on 19 October 2013
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.
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.
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.