What's The Best CV Service?
The job market is tough and the impact of COVID-19 has put thousands of jobs at risk. With more people competing for fewer jobs, you need to do everything you can to give yourself the edge, so engaging a professional to achieve this for you could be an option. There are multiple companies to choose from, so we’ve put together some advice on why you should use a professional CV service, and the questions you should ask to find the best one.
Reasons to Use a Professional CV Service
1. CV Writing Skills
Yes, an obvious one! Not everyone is a natural when it comes to putting pen to paper. Even though the role you are applying for may not involve writing, a potential employer is likely to judge you on the quality of your written English. It’s not just about avoiding mistakes; it’s also about writing with style.
A professional CV writer will be able to write with both flair and precision, conveying your achievements in a way that is not only accurate, but also attention-grabbing.
2. An Objective View
We are terrible at judging our own achievements. When writing your CV, you’re more likely to either oversell or undersell your experience. You may not think that your most impressive skills are worth mentioning, perhaps because they come so naturally to you. Equally, you may overestimate the importance of certain achievements, possibly because they were particularly hard-won.
Professional CV writers can view your skills and achievements in a detached way and provide an honest appraisal of what should (or shouldn’t) be included.
3. Knowledge of CV Writing Trends
On average, people remain with one employer for around 4 years (* Source: BPS World). A lot can change in that time and your CV may be out of date in ways you didn’t even realise. A CV writing company will make a point of staying up to date with the industry trends, including those pesky Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
4. It Gives you Time to Concentrate on Other Things
Writing your own CV can be extremely time-consuming. Employing a CV writing company frees up time for you to focus on other aspects of your job hunt.
"Psychologically it can be difficult to let go of old patterns of writing CVs and the content you put in them. Lee was able to cut through everything and write a CV that highlighted my skills and tell a story" Helen T. - Trustpilot Reviewer
Questions to ask a CV writer
How bespoke is the service? This is (quite rightly) the most common question we’re asked by prospective clients. The assertion is that CV writing companies will produce generic and cookie-cutter documents.
Here at The CV Store, we provide tailored and bespoke CVs for every client. We never work from templates and provide one-to-one support for one year (by phone or email).
Do higher CV writing prices signal higher quality? It’s common to assume a link between price and quality. However, this isn’t always the case. We operate predominantly online, and the majority of our work originates from recommendations and repeat business. This allows us to minimise our costs and keep our prices competitive.
Are CV writers employed in-house or outsourced? Many CV writing companies outsource their work at a low price. With this low price, more often than not, comes low quality. Ask who writes their CVs, what their experience is, and details of their after-sales support.