One Page CV

Book Title

By: Paul Hichens
March 2014
Pearson Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9781292001470
222 Pages, Illustrated
$27.95 Paper Original


Say less and stand out more.

About six seconds – that’s how long your CV will be considered before it’s consigned to the bin forever. If you don’t grab attention quickly, you’ll be rejected without a second thought.

Your CV must be high impact, concise and optimised if it’s to do its job, and The One Page CV shows you exactly how to do it.

It’s proven to work.

It’s tried and tested.

It’s written by an expert.

· Avoid the pitfalls that your competition will be making

· Transform your CV into a targeted, high-impact, job-winning tool

· Spotlight your professional skills, qualifications and experience

· Write smartly and persuasively so recruiters want to read your CV

Remember – you’ve got six seconds. That’s all. Why waste it?



About the author: a mini CV of sorts ...


The best CV you’ll ever write

 CV overview

CV writing in perspective 

 CV templates, CV examples and sheep
Templates precursor

CV templates and examples

The long and short of er ... CV length among other things
Template sources

3 – Pre-write foresight
Unmasking the unasked 
Pre-write foresight action (with hands-on session)

Your new CV canvass

Who are you aiming at?

4 – Unlocking the secrets
Rules v guidelines
Top ten CV tips

Sit (down and think) rep
Dissecting the art of CV writing
Different CV types
Career change CVs
Standard-ish CVs
Personal profiles
Career history – an experience 
Short course qualifications

Competencies section – a skill in itself (with hands-on session)
Reviving your CV 
Spotting a good CV 
Fitting the pieces together
Strengthening your message 
Generic v speciality 
Reverse generic engineering (with hands-on session)
Adapting to adaptability – job specifications (with hands-on session)
Kiss of life

 CV writing myths

Size matters – length
The truth about lies – CV (un)truths

Poor form format
Let me qualify that – your qualifications
Off the mark – grades (with hands-on session)
A structured approach – format 
(Un)kind candid camera – photographs 
The devil's in the detail – personal information
Golden (and golden oldie) ages

Pride and prejudice – names 
Great expectations – salary 
To whom it may concern – references
Hobby horses (for courses) – interests
Stating the obvious – objectives

Traits that grate – personality
Out of (job) order

Brief aside for some tips...

Back to the myths

Firm objections – company profiles

Order disorder – section positioning

If it’s possibly broke, maybe think bespoke 
Questionable advice – recruiters

6 – The most asked CV questions  and some you hadn't thought about

CV questions and answers

7 – Develop your CV writing skills
Writing what is relevant (with hands-on session)

Writing concisely (with hands-on session)

Writing even more concisely (with hands-on session)
Writing proactively (with hands-on session)
Writing flexibly

8 – CV speak – laying it out

9 - Cover letters
Cover story


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