What else do we look for?

It would be nice to say that we specifically look for people with the ability to speak languages and possess significant commercial/industrial experience.

And if you check out our team you will see that, as it happens, our team does largely consist of very talented writers with multi-sector commercial experience, as well as fluency in foreign languages.

However, with that in mind, you may be surprised to hear that we don’t specifically state that
applicants need to be bilingual with 10 years + multi-sector industry experience.

One thing we do state is that we prefer candidates with good qualifications. At the same time, plenty of people with average qualifications have applied over the years, and we still look at their applications if they do apply.

Whilst good qualifications don’t necessarily equate to quality writing skills, in my experience, the very best CV writers do nevertheless seem to fit a certain profile, and good qualifications seem to be one consistent common denominator, as does the possession of both scientific and creative ability, as well as the ability to connect and communicate with people. I’m not sure where languages come into the equation, because all our CVs are in English, even so it does seem that another common denominator is that the best CV writers also have foreign language skills. (At the same time I am happy to concede that this may well be just coincidence).

I’ve an open mind, which is why we read all applications, at the same time, in all these years I’ve never seen an impressive test from a candidate who didn’t fit the above profile (and it’s not an easy profile to fit).

Next blog entry: what is it like to work as a CV writer?

Paul Hichens (182 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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