CV writing from only £25? Most job applicants would say “I’m in!” But for us with a bit of experience with online writing services, the price is shady. High-quality writers, who invested in certifications, won’t write for such a low price. The turnaround time is only two days, and that made things even more interesting.
After reading other Purple CV reviews, I decided to try this service by myself and see what it offers. I ordered a package there. It was so cheap that I couldn’t help myself; I had to order something more than a CV. Are you as curious as I was? I’ll share all the details in the review that follows.
Table of Contents
You can get four types of CVs from PurpleCV.co.uk:
- Early Career (0 – 3 years of experience)
- The Next Step (3 – 10 years of experience)
- Advanced Career (10+ years of experience)
- Specialist (for niche professions)
The Specialist CV is more expensive. All others, however, are quite affordable.
Purple CV is special because in addition to job application documents, they also offer a social media profile service. That’s an important thing for everyone who wants to capture the attention of recruiters in their industry.
Under the category “Accessories,” you can get a cover letter, copy pack (a CV printed on high-quality paper). The only thing I would love seeing in addition to these services is a thank-you/follow-up letter. A resume would be nice, too. Many UK job candidates apply for jobs in foreign countries, where the CV format is not relevant.
Prices, Discounts and Special Features
The prices here are very affordable. You don’t often see a price of £25 for a CV. If you want a package of a CV, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile, you’ll only pay £70 (that was the package I chose). It’s an entry-level job application package for applicants with 0-3 years of experience. The Specialist CV costs £175. When compared to the other offers, it’s much more expensive. Just for comparison, an Advanced Career CV costs only £55.
Why is the Specialist CV so expensive? It’s specifically tailored towards your niche industry. This explains things: the other CVs are generic; that’s why they are so affordable.
Writer Certifications and Service Guarantees
The founder of Purple CV has over 15 years of experience as a recruiter and HR expert. He has reviewed many CVs over the years, so he’s supposed to know what a proper application looks like. However, there’s not much information about the writers at this website. We don’t know who writes the CVs. Is it Andrew, the founder? Can he handle a constant stream of orders with two-day delivery guarantee?
The website mentions the direct collaboration with the writer, but I didn’t have such an opportunity. I tried contacting them, but no one responded. The CV was still delivered on time, but the lack of communication surely affected the final result.
Quality of the Ordered Product
I didn’t like it.
After placing the order to write my purple cv review, I read through the website and realized that for this price, you’re not getting a CV targeted at your niche. It’s just a template filled in with the information you provide for the team.
There are plenty of free templates online. Instead of paying money to get this kind of CV done, I recommend filling such a template instead.
As for the cover letter, it was a complete disaster. It was just a template filled in with my name and the position I was targeting. Content like this does not work for serious job applicants.
Meeting of Deadlines
PurpleCV.co.uk promises to deliver your CV in two days. If you need it sooner, you can use the “Express Service” accessory. For only £20 extra, you’ll get your order prepared within 24 hours. However, keep in mind that you can’t get a Specialist CV under this deadline. The deadline for that one is five days, and there’s no flexibility around it.
I was impressed by the cheap prices at first. However, after receiving the CV that I ordered, I realized it was not worth the price. £25 is not much, but it’s not an amount I’d like to waste.
If you don’t mind getting a CV based on a template, I suggest filling in the template yourself.
Users Purple CV Reviews
I purchased the “Advanced career CV” on Wednesday 8th, expecting the first draft on Monday 13th, the latest . I receive an email from Julia, saying that it would take 3-4 working days (instead of 2 as advertised). Fine, I’ll wait. The next Wednesday 15th, I get an email again asking for *even* more time, copy pasting from a template (you could tell easily by the font differences). Not a great impression when you’re trying to get something written specifically for you, right? Julia eventually sends me the first draft on Monday 20th, with some dates missing and my name misspelled. Although the format is obviously a template (I had seen it before when I was recruiting for my work), the content was very good and she went out her way using my LinkedIn profile. I like it, but I ask Julia to tailor the format a bit and make it less busy. No answer at all for a week, only replied when I chased her with a second email. She sends a second cv still misspelled, still dates missing. Fine, I give up — I’ll edit it myself.
The package that I selected was the £85 option for people that have been in the industry between 3-10 Years. This package was supposed to include CV and cover letter and a LinkedIn profile. I submitted my old CVon the Monday 16th of March along with a job description of a job I was going to apply for. This was purchased in the evening on the Monday around 10pm. On their website it states that you will get your completed CV back within two days. My CV was sent to a CV writer on Tuesday morning called Sophie. Theoretically I should have received my CV by Thursday evening at the latest. I never received any sort of confirmation that purple CV had even received my CV the only confirmation I got was via PayPal receipt. I made contact with them and they said that it was fine and being dealt with. Quickly the CV writer Sophie responded to me saying that my CV should be ready by Friday. Already this was out of the time frame. I have had more headache chasing this company than I would have writing my own CV and cover letter. The whole point of me using the service was because I didn’t have enough time with working a full-time job, to sit down and rewrite a CV cover letter and LinkedIn profile. As of Saturday morning I still hadn’t heard anything. So I emailed the CV writer and she said that she would then have the CV to me by mid day on Saturday. Lo and behold it never arrived. I got back in touch with her and she claimed that she sent everything over via email. Which was very ironic as she told me this all via email. However the email with the CV and all the documents on have never been sent through. When I asked for proof of this she said that she couldn’t send it over email I want to send it via What’s app. I got a photo of the laptop and the email typed out but no confirmation that it had been actually sent. The job that I originally wanted to apply for had closed and I was back to square one.