After completing higher education, writing a CV can seem like a challenge if you don’t have a lot of experience. It may seem like the best option to cram as much job history as possible in order to fill out your application, whether it’s relevant or not. However, this does not need to be the case and your success in getting your first job post-uni could come down to the way the CV is formatted and stylised.
Most CVs contain personal statements. A graduate’s, like others, should be tailored to the role that you are applying for and avoid generic statements about character and work ethic. It should emphasise what your career goals are, the skills learnt during your degree, and how these skills can be valuable to the employer. Of course, if the grade obtained is a good one, it is recommended that it be mentioned in this introduction.
It is often recommended to professionals that education take a back seat during CV writing, as many employers prioritise experience. For the graduate, however, time spent during education may be the most recent and valuable experience they have amassed so far. When writing about your university degree, consider individual modules taken and explain to the employer how the skills developed during each programme evolved your analytical thinking, creativity and organisation, all while remaining relevant to the role you are applying for.
For college and high school qualifications, listing the grades should suffice – with some extra detail given to Maths and English for those educated in the Britain.
Though this section is optional depending on what you list as an interest, it is altogether beneficial to list hobbies that paint you as an attractive candidate. If your passion for musicianship translates into a reputable instrument grade and example of dedication, it should of course be included in the CV. Additionally, university clubs and publications can enhance your resume.
Hiring managers will not expect a graduate’s employment history to be rich in detail. Make the most of the experiences you have, regardless of them being internships or part-time jobs. Each job will have taught you at least one transferrable skill, whether it be customer service or office administration. If you have never been in a form of employment and are finding the job search challenging, consider prioritising internships before pursuing full-time jobs.
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