Improve your CV with one-on-one coaching and an action plan from our expert writers
In today's competitive job market, it is critical that your CV effectively tells prospective employers why you would be a strong fit for a role.
With so much contradicting CV writing advice on the internet, it can be hard to differentiate what truly works and what to steer clear of.
As a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, our mission is to be a trusted source when it comes to crafting effective documents.
Our professional CV review service equips you with comprehensive, actionable feedback on five key areas of CV writing.
Through our CV clinic, you will work one-on-with with a CV writer to learn what makes an effective CV and how to improve yours to maximise your chances of landing interviews for your dream jobs.
How can you help with my CV?
At CV Pilots, our professional CV writers work closely with recruiters to understand what they look for when evaluating CVs and what causes them to instantly place one into the "no" pile.
By working with us, you’ll walk away with the confidence of knowing that your CV meets industry standards.
You’ll be able to rest assured that your document is free from common CV mistakes that may be leading to lost interview opportunities and holding you back from reaching your career potential.
How does your CV evaluation service work and what's included?
One of our professional CV writers will conduct a thorough review of your existing CV and prepare thoughtful feedback.
After their CV review, you’ll receive the following resources that will leave you with a strong understanding of how you can improve your CV to optimise your job search.
1) Phone Consultation
We’ll provide 30 minutes of one-to-one coaching on CV writing strategies and potential areas of improvement.
You’ll also have the chance to get any questions you have related to your job search, interview preparation or CV and cover letter writing.
2) Action Plan
We'll put together an action plan and summary of what we discussed during your phone consultation so you can effectively apply our tips to your current CV.
Your action plan will include a checklist for each of the five key areas of CV writing outlined below.
Our professional CV writers will also help you identify quick wins and correct common CV writing pitfalls.
3) ATS-Optimised CV Template
Our online course includes a CV template for Microsoft Word, which is optimised for applicant tracking systems.
Research shows that 98.8% of Fortune 500 companies use applicant tracking systems such as Jobvite, Taleo and Workday to help them manage large volumes of online applications.
If you are applying for jobs online, an ATS-compliant CV will help ensure your CV actually makes it into the hands of a recruiter by passing automated ATS screenings.
You can use this template to prepare your CV or simply reference it as you adjust the formatting of your existing CV.
5) Questions & Answer Session
Our mission is to help you reach your career goals, and we want you to capture as much value from our CV review service as possible.
With any remaining time during your phone consultation, we’re happy to provide elements of career coaching and answer any CV or job interview-related questions you have.
What key areas of CV writing will I receive feedback on?
Our CV review provides feedback key areas that potential employers focus on when evaluating job applicants.
Put yourself into the shoes of hiring managers. They often get hundreds of applications from job seekers for a single opening, making it difficult to narrow down who gets invited for an interview.
As executive CV writers, we have a strong pulse on what recruiters expect to see and help you put your best foot forward by applying proven strategies.
1) Design and Formatting
Great CV design is modern yet conservative.
It not only allows reviewers to quickly pick up key information regarding your work experience but also conveys a strong sense of professionalism and attention to detail.
However, your CV's design should effectively go unnoticed.
In other words, if there is anything that a recruiter could potentially perceive as striking, inconsistent or unprofessional, you'll want to reconsider.
Our CV experts will point out areas of improvement when it comes to your CV's design and formatting and share proven strategies that we apply to writing an executive CV.
Your CV content should showcase your experience by explaining how you add value to an organisation instead of simply explaining what you were responsible for on a day-to-day basis.
You'll learn about the difference between task-based and achievement-based bullet points.
During your CV review, we will pinpoint ways you can improve your bullet points to help you stand out from other similar applicants, just as we do for our end-to-end professional CV writing service clients.
A carefully designed structure ensures that recruiters can quickly glean key information.
We'll help you structure yours in a recruiter-approved manner while highlighting your most impressive experience.
4) Grammar and Phrasing
Grammatical errors and phrasing issues are one of the most common reasons that CVs get rejected, needlessly costing career opportunities.
We'll point out any recurring and high-level grammar and phrasing issues that you should pay attention to.
5) ATS Compatibility
During our CV review, we'll assess whether your current CV format is compatible with applicant tracking systems (ATS). If not, we'll let you know how to improve it.
As we mentioned earlier, many companies use an ATS to collect, organise and filter online job applicants.
If a recruiter uses an applicant tracking system and your information is not parsed correctly, your CV may be automatically rejected and never even be seen by a potential employer.
Unfortunately, many online CV builders actually create documents that are not compatible with these systems, potentially putting your career at stake. We advise that you to avoid these gimmicks.
What if I decide that I could benefit from your CV writing service?
The goal of our CV review service is to equip you with the tools and information you need to make any necessary changes to your new CV on your own.
If you decide that you prefer to invest in a professionally written CV after your CV review, you are welcome to credit the cost of your review towards any of our full-service CV packages.
How do I get started?
Click here to order our CV review service.
Upon purchase, you will receive an email outlining next steps, allowing you to submit your CV and book your phone consultation.
About CV Pilots
CV Pilots is an award-winning executive CV writing firm that works with driven, successful applicants across all major sectors including finance, real estate, law, technology and marketing.
Our previous clients include CEOs and senior executives at the world’s leading companies.
We have been recognised as London's CV Writing Service of the Year for 2019/20.