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Working With a CV Writer

Matt Glodz
Working With a CV Writer

Your CV Writing Consultation: What to Expect and How to Prepare

At CV Pilots, we believe that a highly-personalised approach yields the best results for our clients.

Before we start writing your CV, we’ll organise an hour-long initial phone consultation.

The consultation, which typically lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, is a key component of our writing process, as it allows us to get to know you and understand your goals.

As a result, we'll have the information we need to put together the strongest CV possible.

Ideally, we'll gather valuable information that you didn't even think to include!

Elements we'll discuss during your consultation include your:

  • Job search status 
  • Target positions 
  • Career goals
  • Previous work experiences
  • Questions and concerns 

While our conversation will be informal and predominantly consists of us asking targeted questions about your prior roles, we highly recommend setting aside some time to prepare.

By reflecting on your past experience and career goals, you’ll be able to:

  • Provide specific responses that will allow us to make your CV stronger
  • Effectively prepare for your upcoming interviews

Below, we provide an outline of how to prepare and questions to consider. 

Reflect on your future goals

While your CV is a fact-based document, we will be able to tailor it for maximum impact if you are clear about your future goals.

Questions to consider:

  • What industry will you be applying for jobs in?
  • Do you have any specific job postings you are interested in?
  • If you are trying to switch sectors altogether, why? 
  • What skills from your current and previous roles will be transferable?

Know your existing CV in depth

Make sure you know the contents of your current CV (if applicable) and your completed questionnaire inside out.

Questions to consider:

  • Are you able to explain each of your bullet points?
  • Can you provide specific examples of what you did on the job and major projects you worked on?

Brainstorm what you accomplished in each role 

Your CV will not only explain your day-to-day responsibilities but also provide concrete evidence of your accomplishments.

By incorporating specific examples of what you achieved, you’ll be able to stand out from other similar candidates.

Questions to consider:

  • What were your main responsibilities in each role?
  • Did you work on any special projects?
  • Did you develop or implement any new initiatives? What impact did they have on the organisation?
  • What aspects of your role can you quantify? Sales metrics? Number of projects? Revenue increases? Costs cut?
  • By how much were you able to improve these metrics and via what strategies?
  • Did you receive any recognition or awards?

Compile any additional supporting documentation

You may find it easier or more efficient to provide us with additional documents to help us understand certain aspects of your role.

The documentation you may consider sending includes:

  • Company overviews
  • Job descriptions for current and/or previous roles
  • Copies of qualifications you obtained
  • PowerPoint slides summarising major projects
  • Relevant metrics or dashboards

Reflect on major job search-related concerns

The primary focus of our consultation is making sure that we have the information we need to prepare strong job application documents on your behalf.

However, we're also here to help you navigate your job search effectively.

Questions to consider:

  • Are there any concerns you have?
  • Which areas of the application process have you found difficult to navigate in the past?

We'll make sure to set aside time to clarify your goals and point you to resources that can help if needed!

Relax!

We're on your side, and we want to see you succeed.

Don't stress and know that all of the information you share with us will be kept absolutely confidential.

By being open and honest, you'll enable us to better serve you and help you meet your goals.

We look forward to speaking with you!

Have any questions about your consultation or need to provide additional information?

Please email us at team@cvpilots.co.uk or call +44 (0)207 043 2684.


About CV Pilots

CV Pilots is an award-winning executive CV writing, career coaching and outplacement firm. Our previous clients include CEOs and senior executives at the world's leading companies.

Here's how we can help you:

CV, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Writing: After a one-hour phone consultation, one of our expert writers will prepare your top-quality personal marketing materials from scratch. 

CV Content Review & CV Editing: A professional pair of eyes will look over your existing CV to catch any errors and advise on areas of improvement.

Career Transitions: A powerful combination of our document writing and career coaching services helps position you to secure a new role.

To learn more, book an introductory call here or email team@cvpilots.co.uk.

We're a proud member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. All of our writers have studied at top-tier universities and have solid industry experience.


About the AuthorMatt Glodz


Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of CV Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

Based in London, he currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing CVs for over eight years.

At CV Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background to craft CVs that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He has lived in the UK, US and Italy.



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