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March 06, 2016
Day 6: Here are 4 tips to create a great graduate CV

In many cases, your CV will be just as important as your application letter.

It offers a brief overview of your achievements, experience and projects. It’s an overview of your professional self, outlining how you add value, marking your achievements and giving an idea of your future ambitions.

It’s the contents of the CV. skills and experience, laid out in an easy to read format that is most important. You can see the timing, their study, that’s more important than the way they have constructed the sentence.

Here are some tips to create a great graduate CV:

  1. Tailor it to the organisation you are applying to. It should be written or tailored to address the culture, values and areas of focus of the organisation you’re applying for. Look at the language on the website of where you’re applying, and identify how you can bring additional value to your achievements with such language. If for example you are applying to a creative media start-up – your CV could be more colourful or creative. But if applying to a corporate company a more professional look would be better.

  2. Format is key. Ensure it’s well-formatted, spell-checked and looks as professional as possible. HR professionals receive thousands of CVs. If unsightly fonts, really long paragraphs or poor grammar make their job of reading the CV difficult there’s a high chance it will be binned straight away.

  3. Hobbies are important. I would recommend listing hobbies and life experiences, as these will help provide hiring managers with an overview of you as a whole.

  4. Include an intro paragraph. She also suggests including an introductory paragraph at the top of your CV, aiming to specifically address the relevance of your experience to the company you’re applying for.

  5. Stand out from the crowd – in a good way. When you’re competing against other grads for the best positions, you’ve got to stand out from the crowd or risk being lost in a sea of similar applications and CVs. If for example you’re applying for a creative role, be creative with your CV design. Also include blogs, websites or any extracurricular online information you can direct a recruiter to.

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