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Brilliant CV: What Employers Want to See and How to Say it Paperback – 28 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (28 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273702114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273702115
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,184,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"easy to use and it offers a range of approaches" - The Guardian, July 2006

"as good a book as you're going to get on writing a CV" - Student Accountant, February 2007

From the Back Cover

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 recruiter 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. Here, Jim Bright and Joanne Earl share the secrets of writing CVs that make the shortlist.

 

The book 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

 

And new to this edition, discover how to show you meet the selection criteria for the job in your CV.

 

Find out what works in the real world and learn how to put it into practice through examples, exercises, samples and templates.

 

Brilliant CV - Don't be Good, be Brilliant

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This book provides a fascinating insight into how to prepare a CV that will get you shortlisted for a job. Cutting through redundant psychological theory, Jim Bright and Joanne Earl give practical advice on how to get the most out of a CV. Through anecdotes and sample CVs (both good and bad)the authors manage to inject considerable humour into what could be a dull subject.
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Jim Bright and Joanne Earl have done a great job of displaying all the information you need to get your CV looking just right, and more importantly ensuring you get your dream job. The text is easy to read, informative and based on well-established principles of both cognitive and organisational psychology. Unlike many other publications of this sort, the examples and information contained in Brilliant CV are drawn from rigorous empirical studies carried out by the authors. Their overall approach is thus both methodologically sound and proven to be effective in the "real-world" environment. I highly recommend this book to all job-seekers. Brilliant.
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I found this book to be excellent. I had previously applied for 5 jobs and had not even been short-listed even though l had the appropriate qualifications, since reading this book and making changes to my CV l have had 2 interviews and been offered one of the jobs. The book tells you how CVs are seen from the 'employers' point of view and what factors put them off or want to interview you. There are also really useful templates in there.
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After deciding to apply for promotion at work for the first time in over 10 years, I thought about freshening up my cv. My local bookstore had a reasonable selection of relevant works and I spent an hour or so browsing through them. I finally settled on Bright & Earl's brilliant CV. I don't often make good choices, but on this occasion, I think that I chose rather well. There is so much sound and sensible advice. The authors pose many questions and I found myself shouting out..."Yes, that's me"! On page 120, for example, they highlight candidates who just list skills and qualifications as if to say, take it or leave it. That, I have to admit, was me. If they want me they want me, if they don't they don't, type approach. I almost felt that the book was written with me or people like me in mind. I especially liked the achievement and facts balancing act see-saw on page 51. There is much more, of course, including helpful guidance on layout/presentation. I now have what I consider to be a much more professionally constructed CV including a Knowledge, Skills and Abilities section, as recommended by Bright and Earl! In turn, I would recommend this book without either hesitation or reservation. It gave me much food for thought. I am very happy with my "new" CV - whether or not I am promoted!! brilliant CV - brilliant book - 5 stars. Thanks!
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I just wanted to tell people how much of a difference it made to read this book and update my CV. Before this book I had maybe 3 calls a week from recruiters if I were lucky. I had 1 interview in a month.

I received the book on Saturday, read it and started updating my CV in the weekend. Applied for a job on Monday and got a job offer Tuesday! Also I received 6 called in 2 days from recruiters wanting to send my CV to employers or just contacting me about general inquiries.

See that is a major improvement and I would have wished that I had seen/discovered this book a month ago!

Best of luck to all you job hunters and hope this book helps you like it did me!
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This is a Brilliant Book, I know loads of people who have used the advice and then have been offered the job. The reviewer below claims the example resumes in this book run to 5 pages which contradicts advice on the length of the resume. Durr! The pages in this book are much smaller than the A4 paper you would use! If you copy out the 5-page examples they run to - wait for it....exactly 2 pages of A4 when you follow the authors guidelines! So where is the contradiction?!!
The second fallacious point in that review is that the resumes are too wordy. Well, here we have one opiniated individual versus hundreds of recruiters who have repeatedly shortlisted these designs because they present all the critical stuff succinctly and convincingly. The reviewer seems to have a preference for glossy photographs rather than reading about proven principles.
The review below is a very unreliable indeed plainly incorrect review of an excellent and different book. If it is reliable and proven (not opiniated) advice you are after, then Brilliant CV is excellent and is the only choice!
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Luckily i got this in one of Amazons sales. If it had been at full price I would've been a little disappointed. The thesaurus of "CV" words is fairly useful, but so is the one that comes with my word processor. The book cannot decide who the target audience is. It's Probably ok for college leavers or graduates, but for a professional then steer clear. They like having qualifications first and employment history later. What if my qualifications are poor or I have worked for the last forty years? On the back of the book it states "the only CV book based on research among employers and recruiters". Which ones???? If I was in a human resources department and received a CV designed from this book i wouldn't be overly impressed. They are simple in design and probably wont get your CV noticed among the other hundreds of applicants. On page 88 it says "recruiters prefer CVs that look conventional". Surely you can design a conventional CV that is still original (or at least give you a range of styles to look at to make an informed descision)? If you're applying for a graphic designers role you need a bit of flare while a CV for a road sweeper requires something different. This book just does not show the different styles that different job sectors expect.
Since this book has recieved a few 5* reviews, I would recommend you check it out in a bookshop before you buy off Amazon. Make your own decision as my review totally conflicts with the others!
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