Here is a little news snippet for this miscellaneous section of the blog.
Yesterday Peter was invited by the BBC to advise on CVs.
The reason for the interview was the news that in future applicants for job seeker allowance, amongst a number of things, would now be required to have a viable CV and a valid email address in order to apply and qualify for the allowance. BBC London wanted to interview a CV expert to explain some key essentials to the audience – hence the invitation to Peter.
Peter talked about the CV being one of the most important documents in our lives, together with the fact that the quality of one’s CV could help determine our health, wealth and happiness. He also spoke about the worth in making an investment to get it right.
The interviewer wanted to know more, so Peter elaborated on things such as having the right focus and direction on your CV, and the importance of making sure that it was concise and attractive to employers.
Peter also went on to explain how we were not taught to write CVs and that most people tended to write their qualifications, work history and interests on the advice of well intentioned teachers or friends who haven’t really researched what works best with CVs. To elaborate further he highlighted the difference between passive and historical CVs and future dynamic ones.
The interviewer also questioned Peter about CV length, print size and style amongst other things.
If you caught Peter’s broadcast, please feel free to let us know what you think.
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