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General Chat Thread, so CV Writing in General; I'm finally trying to get mine up to date and shiny, so I was wondering: Things like personal statements - ...
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    so CV Writing

    I'm finally trying to get mine up to date and shiny, so I was wondering:

    Things like personal statements - fluff or a good thing to have? What say ye?

    Any other hot tips?

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    Send it to me and I will have a look
    I am an ex-recruitment consultant/headhunter in engineering, computing and electronics and I run a sort of unofficial CV writing service. (I am an engineer as well - or was once)
    Some people on here will confirm that I'm not too bad at it, either.
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    Everyone has different ideas about what constitutes a good CV - there are many ways to do it. IMHO it should be sharp and technical with no waffle and absolutely NO personal statement. After all, what are you going to say? That you are no good?
    A covering letter is where you say something about your experience and how it relates to the job in question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    After all, what are you going to say? That you are no good?
    Yes. As an elaborate bluff, which would render dismissal because of incompetance impossible. [IANAL]

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Some people on here will confirm that I'm not too bad at it.
    I can confirm this! @witch helped me a lot with mine...(and since @witch re-wrote it & made it all a bit more professional) I posted it on a job site and had near enough one or two phone calls a day! Still do here and there!

    PS - Thank you Witch!

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    Brevity is the soul of wit, and the path to a better CV. No-one wants to read unnecessary fluff that was a waste of your time writing in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Brevity is the soul of wit, and the path to a better CV. No-one wants to read unnecessary fluff that was a waste of your time writing in the first place.
    Yep! ( )

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Yep! ( )
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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Everyone has different ideas about what constitutes a good CV - there are many ways to do it. IMHO it should be sharp and technical with no waffle and absolutely NO personal statement. After all, what are you going to say? That you are no good? A covering letter is where you say something about your experience and how it relates to the job in question.
    Just to disagree slightly; my 'standard CV' would get sent to multiple agencies who put it on file and then their search algorithms will match it up with jobs at which point they email me and invite me to apply. At that point I will produce a covering letter and a version of the of the CV tailored to the actual job. I would include a very short personal statement on the standard CV because it never gets a covering letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    Just to disagree slightly; my 'standard CV' would get sent to multiple agencies who put it on file and then their search algorithms will match it up with jobs at which point they email me and invite me to apply. At that point I will produce a covering letter and a version of the of the CV tailored to the actual job. I would include a very short personal statement on the standard CV because it never gets a covering letter.
    Not really disagreeing then - you are producing a covering letter and a tailored CV. Do you mean that you think the employers dont all see the covering letter? I see why you would then include a personal statement but if it is short then it can't say a lot, and if you have tailored your CV you shouldnt really need one. My point really was though that in a general CV you dont add a personal statement.

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    Thanks to everyone for the responses so far, in particular Witch's generous offer.

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    Indeed... My view is that personal statements are the devil and should only be presented under direct request!

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Some people on here will confirm that I'm not too bad at it, either.
    Witch helped me get my current job, so she knows her stuff (even if your CV does come back with a load of red writing)

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