Welcome to Career Pioneers

Welcome to Career Pioneers, a site providing professional CV services in Brighton, Hove and beyond.

Services include CV writing, CV reviews, LinkedIn profiles, LinkedIn reviews and personal profiles, I write around 80 CVs a year and have a remarkably high success rate of writing CVs that get people called to interview.

Please use the tabs above to read testimonials, find out costs, download some free CV examples and contact me if you’d like help with your CV or LinkedIn profile.


Personal profile examples

A Personal Profile is who you are

Personal profiles are the hardest things to write so I thought I’d show you a few examples of profiles I’ve written for previous clients. You’ll see they’re written in an easily-customisable framework so specific words can be removed and replaced depending on what’s required for the position you’re applying for and what skills and experience you personally have.

How to tailor your CV to a job description

Tailor your CV to match a job description

Every CV you send out needs to be tailored to each job you’re applying for – you did know that didn’t you? If you’ve been applying for different jobs at different companies with the same  CV then you need to stop immediately because you’ll never get a job that way. And here’s three good reasons why not:

How to get a new job

Pick me!

When I talk to people at their free CV consultation, the main thing I have to keep reminding them is that they don’t need to tell their life story in their CV or Covering Letter. People find it difficult to be concise and edit (read slash and burn) their career history, but if your info isn’t of the slightest interest to the recruiter, then it shouldn’t be in your CV. This is how it works:

How to do well at a job interview

How to fail a job interview

Most people are terrified of job interviews, but if you want a new job then you’ll definitely have to attend one at some point! You won’t get scared, stressed out and worked up over them if you plan and do your research. You wouldn’t go into an exam without being prepared and a job interview is no different – here’s how to do well at an interview:

Sometimes a robot decides if you get the interview

Resume Robot

You probably don’t know this, but when you apply for a job online your CV sometimes goes through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that scans your CV for keywords to decide whether to put it through to the next stage. In fact a recent BBC survey of 20 of the world’s biggest organisations discovered that 18 of them used some type of electronic selection. Scary huh?

How to change careers

How to change your career

Whilst I know how to write a CV for someone changing their career, I’m not a Career Coach and can’t help people decide which path they should take. In fact, I actually make a point of never taking on client if they don’t know what they want to do as their CV will lack focus and won’t get them a job – and that’s the whole point of what I do. Instead I refer them to Mark Anderson from Kickstart Careers so he can help them work out what they want to do and how to get there.

What to do about a gap in your work history

Mind the career gap!

I get quite a few questions from readers asking what they should do if they have a gap in their work history. It might be that they chose to take a career break, took time off to raise a family or they needed to stop work to look after a family member – but they always worry about how to present this on their CV. This is what I think you should do:

Should you pay someone to write your CV?

Get someone else to write your CV

I recently had this comment from a reader on one of my blog posts: “Hi Jo, do you think it makes a big difference in having your CV professionally created for you?“. I thought a lot of people might wonder about this so this is what I wrote in response:

How to write a great LinkedIn profile

How to Write a Great LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is the go-to place for professionals. Its sole purpose is to act as a place where people can do business with each other, but there are so many sorry, half-finished, boring and un-optimised profiles that, if they’re not driving away potential clients, customers or employers then I’m Willie Nelson.