Writing About Home Businesses: 7 CV Writing


This rather ominous-sounding title may at first be a little off-putting, and I wouldn’t blame anyone tempted to skip this proposition in favour of more familiar-sounding business ventures.

But think again, for here we have an excellent opportunity to make up to #25 each time a conversation takes place with the potential customer and the details of that conversation are put to paper.

A curriculum vitae is nothing more than the biographical details, personal and career-related, of persons wishing to change jobs, seek advancement, and undergo virtually any change in their working lives, which necessitates them giving interviewers, employers, and college heads sufficient details to make a full and accurate assessment of the candidate.

At one time the humble application form was the order of the day, requiring one to neatly present personal data in little boxes on the employer’s or whoever’s individual forms.

But forms presented several problems, not the let being that their designers, who like the rest of us are not infallible, often asked ambiguous questions, or else allowed no space for the inclusion of information which those labouring over the form considered of vital importance.  In the later case, the astute applicant would add a typed or hand written addendum to the application before submission.

On too many occasions though, even the experienced applicant could be left with that niggling feeling of, albeit inadvertently, answering a question ‘not quite accurately’ or inadequately, or wishing that extra space had been available for more detailed information.

Here the curriculum vitae comes to the rescue, offering the candidate the facility t include in the application all of those details which he and the intended recipient feel necessary for a fair analysis to be made.  It contains all of the information required on a standard application form and those additional points peculiar to the individual applicant.

But how does the inexperienced applicant or those with insufficient time or inadequate facilities go about the task of preparing this ostentatiously named document in a neat, orderly and professional manner?  The answer is – they don’t – they get someone more experienced to prepare the document on their behalf.

This service, much needed in today’s competitive job and education market, has led to the emergence of many specialist ‘CV’ enterprises.

Fees range from #20 to #25 and more, and all for what essentially amounts to handing over a few copies of a short document.

Some offer the document in ‘designer’ folder, often with the customer’s name and address gold-leafed on the front.  ‘Very nice’ you might think, and yes it is – and very expensive too.  To my mind such glossing over is also highly unnecessary.  The documents will not be forwarded to the intending employer in their glamorous cases, and surely, the more costs and kept to a minimum whilst still providing a reliable and accurate service, the more competitive will be the price asked of the customer, and the more customers will thereby be attracted.

The person who decides to enter this lucrative business must of necessity possess two prime qualifications: an ability to put his or her customers at ease as personal details are elicited as fully and accurately as possible, and, access to a good typewriter or if all possible, a word processor or typesetting facilities.  The end result is professional, and in the majority of cases where word processors are used, also completely free of typing and spelling errors.

Should this business seem a likely proposition for you, then send off to several existing CV agencies for details of their services, obviously presenting yourself as someone likely to require their services.  You will then be able to judge for yourself what documentation and advertising is employed by the better firms, as well as taking the undoubted advantage of incorporating the better points of all agencies
into your own.

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