Welcome to Career Pioneers!

Hi there and welcome to my site. My name is Jo and I’m a professional CV writer.

Based in Brighton and Hove, I write and review CVs and LinkedIn profiles for local, national and international clients and have a phenomenally 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, personal profile or LinkedIn profile.

How to write a great cover letter

How to write a great cover letter

Cover letter/covering letter… whatever! One of the hardest things when looking for a new job is knowing how to write that damned letter that goes with your CV. But if you follow my advice, download the free examples at the end, then tailor them to reflect your own situation and skills, you can go off and do something more fun!

Where to find your dream job

Where to find your dream job

You want a new job but where do you look? Most people will simply look for an online vacancy and then apply for it – but there are actually much better ways to look for a job. Here’s eight ways to find your dream job that you might not have considered.

How to write a great CV

How to write a great CV

To get a new job you need to find a role you want at a company you’d like to work for so you can convince them to hire you. And to be hired you have to get an interview and do well at that interview. And to get the interview someone has to read and like your CV. And that only happens if someone has read and liked your cover letter!

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 CV consultation, the thing I have to keep reminding them is not to tell their life story in their CV or cover 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 interviews, but if you want a new job then you’ll definitely have to attend one at some point! You won’t get stressed 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 exactly the same – here’s how to nail 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.