How to create a graduate CV that wins interviews
|April 13, 2016||Posted by experts under Interview Tips, UK Job News||
Standing out in an already overcrowded graduate market can be difficult, however, by using the following, tips you have more chance of catching the interest of a potential employer and being selected for a graduate position.
Understand what the employer wants
Begin by taking the time to understand exactly what the employer wants. Make sure your CV represents the skills and personal qualities that the employer is asking for in their advertisement and research the company so you understand enough about it. You’ll also want to use your graduate CV to explain the value that your unique skillset can add to their company.
Create a profile
Your profile needs to be short and to the point, but that doesn’t mean it has to be uninteresting. Creating a captivating profile will help you to stand out from the other candidates; it will make the potential employer want to find out more about you, and an engaging profile provides the ideal opportunity to set out why you are the best person for the job.
Only include the most relevant information
Potential employers won’t have a lot of time to review your CV; for this reason, it’s important to only include the information that is most relevant to the job. Only detail the skills, experience and personal qualities that are essential to the role and use the job advertisement as a guide to help you do this. The certificates you have earned and any additional skills such as the ability to speak a second language should also be included on your CV, and throughout the CV provide, relevant, solid examples of your skillset.
Highlight the relevant qualifications
One barrier to work many graduates face is they are often told they are over qualified or their degree might not be suitable for the post they are applying for. If this is your first job,and you’re just looking for a role to tide you over, only include the qualifications or aspects of your degree that are most relevant to the position.
Set out your goals
Your CV is an ideal opportunity to set out the goals your career goals. Be clear and concise and explain the unique skills and qualifications you will use to achieve these goals; this helps set you aside from other candidates and demonstrates that you are serious about your career.
Detail your skills and experience
If you work experience is limited, or just not appropriate for the job you’re applying for, detail any extra curriculum activities or interests that you might have taken part in while you were at university, and explain any of the responsibilities you held. It also useful to detail the experience you have gained from placements and volunteer work in the community.