CV writer interview page 16

Q. How did you get into CV writing?
A. I didn’t just wake up one day thinking ‘I’d love to be a CV writer!’

On the contrary, for me, CV writing came about quite by chance. One of my friends had a CV company, and he knew I was good at writing. He gave me a CV book, and asked me if I could help, and the rest is history.

It’s as simple as that.

Q. Were you always good at writing CVs?
A. I don’t think anyone could always be good CV writing, and the reason I say this is because experience is most definitely a factor and it does play a part, and you can’t just gain 10 years’ experience at the flick of a switch. It’s something you need to work at, and there is a learning curve.

Another important factor is that initially I didn’t really have anything to go on, apart from one or two books I had read – and those were flawed. Consequently, in the early days I used to write CVs the same way as pretty much every other professional CV writer. It was only later that I started discover that that there were better ways to write more powerful and effective CVs.

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Paul Hichens (201 Posts)

Paul Hichens, top UK CV specialist, head of leading firm CV Succeed, and author of the most pioneering CV book in decades, The One Page CV (published by top career sector publishers Pearson Education).


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