Thursday, 12 August 2010

My Top 5 CV Tips

I'm always hearing how graduates need to "stand out" from the crowd. One of the key ways to do this is through your CV. The CV is your chance to sell yourself, it's brand you.

I've been scanning the Internet for the best advice on writing a graduate CV. I've posted some of the articles in the links section.

Here are my top tips:

1. Scrap the personal statement
"Hi, i'm Chris. I'm confident, enthusiastic, motivated and every other positive description under the sun". There's no way you can really prove this. Saying something like, "I'm a hard-worker" can even work negatively - isn't this an assumption you shouldn't need to state? Instead, add your career goals, what your looking for, what you want and where your going.

2. Show you're a digital native
Being "digital natives" (used that phrase many a time during my dissertation!), we should really take advantage of growing up with new technologies and understanding them. At the top of your CV add your Twitter username, Blog and Linked In profile - this shows employers your online presence. Employers are going to Google you, so take one step forward and give them the information so they can find out more about you.

3. Don't just describe
"Whilst at university, I worked at the local students union bar". Boring.
You really need to add value to show employees WHY they should employee you.
"I was part of the team which raised record profits during a students union night"
This is just a quick example, but it shows the value you added to doing a simple job, how you made a difference. It's not just a simple mundane description which adds no use at all. Demonstrate what you've achieved opposed to what you've done. 

4. Show your life outside of work
Demonstrate to employers a bit about you. Add voluntary positions, extra curricular actives, personal achievements that separate you away from other employees. Every graduate applying for the job may have a 2.1. But, none of them will have the same experiences and background as you. This is a key way you can stand out by showing how you are different.

5. Be Realistic
When making your CV, bear in mind if the employers is looking for "three years experience", then make sure you have it. Your going to have to start somewhere, so if you haven't got the experience, as good as your CV is, it doesn't mean your going to get the job.

If you've got any advice or comments, please share below.

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