Writing your CV can seem like a real chore but paying someone else to write it is not a good plan. Here’s why…
1 The Careers service offers a free service to help you write a CV
- There is a simple CV template to help you get started with formatting.
- A CV & LinkedIn guide to help you format and tailor it for the job you are applying for
- Example CVs to see how other people have done this and the language they use.
- Daily 1-1 appointments to help you understand what the employer is looking for, and how to give strong evidence on your CV.
2 You need to adapt your CV to each job you apply for
Employers normally have their own list of what they are looking for in an employee for a specific role, so one CV really won’t work. Imagine paying for 50 different CVs!
Avoid paying for CV writing services:
- It is unlikely to get you the bespoke CV you need, certainly not at a bargain price! You would need to spend 1-1 time with someone to write a CV from scratch.
- What qualifications or training does this person have. Is it even a person, is it a computer programme?
- Is the website reputable/secure – how sure are you that this is not a scam?
Avoid paying for proofreading:
- Yes your CV should be free from spelling and grammatical errors, but this is a skill you need to learn to be employable.
- Have you checked what credentials or training your proof reader has?
Use with caution
CV templates ( eg. those in MS word or if you Google!)
- Not all are suitable for the UK job market.
- Some will help you with spelling and making sure your tabs and bullets are neat.
- Not all are aimed at graduate or University student level jobs, internships and placements.
- They can be very inflexible if you want to move information around.
- Most won’t tell you how to research the employer and job role to understand what is needed in your CV and how this will affect the layout and content.