More professional guidance and advice for Graduate CV writing

Firstly, if you are writing your first CV or updating your current CV this blog is for you. We have spoken to out experts and this is there professional guidance on what they know works.

A CV is an important part of finding a job. A CV should include all the necessary information. Remember this is a sales tool for a company to believe you are the right fit for them. You do not need to include a photo. Furthermore, it needs to be factual and well written.

Professional Guidance

Professional guidance on Personal Details

Secondly, All good CVs should include some personal details. How else will the person reading it be able to get hold of you? Make sure you include Name, area you live, phone number and email address. Additionally, please ensure the email address is of a professional manner. Not the one you created at the age of 12 thinking you were funny.

You can include a personal statement at the start giving the reader a brief insight of you, your strengths, and your goal. For example: I’m a confident graduate who is excited to learn new things. With great organisational and time keeping skills along with strong IT talent. Therefore ,I’m now looking for a career in the Technology field.” If you are applying for a particular role the statement should relate to that role.

Education and Skills

Education information along with skills should be listed next. You should always start with the most recent and go down in order. It is wise to include modules you have studied during your degree, particularly ones that are relevant to the role/scheme you are applying for so you can demonstrate your knowledge. Always be honest about your qualifications and results, most employers will ask for proof of qualifications.

Work Experience – Professional Guidance is to Stick to the facts

Listing down job roles that you have done in the past is brilliant. Furthermore, include dates. Ensure that you order it with your most recent job first and work backwards. Additionally, you do not need to list every single job you have had. Undoubtedly, you should keep your CV no longer than two pages, so keep the roles and skills relevant.  

Sticking to factual information is vitally important on a CV. The person reading it can check the details and if it is found that you lied on a CV you are simply not going to get the job. Is it worth the risk of losing a fabulous opportunity?

Hobbies and Interests

Its nice to include some brief information on these especially if your hobby or interest is unique or you have chieved a certain level or stage, demonstrating commitment. You may have a common interest that piques their interest in you.

Additional information to include

What else can you include?

If you drive and have your own car is always something worth noting. Some employers see this as a benefit. Additionally, if you are learning to drive and have a test booked for the future.

Training or certificates taken outside of work are  a good add on such as first aid trained.

Reference information if you have anyone.

Have you considered a cover letter? Check out our blog to help explain it in more detail.

Above all, if you would like any help or support with finding a Graduate role, then please do contact us. Additionally, check out our LinkedIn for up to date job posts.