6 CV writing tips for graduates

By Andrew Fennell

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As a newly graduated candidate, writing your CV for the first time can be difficult. With little or no work experience and often no previous exposure to the common practices of CV writing, it’s understandable that graduates’ CVs do not always reflect their true abilities. So CV writing service Standout CV and graduate recruitment firm Inspiring Interns have teamed up to create this useful infographic giving graduates 6 tips for creating an impressive CV.

Firstly, you should keep your CV simple by using a clean easy-to-read font and ensuring the length is under 2 pages. Carry out some thorough research to determine exactly what content should go into your CV; start by scanning through plenty of relevant job adverts to pick out the skills and knowledge your target roles require and also look on their websites to find out what traits they look for in employees. Once you know what your potential employers will be looking for, pack the top quarter of your CV with key terms to make an instant impact on readers.

To make up for your lack of work experience, draw on skills gained from other areas of your life such as work placements, volunteering and professional courses which can show skills such as organisation, planning and teamwork. Sell yourself with a powerful introductory personal statement and don’t forget to include a cover letter that gives solid reasons for recruiters to open your CV. If you have some impressive interests such as sports achievements or event organisation, detail them to show your extracurricular skills.

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