Tuesday, 18 November 2014

How to write the Best Graduate CV

Finishing university and entering the working world is a daunting time for any graduate. Whatever your career ambitions, getting your foot on the career ladder can be difficult if you’re not prepared.

A CV is a chance for you to demonstrate your personal qualities, key competencies and technical skills. However, it’s important to remember that employers will receive dozens, or even hundreds of applications for one role, so it’s important to make your CV stand out. If you need professional help creating a CV, recruitment experts like Stem Graduates will be able to offer you tailored assistance.

To help get your started on writing an impressive CV, take a look at these useful tips:

Education
Your education and qualifications should be a priority. Starting with your most recent qualifications, list your degree, A levels and GCSEs. Stating the number of GCSEs and general grades should be sufficient, unless the employer has requested for specific classifications.You may also want to highlight other qualifications or modules you have undertaken which are relevant to the job you are applying for.

Career history
As a graduate, it may be that you have little previous work experience. If this is the case, it’s best to keep this section fairly brief, including dates of employment, job title, the name of the organisation and a list of your key responsibilities. Rather than listing generic duties, try to provide examples that demonstrate your achievements, including any targets you have met.

It is also crucial that you tailor your CV to the job in question and try to avoid general descriptions that don’t add any value. If your work experience is irrelevant, leave it out.

Extra curricular
Whether you add an extra curricular section is up to you. If you feel that you have particular interests or hobbies that will support your application, feel free to include them. However, be careful to avoid anything that doesn’t add significant value, such as socialising with friends.

Other considerations
If you are going to add an introductory personal statement, make sure it is focused and relevant. It is always worthwhile researching the position and company before you write your CV to get a better idea of what they are looking for. Remember that employers may be scan-reading CVs, so it’s important to be concise and give them a reason to take your application to the next stage. As a general rule of thumb, focus on what you can offer and what makes you different from other candidates.You should also write a cover letter for each role you apply for to support your CV and highlight your assets.

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