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CV tips for graduates

 

 

Personal statement

Your personal statement is perhaps the single most important part of you CV. Get it wrong and your chances of being invited to interview are drastically reduced.

Its aim is to highlight your professional attributes and goals, summarising why someone should consider your application.

My skills

Technical Skills
Show that you have the relevant knowledge required to succeed in the role.
Include computer software you have used and relevant training courses.

Personal Skills
Include some of your main attributes that are vital to the role.
Good communication and flexibility are qualities that all employers look for, if you are changing careers these transferable skills will aid your application.

 

Certificates and memberships

Include any relevant professional qualifications here.
Make sure your most impressive accreditations are highest and most easily visible.
Add in any professional associations of which you are a member.

Education

University name, location - course title, grade.
College name, location - course title, grade.
School name, location then grades.

Briefly explain how the courses you took have led you to your chosen career path.

Employment

Set this segment out as such;

Job title
Company name
Location
Dates of employment


You should give your reader a brief introduction to what the company does and explain a bit about the responsibilities your role covered. Find out more about the employment history section of your CV.

Key Achievements:

Provide a list of the key achievements you have made in your job.
Try to show evidence such as percentage increases or financial figures.
Always keep examples relevant to the role you are applying for.
Find out more about how to identify your achievements.

For older jobs you should keep the details slightly shorter, only offering information that will help you reach the next stage in your career.

Key Achievements:

Try to avoid cliché that don’t differentiate you as a candidate.
Always tailor your CV for each job application to match the requirements.

Personal interests

Outside interests enable a potential employer to gain an understanding to what motivates you, what personal skills you may have and how you will integrate into the team.

Look at how job advertisements stipulate certain personality traits required for positions. Identify what they are and show how your hobbies can relate to their requirements.

References

Always make references available on request.

You can include the contact details of your most recent referee if you wish.

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