Professional guidance and advise to the Graduates writing a CV

Firstly, if you are writing you first professional CV or updating your current CV this blog is for you.

A CV is an important part of finding a job. A CV should include all the necessary information about you without going on too much about your life story. Additionally, they also do not require a photo or lots of colours to stand out. On the other hand, it just needs to be professional, factual and well written.


Personal Details

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. Please ensure your email address is of a professional manner and not 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. I’m now looking for a career in the Technology field.”

Education and Skills

Education information along with skills should be listed next. This is so the person reading your CV can see how far you went within education. Subsequently, if you hold any relevant qualifications early on in their read.

Professional Work Experience – 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 as employers like to see your real people and you may have a common interest that piques their interest in you.

Additional professional 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.

Qualifications likes first aid trained is a nice additional piece of information. Firstly, your certificates are normally yours and not the company who paid for them so they move with you. So without a doubt, if it has not expired add it as a qualification.

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.