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Question 1

Which best describes your choice of font type, styles and colour, A or B?

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A: Text boxes, and a creative approach to typography and font usage. You have used more than one colour in addition to default text colour (black). You have used more than one font style. You have used underline, bold and italics.

B: Formal approach to typography, same font style throughout. You have applied a clear hierarchy your headlines are bigger than your sub-headlines and you have avoided using underline i.e. you have kept your styling neat and minimalist.

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Question 2

Does your CV have any text in it which is below 10 point sizing?

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Question 3

Have you chosen to include any of your employer’s logos in your CV in an attempt to make it stand out or style it up?

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Question 4

Have you placed your name and contact info at the top of your CV, together with details of your address or location (where you reside e.g. London, New York, Dubai).

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Question 5

Have you listed your employment history in chronological order or reverse chronological order?

A: You’ve presented your career history in chronological order (the first job you ever assumed you’ve chosen to place at the front).

B: Reverse chronological order… if you’ve stated your most recent employer first, and your oldest employer last.

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Question 6

Which best describes the way in which your CV is laid out?

A: You’ve included gaps between different subject areas on your CV, spaced out paragraphs to display your information in clearly identifiable sections and used standard margins (you’ve not changed the default settings). You’ve used bullet points to highlight your responsibilities and achievements.

B: You’ve used every inch of the paper and populated it heavily with text to ensure you’re able to say as much as possible about yourself. You’ve changed the margins on the pages so that they are wider and or longer enabling you to include more content on each page. Perhaps you’ve even chosen to make use of small font sizes such as 9 point or less so that you can cram as much information on your CV as possible.

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Question 7

Which of these two statements applies to your profile or personal statement?

A: Five to seven lines, short and sharp! You’ve used it to say things about yourself which you can’t say elsewhere in your CV and/or taken the opportunity to show how an aspect/s of your background meets the particular needs of the employer to whom you’re applying i.e. you’ve tailored your profile with the needs of the job. You may even have included additional facts which substantiate your credentials.

B: You’ve used colourful words to describe your skills and personality in general.

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Question 8a

Which one of the following options best describes your educational qualifications and their location on your CV/resume?

You are highly qualified for your age with good academic achievements i.e. you’re young and so have little work experience.

A: You have placed these details at the FRONT

B: You have placed these details at the BACK

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Question 8b

Which one of the following options best describes your educational qualifications and their location on your CV/resume?

Your academic achievements and qualifications are average, but you have significant work/professional experience.

A: If you have placed these details at the FRONT

B: If you have placed these details at the BACK

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Question 8c

Which one of the following options best describes your educational qualifications and their location on your CV/resume?

Your academic achievements and qualifications are outstanding. For example, you have an MBA or Masters, or your degree is in a relevant subject area to the position for which you are applying.

A: If you have placed these details at the FRONT
B: If you have placed these details at the BACK

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Question 8d

Which one of the following options best describes your educational qualifications and their location on your CV/resume?

You are pursuing career change or career re-alignment and have qualifications which are relevant for your new target job/industry type.

A: If you have placed these details at the FRONT
B: If you have placed these details at the BACK

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Question 9

Are you confident that anyone reading your CV/resume will understand the nature of your employers’ lines of businesses?

Everyone has heard of Coca Cola, Microsoft and Google, and knows what they do but will it be clear from your CV which line of business your most recent and previous employers were in?

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Question 10

Are your job titles ones which will be universally understood? Some job titles are obscure, whilst they may be understood within your employer company may mean little or nothing to the outside world.

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Question 11

Is your CV properly aligned with the needs of the types of employers and job types for which you’re applying?

If you are applying for more than one type of job (perhaps you’re applying for 2 or 3 different types of jobs), have you developed two or three versions of your CV which better showcase your credentials for each target opportunity job type?

Where appropriate do you appreciate the importance of the need to tailor your CV to align it with the needs/interests of the employer and job for which you are applying?

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Question 12

Have you included in your CV/resume plenty of achievements and accomplishments which show your contribution with a positive balance, including facts and figures as well as responsibilities rather than purely responsibilities alone?

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Question 13

Have you considered the scope, scale and relevance of your achievements?

For example, sales volumes, order complexity, budgets, timescales, possibly number of reports and geographical coverage. Think about dynamics such as: too big, too small, too broad, too narrow, too dated. Think about how well your achievements align with the dynamics of the openings which you're applying for.

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Question 14

Does your CV include an excessive amount of technical jargon which might be difficult to understand for someone unfamiliar with the subject?

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Question 15

Have you included 'keywords' which prospective employers may choose to search on? What we mean here is keywords are ones which describe your credentials, specialist knowledge, industry know-how, qualifications and specialist skills?

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Question 16

How many pages are there in your CV/Resume?

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Question 17

Have you used the spell and grammar checker available in your Word, Docs, Pages or app?

Note: if you are dyslexic or if English isn’t your first language then you may wish to check out the Grammarly app.

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Question 18

Have you had someone check over your CV / Resume? Have you sat down and discussed your CV/resume with a knowledgeable person who you are confident can give you meaningful feedback in respect of your content/messaging?

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Hi, welcome to Bright-Future.com. Every day we help people like you apply their skills to new challenges. We’re not just a job search site and we are not a CV builder. Our proven 7-step plan has helped thousands of professional people realise their potential. Why not try it for yourself and see if your future can be brighter?


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What you’ll learn.

If you’re looking for a job you’re in the right place. Bright-Future.com is not a CV builder or a jobs board, it’s a job search roadmap and your guide to finding and securing your next job or career re-alignment. With our 7-step programme you’ll learn how to prepare a top class CV and build a professional LInkedIn profile that gets the attention of recruiters, you’ll master different search methods, interview techniques and finally how to optimise and progress your search until you find your perfect match.

How it works.

Concepts and methodology which you can access in Bright-Future.com have been evidenced to bring superior results for more than a quarter of a century in the “Outplacement” industry and repeatedly verified to accelerate job search success. The principles used in the “Outplacement” industry are applied commonly by all firms and coaches/consultants, in other words, they have similar approaches and methods, ones which are proven to bring a superior approach and results to job search, these are included in our 7 step job search roadmap.

Who it’s for.

Bright-Future.com is for you, if you’re a knowledge worker type, professional / semi-professional, senior manager or even a CXO. It’ll work well for you whether you are in sales, finance, marketing, customer services, legal, consulting, manufacturing, operations / logistics or IT and let’s not forget HR professionals who might be great at hiring people, but are not so adept at finding a job for themselves. It will help make your job search easier, more productive and more successful.

 
 

bright-future.com is like a set of online books

With insights, tips, self-help tools and templates

Contents include:

  • How to plan your job search.
  • How to better identify new choices of job and employer types
  • Starting your career – how to identify career pathways
  • Discover new types of job options.

  • CV tips and templates – what works and what doesn’t
  • LinkedIn tips – be found and elevate your credentials
  • How to access the hidden jobs market.
  • Explore and leverage all 5 job search methods.
  • Be chosen. How you can ace the interview and negotiate a salary package.

Subscribe now and you’ll get access to workflows designed to meet your specific needs, for career starters, semi-professionals, professionals and senior execs.

Read and follow step by step guides, apply tips, take advantage of insights as to what works and doesn’t.

Use our templates to apply to your CV and LinkedIn profile, to showcase your credentials at 100%.

Start your journey today.

We like to keep our pricing simple. Try for 7 days for free and then get unlimited access to Bright-Future.com for just £24.99 / 6 months. Cancel anytime. T&C’s apply.

Find a better job, faster.

 
 

bright-future.com is like a set of online books

With insights, tips, self-help tools and templates

Contents include:

How to plan your job search.

How to better identify new choices of job and employer types

Starting your career – how to identify career pathways

Discover new types of job options.

CV tips and templates – what works and what doesn’t

LinkedIn tips – be found and elevate your credentials

How to access the hidden jobs market.

Explore and leverage all 5 job search methods.

Be chosen. How you can ace the interview and negotiate a salary package.

Subscribe now and you’ll get access to workflows designed to meet your specific needs, for career starters, semi-professionals, professionals and senior execs.

Read and follow step by step guides, apply tips, take advantage of insights as to what works and doesn’t.

Use our templates to apply to your CV and LinkedIn profile, to showcase your credentials at 100%.

Start your journey today.

We like to keep our pricing simple. Try for 7 days for free and then get unlimited access to Bright-Future.com for just £24.99 / 6 months. Cancel anytime. T&C’s apply.

Find a better job, faster.

Credits

We acknowledge and credit the following: GROW Graham Alexander, Alan Fine, Sir John Whitmore. Strengths: Daniel Goleman, Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton, Tom Rath & Barry Conchie. Clifton Emotional Intelligence: Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, cofounders of TalentSmart, Peter Salovey and John Mayer. Social Intelligence: Edward Thorndike. Personality Profiling and Types: Myers-Briggs, Carl Jung. 16PF: Raymond Cattell. Human Needs: Abraham Maslow. Marginal Gains: Sir Dave Brailsford and Matt Parker. The Centre for Creative Leadership. Multiple sets of information sourced from Wikipedia. Some of the frameworks in bright-future are sequenced based on the GROW model, which is best put into practice along with SMART objectives. The GROW acronym stands for Goal, Reality, Obstacles or Options, and Way forward. Providing an invaluable tool to help keep your action plan well-structured and focused. GROW originated in the Inner Game theory developed by tennis coach Timothy Gallway. SMART is another acronym used in coaching and is often used in conjunction with GROW. It stands for: Specific | Measurable | Attainable | Relevant | Time-bound​… otherwise all content.