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Table of Contents

Part 1 Researching you

Chapter 1 Gathering the facts
Fact not fiction
Contact details
Career background
Optional information to include on your CV
Information you should definitely leave out of your CV

Chapter 2 Prove yourself
Are you competent?
Aptitude testing

Chapter 3 Highlighting your achievements
Value added: why employers like achievers
Dutiful or high achiever?
So what have you achieved?
Writing your achievement statements

Chapter 4 So what are you really like?
What every employer wants?
Personality testing or `testing' personality?

Part 2 Match-making

Chapter 5 How to show you are the perfect fit
Reading job advertisements
Job descriptions and person specification forms
Researching the organisation
Researching the employer's market

Part 3 Devising your CV

Chapter 6 The first half page of your CV
CV headings
Personal information
Examples of layout for personal information
Writing a career profile
Writing a career objective statement

Chapter 7 Choice language
Speaking volumes
Me, myself and I: using the personal pronoun
The magic of words
Useful action words for your CV
Useful adverbs
Toxic words
Words to avoid
Technical words
Pitch perfect
Chapter 8 Chronological CVs 99
Template for a chronological CV 101

Chapter 9 Functional CVs 107
Template for a functional CV 110

Chapter 10 One-page CVs 117
Template for a one-page CV 119

Chapter 11 Developing your own CV website
How to build your own website
What to include on your website
A web designer's website

Chapter 12 How to make your CV look good
Making your CV look attractive
Say `cheese!'
Quality control

Chapter 13 CVs for specific career challenges
CVs for graduates and school-leavers
CV example
CVs for career changers
CVs for people with career gaps
Technical CVs
Creative CVs
Media CVs
Performer CVs
CV advice for managers and executives
CVs for internal promotions

Part 4 How to use your CV

Chapter 14 Sending your CV by email or post
Format compatibility
Email etiquette
Writing a covering email to accompany your CV
Sending CVs by post
Scannable CVs

Chapter 15 Job-search strategies
Advertised jobs
The unadvertised market: networking and speculative approaches
Recruitment agencies
Headhunters

Chapter 16 Internet recruitment sites
CV compatibility
Keyword search
Faking it?
Publicity shy?

Chapter 17 Building an online CV
Building an online CV for a commercial job website
Using keywords to find suitable roles

Chapter 18 Using social networking sites
Social networking sites
Your web presence is your reputation

Part 5 Additional resources

Chapter 19 Other resources
Other people
Free career support services
Commercial services

Chapter 20 And finally...

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