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Jobulo: Finally Our CV Writing App is Ready!

I don’t normally talk about work stuff here as I try to keep it about the (generally) more fun and interesting aspects of life! However I’ve got to make an exception in this case as this project has truly been a labour of love. It started as an idea over three years ago when we realised there was no decent web based app that helped people write the one document that was pivotal to the majority of job applications – the CV. Considering its importance in the world of work it’s kind of weird schools and colleges don’t cover it in more detail I reckon. I’ve spoke to so many employers over the last few years that have said the range of quality in CVs they receive when hiring for a new position ranges from atrocious to fantastic and it quite often has no bearing on the applicant. Unfortunately it just seems that some people have no idea what to put on a CV despite being perfectly capable individuals. That’s understandable too; if you haven’t had to apply for many jobs why would you know exactly what your CV should look like?

This is the sort of cool looking CV you can make using Jobulo
This is the sort of cool looking CV you can make using Jobulo.

So we set about envisaging an easy to use web based application that broke down the steps to writing a good CV into manageable sections, offering help and advice as to what an employer is looking for along the way. Each portion of a standard CV was broken down and given it’s own specific page with targeted tips and advice articles on the kind of things that should be entered. We’ve got dedicated pages on the Personal Statement, Education & Work History as well as suggestions for Skills, Hobbies and References. It’s a holistic approach to CV writing and one that puts the job applicant behind the wheel so, although our suggestions are there, it’s the voice of the applicant that gets heard via the final CV.

We worked hard on making Jobulo look great on mobile devices too.
We worked hard on making Jobulo look great on mobile devices too.

We also knew we needed to display the finished documents in a variety of professional design styles to offer CV templates to suit each individual and/or occupation. We also wanted it to be accessible to people that had little or no money to spend on their job search. With that in mind we thought feck it, let’s make the majority of it free with some extra bells and whistles for those who fancy an elevated service.

Jobulo CV Writing App
A lot of time was spent analysing CV template designs… and drinking tea.

After much brow furrowing, heart-ache, headaches and early coffee fueled shower-less mornings at the PC, Jobulo was finally born last night. The mixture of relief and joy I felt was quite refreshing and now comes the fun bit – actually seeing people get some use out of it! Sounds trite I know, but if you are looking to update your CV you won’t find a better way to do it, go-an give it a try.

Jobulo CV Templates
CVs a plenty,

Ornamental Drive

Ornamental Drive, New Forest
Sequoias at Ornamental Drive. See, there are trees in the New Forest!

I’ve met a few visitors to this area that have said they find the fact it’s called ‘The New Forest‘ funny considering there’s not many trees. One fella even claimed there were no trees. He’d had a few of Ringwood’s finest though, so his claims had to be taken with a pinch of salt. I think  on the whole tourists don’t expect to see so much heath land – there is a fair bit of that throughout the forest, however there are tonnes of trees too. Generally if people haven’t found many trees then, they haven’t been looking too hard. Ornamental Drive is one of the prettiest of the wooded areas in the forest, and it has trees, tall ones. Big sequoias and redwoods can be found here as well as some great cycling routes – on and off road. If you’re visiting the forest it’s a definite spot for the checklist.

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Blackpool

I’m pretty scared of heights and hence have a fear of getting loosely strapped into something that’s going to climb very high and then hurtle you towards the ground, so considering I’m not a particular fan of Blackpool either you can quite rightly be confused as to why I battled 7 hours of torrid motorway to go on The Big One.

A brief bit of sunshine inbetween 40mph gusts and hail.... it's grim oop north.
A brief bit of sunshine inbetween 40mph gusts and hail…. it’s grim oop north.

It wasn’t my idea this Blackpool trip, the family forced me to do it and standing in the queue for the Big’un listening to the announcement tape (that I think is supposed to get you amped up) saying that you’ll reach 85mph, climbing 250ft on one of the biggest coasters in Europe and be placed under loads of over 3G (not the phone signal G) I was bricking it. I wanted to bail out even more when I saw that only lap belts kept you in the car- not the re-assuring over the shoulder jobs that weld you in place. In the end I took some advice from my sister’s boyfriend who just approached the ordeal in a different way – ‘it’s a task that has to be done, just get through it and you might enjoy it at the end’

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And actually he was right, I survived and the Big’un was pretty damn fun, I’d even go on it again, I’d have to figure out a different way of getting up there than the M6 though – that’s a ride I don’t want to repeat.

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Skateboarding

K-Grind, circa 2010
K-Grind, circa 2010

Not sure if I can still do these to be honest, haven’t picked up the skateboard in a while, over a year I think. The place in the pic evokes some fond memories though…. Growing up as kids this was one of the only spots near us that had a skateable curb and was undercover – so when it rained a lot and you were in need of a roll around and a few grinds this was the go-to spot, the curb was tiny as well so a great place to learn new stuff and then take it to bigger ledges which was always a bit of a learning curve. For ages I had tailslides dialed at this Subway spot but couldn’t ollie high enough to get them locked in on bigger ledges, it took months till I got there but with most things if you set your mind to it and practice – you’ll get there. I must admit I really do miss the days of rolling around the skate park and hanging out with friends all afternoon having so much fun you forget to eat and only stop when the sun goes in but we can’t stay kids forever… Or can we?