Exam failure? It’s not the End of the World

With A level results due out today, many students the length and breadth of the country will be looking forward with a mixture of excitement and dread to finally finding out their grades and whether they will get into the university of their choice. But for those who don’t get the grades they want or fail their exams, this is by no means the end of the road. History is littered with examples of people who all failed exams but went on to achieve world renown.

Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Winston Churchill are but four examples.

As a child Einstein was dyslexic and showed little scholastic ability, leaving school at 15 with no diploma and poor grades in history, geography and languages. The following year he applied to the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich and failed the entrance exam.

Newton graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge without honours or distinction, whilst Darwin was such a poor student that his father took him out of school saying “You are good for nothing but shooting, dogs and rat catching. You will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family”.

Meanwhile Churchill failed not once, but twice, the entrance exam for the Royal Military College.

More contemporary examples include Simon Cowell Sir Alan Sugar and Sir Richard Branson who all left school when they were 16, or Russell Brand who failed all his A levels.

So, if you don’t get the results you want today, or you failed an exam, it’s not the end of the world. Whilst it may be raising expectations too high that you will grow up to become the father of theoretical physics, establish the science of biology, become a world statesman, pop mogul or multi-billionaire businessman, it doesn’t mean you won’t have a long and successful career.

Will People Never Learn? Don’t Lie On Your CV

When writing your CV, you should always try to put a positive spin on it so that you sell yourself effectively to recruiters. But positive spin is one thing… outright lies are quite another and should be avoided at all costs.

Sounds obvious doesn’t it? But as quoted in The CV Book, “Surveys show that between 20 per cent and 35 per cent of candidates ‘lie’ to one degree or another when it comes to writing their CV.”

Most recently, City lawyer Michael McCooe lost his consultancy job with the London office of a leading international law firm as a direct result of inaccurate claims on his CV. Not only did he claim to have achieved an LLM in Competition Law from King’s College, he also stated that he completed a PhD in International Competition and Trade at the University of Zurich and a doctorate in International Competition Law from Trinity College. Pretty impressive stuff! In actual fact, McCooe just has a Postgraduate Diploma in EC Law from King’s.

Somehow, McCooe got past the interview stage without his credentials being checked but some people aren’t so lucky. One candidate claimed to be fluent in French on his CV and then got quite a shock when he came up against a half-French/half- English interviewer who consequently thought it quite reasonable to conduct the interview in French!

It should be pointed out that lying and not including certain information on your CV are two different things. For example, if a graduate achieved a third class degree, they may want to remove the classification from their CV as they may be up against candidates who have a 2:1 or a first.

That sort of omission is fine – they still have a degree after all. But the moral of the story… keep it real! Recruiters WILL find out about your lies and, once they have, all of your truths become questionable.

How Will Brexit Affect Your Career

Whatever your opinion may be following Friday’s Brexit referendum result, there is no denying that we have entered into a period of change.

News reports over the past few days have primarily been full of worrying reports about the economy, migrant status and social unrest. But, unless you followed the advice in our last blog post and are already planning your relocation to Mars, many of you may actually be wondering what impact this outcome will have on you, your job and your future.

The honest answer is … nobody really knows at this time! But, here at The CV Centre, we don’t want to associate this uncertainty with negativity.

So our advice to you at this time is not to panic! Whatever the long-term impact of Brexit may be, very little is going to change overnight when it comes to your career. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t consider what your options are and, indeed, what new opportunities may be available to you in the future. As Winston Churchill once said, “… an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Not everyone would share this optimism. But right now, the important thing is for everyone to focus on achieving and maintaining stability. One of the key messages being voiced by financial and business experts at this time is that nothing has really changed yet – after all, it will take more than two years for the UK to formally exit the EU.

The Governor of the Bank of England made it clear in his speech on Friday that they were fully prepared for this outcome. If you have any concerns that Brexit may have a negative impact on your job, you can be prepared too! Start taking action right now by getting your CV up to date and increasing your LinkedIn networking activities. Nobody knows yet what opportunities Brexit may bring about, but if you are fully prepared, you will be one of the first to find out!

Get your CV ready for your dream job on Mars!!

Do you have what it takes to help prepare Mars for future exploration and even occupation? Have you got the skills needed to build a new community on the red planet?

Then look no further than NASA. With a stunning series of recruitment posters, NASA reveals the types of candidates they may be looking for in the future. Explorers, surveyors, technicians, engineers, farmers and even teachers are the main targets of this poster campaign – positions that will be vital to successful human occupation and survival on Mars!

You can see the full range of amazing posters available for you to download here:


Okay so these positions may not be available quite yet … so probably you don’t need to be thinking about tailoring your CV towards life as a Martian any time soon. But it is worth considering that many of the jobs that future generations will be working in haven’t even been invented yet. Just as 50 years ago, we didn’t have millions of people around the world working in IT, social media or digital technology!

If you want to stay ahead of the competition, and to improve your current and future job search, keeping your skills relevant and up to date is vitally important. Make sure that you are taking advantage of any learning and development opportunities that come your way and that you are updating your CV accordingly. You never know when the ideal opportunity might arise, either locally or intergalactically! After all, the world of work is constantly changing… so much so that we might one day be calling it the “worlds” of work.

Live long and prosper.

Best Practices For Landing A Job In 2016

In today’s economy finding the right job is hard, getting an interview is harder and being chosen for the role is next to impossible without having the right tools in your arsenal. You will not be able to get a job quickly without finding the right approach that will open up opportunities. Keep on reading the following article to learn more great advice.

Speak to people you know when searching for a job. See if they are aware of any job leads that match your skill set. This is the best place to start, as someone who comes recommended is far more likely to be hired.

Use LinkedIn to your advantage when it comes to finding a resource. The Q&A section is a great place to show off what you know about the field you’re interested in. You will also ask questions yourself to find out about industry prospects from other users. Remember that an optimized LinkedIn profile can be a potential goldmine!

Being well-prepared is of the utmost importance when you’re seeking employment. Your CV should detail all of your current qualifications. You should list all of your achievements, including level of education, credentials and do not leave out anything that is relevant to your role.

Tip: Using a CV writing service can ensure your CV is of the utmost quality!

Try to maintain pleasant relationships with coworkers. You should always try your best to be easy to work with. This kind of reputation will help you find a new job in a snap.

Make a list of pertinent information that you can refer to when filling out applications. You’ll find yourself having to supply dates and information that you may not remember anymore. Having all the dates and information written down on a piece of paper is a smart idea. This will simplify the process of filling out your applications.

Research the type of job you are seeking and find out if different recruiters advertise the same sort of role but with another title. This will allow you to apply for more jobs within your scope.

You can see that you can get a lot of helpful information on finding your dream job. Taking your job hunt as a job in itself helps motivate you into being well prepared. Never give up and with that attitude you will find a position in no time!