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If you have a question that is not answered below please feel free to telephone or contact CVadvantage and we’ll be delighted to help.

Why do I need my CV written professionally?

You only get one opportunity to obtain an interview so you can’t afford to get it wrong. Your CV is the vehicle to achieve this objective. CVadvantage knows what works, and will hand-craft your CV with great care in terms of:

  • its aesthetic appearance
  • the logical flow of information to help recruiters and employers
  • the content to differentiate you from your competitors
  • getting the pitch just right
  • the vital necessity to portray your transferable skills and achievements
  • showcasing what you have to offer

In other words we can create that decisive advantage so vital in today’s highly competitive job market. 

Why should I choose CVadvantage?

Your bespoke CV will be created personally by John Chisholm who has more than 15 years' experience in this field. We do not use CV templates. We do not employ a remote team of CV writers. CVadvantage is totally client focused and flexible in the way it works. It is very competitively priced and represents outstanding value for money.

How can I justify the cost?

You owe it to yourself. In a fiercely competitive job market you need to differentiate yourself from the pack and steal an advantage. The potential gains of having a professionally crafted CV far outweigh what is really a very modest investment. Without professional help you may well be wasting time and energy and missing out on your dream job. Can you justify not doing it?
 

Why are some companies cheaper than CVadvantage?

Some companies will offer very low rates for producing a CV, but think about it. They are cheap for a reason. Some CV writing consultancies utilise the services of junior, inexperienced, copywriting staff or, alternatively, more experienced professionals who simply cannot afford to spend the time it takes to hand-craft a document of real quality. Many companies offer no more than a CV template service. Be careful when choosing – a cheap service can often be false economy. CVadvantage offers experienced craftsmanship, a personal service, and outstanding value for money.
 

Can I have my own input into the process?

Most definitely. In fact we encourage it. We collaborate with you and feel it is imperative that you should always retain ownership of your CV.
 

How can CVadvantage help me?

There are several ways to create a CV – one size does not fit all. We will write a bespoke CV that matches your current situation to your aspirations and allows recruiters and employers to extract the information they need with the minimum of effort. This gives you a head start and creates a real advantage. Remember you may well be in competition with dozens or even hundreds of others for a particular vacancy and your CV will be skimmed, at least initially, for only a matter of seconds. We can create an advantage for you when hand-crafting your bespoke interview- winning CV.

Can I see some CV examples?

CVadvantage operates a very strict confidentiality policy for its clients and therefore does not provide CV samples. Furthermore, fictitious examples never have the same impact as the real thing. The best way to establish the standard of our professionalism and to judge for yourself is to apply for our totally free, no obligation CV assessment. Just send your CV in Word or PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

How long does it take to write a CV?

We create only bespoke CVs and each one typically takes several hours to hand-craft. We collaborate iteratively with you during the entire process and so your availability to discuss issues as they arise, together with the complexity of data you provide, will play a part in the overall timescale. Generally you will have the finished document within 5 working days (earlier in many cases). The timescale will be agreed with you at the outset and we’ll stick to it.
 

What if I don’t like my final CV?

This will not happen. We will continue to work with you until you are entirely satisfied. Guaranteed.
 

Do you offer ‘Cover Letter’ and other related services?

Yes, we write both speculative and targeted cover letters for clients whose CVs we have produced. We can also create or completely re-master LinkedIn profiles to supplement your new CV and portray an enhanced and consistent image. LinkedIn is becoming an increasingly important method of candidate search and recruitment for companies from all sectors. Give yourself an advantage and buy one of these CV services now.
 

Will you guarantee that I’ll get a job?

No – this is simply impossible to guarantee because many factors beyond our control (not the least of which is how you perform in an interview on the day) will affect the ultimate outcome. Please beware of any companies that promise this!

 

What experience can you offer me?

Your CV will be personally crafted by John Chisholm, no-one else. With more than 15 years’ success as a consultant in local, national, and international career management organisations he has reviewed and successfully created thousands of CVs for clients from graduates to chief executives. Formerly, John has had a wealth of commercial experience with the Barclays Bank Group, Marks & Spencer plc, and as Managing Director of a Finance Brokerage. He is established among the most respected CV writers in the North of England. You are in safe hands

How do I pay for my CV?

If you are applying for our free CV assessment, there is no charge or obligation at all. If you are taking advantage of our other CV services we accept payment through the PayPal facility. PayPal is a secure method of transmission operating globally. You can use any major debit or credit card, and your bank details will never be made available to us. It’s simple to use and takes only a minute or two to make payment.

Is my personal information safe with you? 

Absolutely. We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office under the Data Protection Act 1998 which means that we store your data securely and will treat the information you provide to us entirely confidentially. We will neither disclose nor pass on any of your personal details or information to any third party

Why shouldn’t I deal with one of the really big CV writing companies?

 
Generally, big companies have big overheads. Maintaining the quality of work may also be an issue if there is a large, remote, team of CV writers. The CVadvantage service is a high-quality consultancy and proud to be so. We do not carry large overheads and so the price you pay for a tailor-made CV is all invested in the value of the writing. Whoever you choose to deal with you are ultimately in the hands of one individual – the CV writer. CVadvantage offers you the personal service of a highly accomplished professional.
 

Why should I not write my own CV?

Many clients say that they can sell any number of products and services yet find it much harder to sell themselves. It is often difficult to be objective about your own skills and experience and to articulate concisely the benefits you can take to a future employer. In the initial stages of job search the CV is your prime marketing document – it is all a recruiter or employer has to go on and they’ll only scan it for a matter of seconds. If there are flaws of any kind it will be consigned instantly to the ‘out’ pile. Unfair but true. CVadvantage understands how to create a CV to maximise your chances of securing that all-important interview.

Will you guarantee that my CV will win me an interview?

All clients are different. Some are very realistic about matching their experience to their aspirations and, frankly, some less so. As long as you are applying for jobs that are appropriate to your skills and experience the tailor-made CV we will craft for you will give you an immeasurably better chance of winning an interview. Be wary of organisations if they guarantee you’ll get an interview!
 

 

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