Category Archives: CVs

In which I reflect on what I learned yesterday …

Almost every day brings new experiences at the moment. Except, of course, the sensation of getting shortlisted for something. But yesterday was a particularly exciting day as I appeared (virtually – if that makes sense) as a panelist on The … Continue reading

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In which I get past the wobble …

If you visited the blog over the weekend you’ll know I had a bit of a wobble on Saturday after getting another ‘thanks, but no thanks’ letter to add to the collection. I’ve been doing some self-review of the effectiveness … Continue reading

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In which I brush up my CV and hope to get shortlisted …

This post orginally appeared in Patrick Butler’s Cuts Blog on 3 November 2010 and appears here by kind permission of The Guardian. My search for work has been slow and steady rather than shock and awe. To begin with I … Continue reading

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In which making CVs doesn’t get much tougher than this …

I recently read a CV that made me very depressed. No, it wasn’t mine. It belonged to a bloke I shall call Dave. In four pages Dave succinctly set out why anyone not instantly giving him a job would end … Continue reading

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In which my days are numbered and my job-hunting gets professional …

Facing a hanging in the morning is one way of concentrating the mind. So is getting a redundancy notice from your employer. In an idle moment late last night I calculated my time left in my current seat and had … Continue reading

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In which I ponder new strangenesses entering my quiet existance …

A crowded room. And dimly lit. The low hum of conversation underscoring some middle of the road jazz tinkling from the PA system. It and the joint had seen and heard better days. I hadn’t known this Russian tea house even existed … Continue reading

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In which I translate favourite phrases from rejection letters

A couple of my oldest friends are actors and have much to teach me about coping with rejection. Their resilience and enthusiasm is phenomenal. In my case getting used to the ‘thanks’ but ‘no thanks’ letter is one of the … Continue reading

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In which I expend days fettling a job application

In your search for work do not underestimate the time you will have to spend on tailoring your CV, writing personal statements and drafting covering letters. My first foray into the frenzied hunt that is the search for work came … Continue reading

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In which I learn there is more to CVs than I remember

So you’ve got the news that the egg-timer on your current job has been upended and the sands are pouring out. What next? I spoke early on to someone who had coached me for a while. Someone independent of the … Continue reading

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