CV books

Books to help you write the perfect CV

Whether you’re looking to move jobs or you’re going for your first ever position, your CV is the way you get your foot in the door. Start by checking out our guide on how to write a CV and our free CV templates.  If you’re looking for more help, these CV books are all highly recommended!

Our favourite CV books:

The CV Book

The CV Book is the definitive guide to CV writing, authored by James Innes, the Founder and Managing Director of The CV Centre. James has the reputation as one of the UK’s leading experts on the topic of CVs.

The advice given in the CV book is based on James’ experience and so is tried, tested and proven on a daily basis within The CV Centre, James’ business.

You’re hired! How to write a brilliant CV

This excellent book was put together by Corinne Mills who is the Managing Director of Personal Career Management, the UK’s leading career coaching and outplacement company ( She has worked as a career coach for the last 15 years and has worked with thousands of individuals to help them move into their target role. Here are a couple of reviews:

Goes beyond the usual staid advice. Expertly written with tons of helpful advice, this is a thoroughly researched guide to getting the most from your CV – and your career – Management Today

A CV book has to stand out from the crowd … has to impress with its good sense, its insight and its practicality. This one does. – The Daily Express

How to write brilliant cover letters

Your cover letter is the first thing would-be employers read when they get your job application, before they even get so far as to look at your CV.  So don’t blow it!  Here is another must-have book by James Innes to help you write the ultimate cover letter for your dream job. Brilliant Cover Letter includes free bonuses such as cover letter templates available for download and immediate use – and suitable for pretty much all purposes, from graduates to executives, and including templates for ‘special cases’, e.g. legal, medical, IT, teaching, etc.

How to write an impressive CV and cover letter: A comprehensive guide for the UK job seeker

This helpful book by Tracey Whitmore includes a step by step to writing both CV and cover letter.  One of the best things about the book is that it comes with a free CD containing sample CVs and templates, which have actually been used successfully. There’s also interviews with top HR professionals, who are often the first point of entry. The CD includes full transcripts of the interviews held with twelve industry experts from blue chip employers such as Vodafone, Tesco, KPMG, Korn Ferry and Jonathan Wren.

About Jen Wiss-Carline

Jen Wiss-Carline has been a Senior Manager and Consultant for several sizeable companies which included dealing with all aspects of staff management and recruitment. She is also a Chartered Legal Executive, and was admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.

Jen's qualifications include:
LL.B (Hons) (1st)
Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx)
PG Cert Bus Admin
PgDip Law (LPC)
LL.M (Master of Laws) (Distinction)

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