The CV Book

James Innes  
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December 2015
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The CV Book
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The best and most up-to-date guidance available on writing and presenting the perfect CV is back in a new edition.


This is the most definitive and well-researched guide to planning, writing and presenting compelling CVs to maximise your chances of getting an interview. The guidance in this book has been tried, tested and honed to perfection. The unique content includes a chapter on avoiding the most common CV mistakes, which only a few of the very best CVs actually manage to do.

Table of Contents

About the author


How to use this book


Part 1 Laying the foundations: getting the basics right 

  1.   Why are CVs so important? 

  2.   Aesthetics and presentation: looking good on paper 

  3.   Content and style: what to say and how to say it 

  4.   Structure: which type of CV is right for you? 


Part 2 Building your CV: section by section 

  5.   Personal details 

  6.   Professional profile 

  7.   Objective 

  8.   Education and qualifications 

  9.   Career history 

10.   Key skills 

11.   Achievements 

12.   Other details 

13.   Interests and activities 


Part 3 The 15 most common CV writing mistakes 

14.   How to avoid them! 


Part 4 When the usual rules don’t apply … 

15.   Ten solutions for ten potential problems 

16.   Special cases – professions where the rules are different 

17.   CVs and résumés – looking for work abroad 


Part 5 Tailoring your CV 

18.   How to adapt your CV for every application 


Part 6 LinkedIn 

19.   LinkedIn 


Part 7 Looking at the whole picture 

20.   Cover letters 

21.   Interviews 

22.   Your new job 


Part 8 CV and cover letter examples and templates 

23.   Twenty-one CV examples to help you write yours 


Part 9 My five top tips to make your CV stand out 

24.   How to make your CV stand out! 


Further reading and resources 

Appendix A: 250 action verbs 

Appendix B: 50 positive adjectives 

Appendix C: 222 commonly misspelled words 



Back Cover

Your CV has less than 30 seconds to win you an interview, so make it irresistible.


With hundreds of CVs submitted for every job vacancy, yours has to work hard to stand out. You need to know what the recruiter wants to see and how to say it, fast.


The CV Book brings together years of research and experience to reveal all the insider tips and winning methods that will make sure your CV never fails to impress. Discover how to:


·   write your own CV quickly, and with confidence

·   tailor your CV to every opportunity

·   avoid all of the most common CV mistakes

·   make your CV really stand out from the competition.


No matter what your age, background, job or level of experience, The CV Book will help you create an outstanding CV. 



The CV Book has full online support: CV templates, CV tools and reader offers – all available through The CV Centre® online at


James Innes is the Managing Director of The CV Centre, the UK’s leading CV consultancy. James founded The CV Centre in 1998 and has built the company to its current position as UK market leaders in the field of CV consultancy. James regularly delivers presentations to recent graduates and also contributes widely to newspapers and magazines in both the UK and France and is  the author of The Interview Book, The CV Book, The Cover Letters Book and The Interview Question and Answer Book