Why You? CV Messages To Win Jobs Paperback – 1 Sep 2007
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-- 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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
I didn't like this book, it was too vague and not realistic enough
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb and helpful. John Lees is realy star author in this area.Published 18 months ago by Peter GG
decent book and still quite relevant. Covers all aspects of UK CV writing and would definitely recommend. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2012 by Tim
This is a must read for anyone who is serious about creating a quality CV. It highlights research carried out with many employers in order to establish what they are really looking... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2012 by Mark J Anderson