read, reflect and act on these messages...to get noticed, interviewed and hired.
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on 25 September 2013
I first came across John Lees through his book 'How to choose a job you'll love'and was immediately impressed by the way in which he demonstrates how to make career planning a more straightforward process. I'm equally taken with 'Knockout CV' because I think it is clear that Lees has thoroughly researched the career landscape,to be up-to-date with trends and give a real-world perspective on how to make a success of the challenging experience of job hunting.

In this, as in other publications, the writing style is accessible. The scenarios he draws on are widely applicable and chime with the situations that, in my experience, job seekers typically face. It's comprehensive, but not off-puttingly dense. I think its particular strength, compared to other books I've consulted, is that it enables job seekers to see CVs through a recruiter's eyes - a good example of this is the inclusion of a sample annotated 'unfocused' CV. The book is a highly practical manual with easy-to-follow steps underpinned by a clear rationale - as busy people, we generally all need to be convinced to spend enough time on revamping our CV/job application materials and Lees provides compelling arguments for committing to the various activities that support the development of an effective document/online text. Also, he's not too proud to acknowledge that even a knockout CV isn't appropriate for every job-hunting situation.

If you put 10 career professionals in a room to discuss what makes a good CV, like as not there'll be arguments within the first 10 seconds, but it's hard to disagree with the advice offered in this book which I'd recommend for both job seekers and career consultants as a handy reference tool.
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on 19 December 2013
I really liked this guide and will be giving it to my career coaching clients. John breaks down the CV into components and gives sensible advice and examples for each area, so by working through and applying the chapters in the book you will have a strong CV and also gain insight into what your strong selling points are to talk about in interviews. I particularly liked the "Memory Jogger Checklist" and the "Skills and Challenges Checklist". Both will help you draw out examples of where you have added value or used skills in the past.
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on 23 January 2015
I really learnt a lot from this book in terms of writing my CV. I am glad I have this book. I am happy it talks about application forms too and speculative letters. The only thing I have not found there is how to present your work history when you had several positions in the same company. But apart from that it's great, well written and rather straight to the point.
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on 18 September 2013
This book demystifies the art of creating a CV that will get you through the door. John Lees has created not just a book full of tips and good advice; he has also provided lots of tools to help you compile the evidence you need to to make your CV standout. If you need a CV and most of us do - get this book.
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on 7 October 2013
If you are serious about making your cv an asset in your position search, this book is great value. It covers lots of areas you would expect in terms of themes, layout, content, length. In addition, it considers other aspects to help give your cv that competitive edge. For example, how to compress your message whilst still ensuring it retains impact, how to turn information into evidence, and how to road test your draft cv and then refine it further. The FAQs section is particularly useful, with answers to "should i mention x, y, or z?", those small points that you could spend ages agonising over. Also very pertinent is the guidance on how employers will respond, as this is based on evidence gathered through research.
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on 18 September 2013
Packed with great tips from people who see hundreds of CV a month this book will significantly improve your chances of getting that interview.

No fluff, just great advice and showing the formats which really work.

Gives you pointers on the aspect of the CV which makes you different but you are often stuck staring at a blank page for hours. Stand out from the crowd with this excellent book.
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on 24 January 2016
Although its free his recommendations are truly practical. I did not know that my CV is a mess! It is indeed worth reading from front to back.
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on 28 September 2013
A targeted and professional CV ensures optimum success at standing out from the crowd and generating the all important interview. John has the knack of giving sensible and practical advice on how to produce a Knock Out CV in an intuitive and engaging manner. More than ever these days one needs an edge over the competition and John's book will assist in gaining that all important differentiation.
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