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The CV Book

The CV Book

How to avoid the most common mistakes and write a winning CV
3rd Edition

James Innes

Dec 2015, Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN13: 9781292086477
ISBN10: 1292086475
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Your CV has less than 30 seconds to win you an interview, so make it irresistible.

With hundreds of CVs submitted for every job vacancy, yours has to work hard to stand out. You need to know what the recruiter wants to see and how to say it, fast.

The CV Book brings together years of research and experience to reveal all the insider tips and winning methods that will make sure your CV never fails to impress. Discover how to:

· write your own CV quickly, and with confidence

· tailor your CV to every opportunity

· avoid all of the most common CV mistakes

· make your CV really stand out from the competition.

No matter what your age, background, job or level of experience, The CV Book will help you create an outstanding CV.

The CV Book has full online support: CV templates, CV tools and reader offers – all available through The CV Centre® online at

About the author


How to use this book

Part 1 Laying the foundations: getting the basics right 

1. Why are CVs so important? 

2. Aesthetics and presentation: looking good on paper 

3. Content and style: what to say and how to say it 

4. Structure: which type of CV is right for you? 

Part 2 Building your CV: section by section 

5. Personal details 

6. Professional profile 

7. Objective 

8. Education and qualifications 

9. Career history 

10. Key skills 

11. Achievements 

12. Other details 

13. Interests and activities 

Part 3 The 15 most common CV writing mistakes 

14. How to avoid them! 

Part 4 When the usual rules don’t apply … 

15. Ten solutions for ten potential problems 

16. Special cases – professions where the rules are different 

17. CVs and résumés – looking for work abroad 

Part 5 Tailoring your CV 

18. How to adapt your CV for every application 

Part 6 LinkedIn 

19. LinkedIn 

Part 7 Looking at the whole picture 

20. Cover letters 

21. Interviews 

22. Your new job 

Part 8 CV and cover letter examples and templates 

23. Twenty-one CV examples to help you write yours 

Part 9 My five top tips to make your CV stand out 

24. How to make your CV stand out! 

Further reading and resources 

Appendix A: 250 action verbs 

Appendix B: 50 positive adjectives 

Appendix C: 222 commonly misspelled words 


James Innes is the Managing Director of The CV Centre, the UK’s leading CV consultancy. James founded The CV Centre in 1998 and has built the company to its current position as UK market leaders in the field of CV consultancy. James regularly delivers presentations to recent graduates and also contributes widely to newspapers and magazines in both the UK and France and is the author of The Interview Book, The CV Book, The Cover Letters Book and The Interview Question and Answer Book