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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077115104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077115104
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For insight into the mind of the prospective employer, check out Why You
-- Readers Digest, February 2008

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Praise for John Lees
"John Lees talks a great deal of sense, particularly for anyone looking for a new career path"
- ROSEMARY CONLEY CBE
"Always practical, but never patronizing"
- THE GUARDIAN
"John Lees teaches you how to develop your own self awareness and how to use that awareness effectively to achieve career success"
- THE TIMES
"John Lees inspires people to rethink the way they work"
- DAILY EXPRESS

When it comes to CVs, most decision-makers evaluate your potential in seconds. Among the many candidates for the best jobs why you? Your CV makes a critical first impression in the competition for a job you'll love. It's not just about what your CV looks like, but what it says and how it communicates a focused message about what you have to offer employers. Based on extensive research that offers fresh insights into the way employers read CVs, Why You? is a step-by-step guide that helps you:

  • Choose and develop the right CV format to match your needs and aspirations
  • Design and write a compelling first page
  • Construct and tailor a targeted CV to match employers' requirements
  • Use your CV as part of a multi-strategy job search
  • Open doors to interviews with the best employers.

John Lees is one of the UK's best known career coaches. Previously Chief Executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants, he has trained recruitment specialists for over 20 years. He now specializes in helping people make difficult career decisions.

John is the author of the best-selling How to Get a Job You'll Love and Take Control of Your Career. He is a regular contributor for The Times, The Guardian and Personnel Today.

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Up-to-the-minute, heaps of practical information on how to put a winning CV together.
As a recruitment consultant, I welcome John Lees book. He takes the reader through preparing a CV, reminding them that its purpose is to get a meeting or interview. Then he explains how to tailor the CV for different types of job situations, especially relevant when you are trying to move into a new sector where you may not have the 'obvious' skillset. Next he explores how to proactively use your CV, in approaching agencies/headhunters and speculatively, to target organisations. This book should leave the reader feeling confident that they can produce a right-for-purpose CV and motivated to do so.
If every candidate were to read John's book before sending their CV in, it would make our sifting process much more difficult!
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I think this book is great.

When I starting reading this book I doubted that it would have a great deal to say to me because I've read a number of similar books previously. I was surprised that the book made me think harder than I had expected about CVs and the context in which they are going to be read. I like the book's straightforward style of writing and I found its tone to be encouraging throughout. The use of checklists of things to do and not to do makes it very easy to see the key points.

Having a powerful CV is a key step in the job search journey and this book can help you on your way.
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Outstanding book that did three critical things for me:
1) I am going for a complete career change from the Army to something completely different. Not only does this book give specific advice for career changers, but it also gives advice in how to lay out transferable skills so that they can be easily picked up. (e.g. I hadn't run a budget in my career, but I have managed resources in order to achieve blah blah blah...)
2) Everyone has their own preferences for how they like CVs. Before this book someone saying "that's great, but could you just do it as a skills based CV" would have sent me into degrees of panic - now I just flick to that page in the book and knock it out.
3) Helps you get the tenor of your CV about right. Like many (most?) Brits I cringe at the idea of extolling my virtues and it seems the military particularly undersell themselves. This helps you put across your strong points without sounding like a knob.
Would wholeheartedly recommend. Also goes well alongside his book 'how to get a job you love' (no, I am not on commission).
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My husband and I both used this book to help us revamp our CVs. We got hold of a selection of CV writing and job hunting books, mainly through the library, but this was the one we decided to buy. A lot of common sense, and a systematic way to work through your CV, removing all the dross and giving your a better chance of it being read! Recommended.
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This engaging book is presented in three accessible sections: "Understanding CVs and their impact"; "Composing your CV"; and "Making your CV work for you". Its pages contain a wealth of hard-hitting, entertainingly presented advice illustrated by short, punchy examples and at-a-glance checklists. Following this clear format, you'll quickly craft a CV all but guaranteed to stand you tall in your crowd and achieve, as John says, the sole purpose "to get you into a room with someone who can influence your future".

As a Senior Outplacement Consultant with DBM in London, I think that "Why you? CV messages to win jobs" is up there with John's established classic "How to get a job you'll love". Once more he delivers what he says on the cover, and I regularly recommend both titles to my clients.
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Strong points:
Excellent practical and professional advice based on specific research
Answers most important questions about CVs based on opinions from professionals with hiring capacity
Advice for every stage of professional development
Easy to navigate and find the bit that you need
Good, practical examples of best practice

Weak points:
Not all advice might apply to different job seekers, e.g. school leavers, graduates, experienced professional; hence the need to sieve through
Might be a bit confusing if you expect ready answers
It is professional - might be perceived to target advanced job hunters; but it does provide an introduction to the basics.
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This book is ok for generic CVs etc. but as a graduate having just come out of university all I ended up with was a pompous arrogant sounding CV. I only realised this when I went to a graduate website (Prospects) and downloaded a couple of their free sample CVs. If only I had done this 3 months ago I would have saved myself alot of time, effort, rejection and 6 quid. I didn't really need this book, all I needed was an example of someone else's CV so I could work on mine! Simple as that.
I didn't like this book, it was too vague and not realistic enough
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I've used this book to completely rewrite my CV after looking at what it said about me rather than simply the presentation. The author obviously knows his stuff, has a good clear communication style and gives you a different perspective. I do a reasonable amount of hiring and see a lot of CVs, the ideas and insights in this book have also changed the way I interpret these.
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