The Writing Process- Content


One conscientious decision I made right from the onset, was to not look at any other CV books whatsoever during the writing process. Not only that, but I also tried the blank out anything that I’d ever read previously. The latter wasn’t a hard task because I hadn’t thought that there was that much worth retaining from other books anyway.

The rationale behind this decision seems perfectly logical to me. I wanted my book to be different and ultimately better. And the best way to achieve this was to make it new, fresh and original.

The content page for the finished book doesn’t read like a typical content page. For example, some of the sections have titles such as these;

- Unmasking the Unasked
Pre-write Foresight Action (with hands-on session)
- Reverse Generic Engineering (with hands-on session)
- If it’s Possibly Broke, Maybe Think Bespoke

And if you read the book it is different from other CV books on pretty much every level; what it says, the way it is said, the level of detail, the originality of the message, the usefulness of the practical sessions etc.

However, at the end of the day there is no getting away from the fact that the book is a CV book, and certain fundamentals need addressing. Consequently, (and quite naturally), much of the book revolves around basic fundamentals such as CV length, CV content, presentation, formatting, the various CV sections, selling your skills etc.

Such things are mentioned in other CV books, it’s just that I wanted the content of my book to stay true to my initial goals;

More Comprehensive
More Engaging
More Entertaining
More Original
More Useful
More Honest/Truthful
Far Better

than typical CV books.

I wanted to give the reader something over and above what they would get in any other book (both in terms of reading enjoyment and ultimate usefulness), and to achieve that I needed to come at things in a more unique, original and thought-provoking way.

Paul (182 Posts)

Paul , 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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