What is it like to work as a CV writer?

There are pros and cons, and I guess part of it is what you want out of it, how good you are, and what company you work for.

For example, personally I just couldn’t work for one of those CV companies that churn off CVs ten to the dozen in almost robotic fashion. In addition to my professional pride, I also take a lot from the job satisfaction my work gives me from knowing that I have helped someone land their ideal job or better their career thanks to my help. Really, I don’t think I could get that same job satisfaction working for any other company, and primarily because I don’t think conventional methods are effective. Or at least certainly nowhere near as effective as our methods. Personally I like to do my best for my clients, and when they tell me they have achieved their job roles then this makes my job all the more worthwhile.

Another good aspect of the job is flexibility. Yes, sometimes I do work ridiculously long hours. However, a more positive note, sometimes I take some time off during the day, or I finish early to spend more time with the kids. And I am very lucky in this respect that my job gives me the flexibility to do that.

Of course there are downsides too. There are in any profession. In my case, one of the biggest downsides is that writing can be a lonely profession. I, like a lot of writers, work best on my own, and without distractions. This is all well and good if you are not a sociable sort, but for my part at least, I do like working with others, and I do miss the fun and social interaction that comes with chatting whenever the fancy takes you during the day with friends and colleagues.

Next blog entry: what about the clients?

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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