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Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answer to our most frequently asked questions.
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  • What's the difference between CV People's premium service and a budget CV service?
    When engaging a professional CV service there's typically two types of company you'll come across: Budget CV Mills Price Point: $100 - $500 NZD CV Writers: Usually overseas freelance copywriters Volume: Hundreds of generic CVs per week Project Time: 1 - 2 hours Process: Re-write or edit the existing CV. Work from templates. No direct communication with writer or via email. Usually 1 round of revisions Bespoke, Premier CV Writers - (CV People) Price Point: $800 - $1,200 NZD CV Writers: Directly employed master CV writers & application experts. 100% NZ based. Minimum 10 years experience Volume: Work with a maximum of 4 clients per week Project Time: 10 - 12 hours Process: Study of target positions. Critique of existing CV and report compiled. In-depth Strategy consultation call. CV written & design from scratch using only relevant skills, experience and achievements. CV designed & formatted around the written content. Follow up consultations. Unlimited revisions If you are looking for a fast, budget service, a CV mill may be an option for you. However, the likelihood is you're probably best saving your money and writing it yourself using the free advice contained in our blog. These operators typically outsource to non-native English speaking countries where labour is cheap and quality is poor. They don't include consultation calls, and limit revisions, producing templated, rushed CVs, often littered with mistakes and not an accurate reflection of their clients skills, experience and achievements. With competition for jobs at an all time high, a bespoke, professionally written, ATS optimised CV is the only way to guarantee more interviews. This is the level of service you can expect when engaging CV People®.
  • Which team should I work with?
    We have 5 dedicated teams who specialise in working with clients at that career level. Early Career/Entry Students and recent graduates who have less than two years total employment experience. Established Career Covers the vast majority of professions at non-managerial level. Management All mid-management including team leaders, supervisors and dept. managers. Executive Senior business leaders. C-Suite, board and business owners. Academic Professions where an academic CV is required (4+ pages). Typically lawyers, doctors, lecturers, etc. If you are unsure of your career level, give our onboarding team a call on 09 889 7629. We'll be happy to assist you in choosing the best team to work with for your unique career history and future aspirations.
  • Do your CV writers have experience in my industry?
    Extremely likely! Since 2011 we've grown our team to 65 specialist CV writers who work across 72 different industries. We've written in excess of 48,000 CVs for over 920 different professions. Our expertise includes, but is not limited to: • Accounting & Finance • Administration & Office Support • Arts & Entertainment • Building & Construction • Call Centre & Customer Service • Community Services • Design & Architecture • Education & Training • Engineering • FMCG • Government & Defence • Graduate Programs • Hospitality & Tourism • HR & Recruitment • Insurance & Superannuation • IT & Telecommunications • Legal • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics • Media & Communications • Medical & Healthcare • Mining • Not-for-Profit / NGOs • Project Management • Real Estate & Property • Sales & Marketing • Self-employment • Sport & Recreation • Trades & Other Services
  • What is the current turnaround time if I order my new CV today?
    Our standard turnaround is 3 business days from completion of your strategy consultation call. This is typically scheduled for the next business day following placement of your order. Express 1 & 2 business day turnarounds are also available.
  • How do I get started?
    To book in your CV, follow these steps: 1. Click the “GET STARTED” button on the package you wish to proceed. On the service page, click "Proceed to Checkout". 2. Complete your checkout. We accept PayPal and all major debit/credit cards including Apple & Google Pay. 3. Follow the link on your order confirmation page to create an account on our platform and upload your career history details. 4. Our team manager will assign your project and your CV writer will contact you to schedule your consultation call within 1 business day. Alternatively, call our onboarding team on 09 889 7629 to place your order (Office hours: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri).
  • What happens when I've placed my order?
    On completion of your checkout, you'll be redirected to your account section of our site to provide some information on your career history and your target positions moving forward, this only takes around 5 mins and allows us to assign the most experienced CV writer for your profession. Once complete, our management team will review this information and assign your CV writer, who will contact you to arrange a consultation call at a time that suits you. This is all done within 1 business day.
  • Who will be working on my CV? How do we communicate?
    We've cherry-picked the industry's top talent since 2011, recruiting an elite team of senior HR managers, veteran specialist recruiters and New Zealand's leading career coaches with over 400 years of combined industry experience. Our in-house recruitment and training program ensures our entire team possess an unmatched expertise in over 65 industries and are more than qualified to craft you a world-class CV, regardless of your industry and profession. The first stage of our process is to conduct a strategy consultation call with you. This can be completed over the phone or via Zoom and typically lasts around an hour. Throughout the entire process you can communicate via phone, Zoom or online chat within your account. All of our CV writers are New Zealand based and work Monday - Friday.
  • What is an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and how do they work?
    An applicant tracking system is a piece of software that 98% of job boards and individual companies now use to filter out unsuitable applications, saving the recruiter time reviewing unsuitable applications. The ATS is setup by the recruiter when they post their job advert on a job board (Seek, Indeed, etc.) or their own website. The recruiter submits the key requirements for the job, such as specific skills, education, experience, qualifications, etc. The ATS then uses CV parsing software to 'read' your CV and makes a decision as to whether you qualify to have your CV shown to the recruiter - or not. A frightening statistic is that 3/4 CVs are never actually seen by the recruiter and are automatically rejected by ATS software. The average ATS score against targeted positions is an astonishing low 34%, with only 1/17 CVs scoring above 90% for the candidates targeted positions (usually written by a professional CV writing service). If you're making applications that you are qualified for and receiving templated rejection emails or no feedback at all, your CV is likely being rejected by the ATS and not the hiring manager or recruiter. We guarantee to get your CV past the ATS for targeted positions.
  • Can I request revisions? How long will they take?
    Yes! Unlike budget services we don't limit your revisions. We strive to create the perfect CV for every client, and we don't stop working until that's exactly what you have. Your CV writer will deliver requested revisions by 5pm, the following business day, providing they have had the opportunity to clarify any extra information they require with you.
  • How does the CV People® 60 day interview guarantee work?
    Your success is our top priority, and we back it with our guarantee! Our professional CV writing service yields a 98% interview success rate within 60 days, rising to 100% within 90 days. However, in the unlikely event that you don't experience more interviews within 60 days of using your new CV, we'll rewrite and retarget your documents completely free of charge. We're the only CV writing service to offer such guarantees. This allows you to engage our service completely risk free.
  • Is my data safe? Do you share my details with anyone?
    Your data is 100% secure. All communication with your assigned consultant is through our secure server. Once we've completed your project all documents and communication are automatically deleted after 28 days. We never share or sell your data to any third party.
  • How do I apply the 50% off discount code?
    If you use the CV People site checkout, click "Proceed to Checkout", on the checkout page click "Add promotion code" and enter CAREER50. If you choose to checkout with PayPal, your discount will be applied automatically and you do not need to enter the promotion code.
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