Frequently Asked Questions
What is CVNow?
Why would I have someone else write my CV?
You may be new to the concept of having someone else write
your CV. We understand that writing your own CV can be a difficult, frustrating process—regardless of your work skills or writing expertise. The entire point of seeking professional help with your CV is to save you from what can often be a time consuming and extremely challenging undertaking. A professional CV writer provides you unbiased, constructive feedback. In addition to the perspective another person can bring to your personal style of selling yourself, you can benefit from the many technical nuances our professional CV writers are trained to identify and optimise.
Following, you’ll find some common questions we are asked by individuals who are considering a professional CV rewrite:
Does CVNow have writers in my industry and region?
Our network of over 1200 writers has experience in
65 different industry specialties.
CV writers familiar with your industry and country are capable of showcasing your accomplishments by using the same terminology that people in your field use. This means that important keywords, along with your skills and achievements, will stand out to hiring managers and satisfy electronic screening tools.
We specialise in CVs written in British English. Our writers are familiar with best practices used by English-speaking employers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, mainland Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. Our sibling company
TopResume has excellent offerings for those seeking American English formats and language.
CV writers familiar with your industry are able to showcase your accomplishments by using the terminology that people in your field use. Which means keywords, along with your skills and achievements, will stand out to hiring managers and satisfy electronic screening tools.
Does CVNow use CV templates?
In a word, no.
CVNow writers understand what each industry requires or responds to best. Additionally, many employers are using applicant tracking systems to sort and screen CVs.
What that means is that your CV may be getting stuck in the screening process and never even making it to a live person. CVNow is familiar with the latest CV screening technologies that will ensure that your CV will easily bypass those systems.
Does CVNow have testimonials, success stories and real CV samples?
Here you’ll find our
recent success stories and real samples of our work. Additionally, we stand by our professional CVs with a no-fuss guarantee. If you're not happy, we will do everything we can to make certain that you're totally satisfied. Will a rewritten CV work for
me? Will only one CV suffice for me?
A separate and distinct CV for each job application was once considered the norm. In fact, it's a myth that you need to customise your CV for every job that you apply for. A clean and distinguished single CV is immensely more valuable than one that has been over-engineered to suit a specific position.
Professionally written CVs usually begin with a career summary that provides an overview of your experience. You can tweak this section lightly to make it more relevant for the job you're applying for. Otherwise, if your CV is in good shape, you reuse it for all your applications. The cover letter is the piece that should be customized for each application. Use your cover letter to call out your achievements and skills that are relevant to the specific position.
I'm re-entering the workforce, how should my CV look?
If you've been out of the workforce for a while, it's extremely important for you to show that your skills are up-to-date. Many employers are no longer surprised by gaps in employment. A professional CV writer will help you demonstrate that your skills are relevant, which will eliminate any concerns about the gaps in employment. This in turn gives you more confidence when interviewing.
I'm changing careers, what do I include in my CV?
This is a tricky question. You need to try and show how your current skill sets complement your ability to work in the new field. Unless you just happen to have friends who are hiring managers in that field, you should contact a professional CV writer who specialises in the new field. They can help you highlight your transferable skills. That way, even though your skills are from outside that field, it will be clear that you are still capable of contributing significant benefits to companies regardless of your background.
Does it matter if I'm a bit older?
A common myth is that age works against you during a job search. The reality is that you need to go in and outshine everyone else no matter what your age. If your CV presents your accomplishments impressively and you're brimming with confidence, you'll have a far better chance of getting the job over someone who is younger and less experienced. Ultimately, your goal is to show that you are the best and most qualified person for the job.
My CV was professionally written but I am not getting an increase in interviews. Do I need to have it rewritten again?
Every CV writing company has their own level of service and standards. Your CV may not be polished enough. The service you chose may have used an outdated CV template or one for the wrong industry or career level. Another possibility is that your writer didn't use the proper keywords needed to get your CV into the hands of a decision maker. If any of these seem to be the case, yes, you should consider a CV rewrite.
General CV Tips
What should I consider for the "Objective" section?
If your CV has an opening objective, it should clearly state where you fit in the organisation you're writing to and the career step you desire to make. CV objectives are usually one to three sentences long and should include your experience level. An employer will read your CV objective, quickly scanning for keywords that pique their interest and which indicate that you would make a good fit for the position.
Writing an objective statement may seem easy; just two or three sentences on your experience level, what you want, and how you can help the particular company you're writing to. However, even great writers have difficulty remaining objective. As hard as you may try, it's nearly impossible to see your writing for what it is or how it will appear to others. However, a professional CV writer will invigorate your experiences and goals, which willresult in an opening statement that is succinct, relevant and full of life.
Take a look at these sample CV objectives:
Experienced and proven Sales Manager looking to utilise my interpersonal and sales skills to lead a team and boost a company's revenue stream.
Utilize my 10+ years as a Chief Business Development Officer, with a proven track record, to streamline and grow a company's revenue and improve their sales force's overall strategy as well as enter into untapped markets
Obtain an entry-level sales position where I can use my interpersonal skills and extroverted personality to win new accounts and increase revenue by bringing on new key accounts.
Year One teacher with five years of teaching experience looking to use my passion and knowledge of child development and education to enhance the lives of our youth.
Secondary School teacher with an top University degree looking to use my passion for personal to enrich the minds and grow the knowledge of my students.
To obtain a position in Human Resources where I can further develop company HR policy, streamline recruitment and structure employee relations.
To find a role in Human Resources that will utilize my experience with legal forms, payroll and employee recruitment as well as enable me to grow within the company.
To secure a position where my positive personality and excellent customer service skills can help to increase customer satisfaction and keep the company's brand positive in customers minds.
Does the format of my CV really matter?
You may not realise this, but CV formats -- the layout, design and overall appearance of your CV -- can be the deciding factor when it comes time for an employer to add your CV to either the interview list or the rejection pile.
If you've thought about using an automated CV builder, you might find yourself with a CV chock-a-block of incorrectly placed keywords, which will undoubtdly raise the proverbial red flag for an electronic CV filter. Proper placement of keywords is a job that only a human with experience can do. Hiring a CV writer who has worked in your field and who knows the proper CV formats for your industry and career level will give you a far better chance of securing an interview for the job that you want.
Whether your industry requires a chronological CV or a simpler format, our writers know which formats hiring managers are looking for and how to make your skills and qualifications jump off the page. CVNow CV writers will explain why everything is where they feel it should be. An added bonus is that at CV your CV writer will be available via email during the process. This is something most CV services do not offer.
Working With Us
What can I expect if I purchase a professionally written CV from CVNow?
Firstly, we'll have you fill out a short and painless questionnaire. This is important to make sure we assign you the best writer based on your industry and on your particular experience level. This helps to ensure that anything important that you may not be including on your CV now will be added.
The questionnaire will also serve to show us what types of jobs you're looking at. That way we know the exact type of hiring manager will be reading your CV on the other side of the table!
Once we assign you a writer, they’ll begin a first draft and reach out with any questions they have for you. You’ll go back and forth on drafts with the writer until you are both happy with the final copy.
How quickly will I get my new CV from CVNow?
Typically, you'll have your new CV in your hands within a week. Including revisions, the process rarely lasts longer than a fortnight. If that's not fast enough, we do offer the option for a rush order.
Will I be able to edit my CV in the future if something changes?
Certainly! In fact, we encourage that, and deliver the final document in an editable Microsoft Word document for that very reason.
If my credentials change, will I have the option to talk to my writer a year from now?
At present, we don't offer that option. Our writers deliver the best guidance they can to help you edit in the future without disturbing crucial keywords and layout tweaks. For major additions, we do offer the option to purchase CV updates for CVs we’ve already written.
How do I get started?
Simple! Visit our
checkout page and choose the best option for you.