6 Tips to strengthen your graduate CV

September.

If you're a recent graduate then it's the month that marks the end of Summer and the start of life after education.

Constructing your first graduate CV can seem like a daunting challenge, especially when you don't have a lot of professional expertise yet. And the guidance your career advisor gave you at university is obsolete or overlooked now. You will undoubtedly feel intimidated and uncertain of where to start.

You're not the only one. Chances are your fellow classmates are struggling through this same issue. That being said, let me encourage you that just because your background is mostly academic, it doesn't mean you can't construct a successful graduate cv that demonstrates your employability.

Your CV is the first chance for graduates like you to market yourself to a prospective employer. But after many years of university studies, dozens of graduates will notice that the demand can be extremely high when applying for graduate jobs – and your degree or credential won't automatically be sufficient to set you aside.

It's all too common to realise that your CV drops to the bottom of recruiters heap even with decent results; but there's much more you can do to give your CV a much desired uplift. Let's take a look at a few simple ways to boost your CV despite having little to no job experience.

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Make yourself contactable

Essentially, bring the important details to the first. This requires your full name , current location contact details i.e. email and phone number. If you're still rocking an email address you created in your teens like babycakes2k2@hotmail.com we recommend changing this to something more professional...for obvious reasons 

Link any professional profiles such as LinkedIn below your contact information. Be sure that they are up-to-date and for extra brownie points be active on those platforms where possible, displaying your enthusiasm in the area of work in which you are seeking employment will work in your.

Pitch yourself with a strong personal statement

If you are lacking work experience a clear personal statement is especially relevant, since this is the section where you can articulate why you are eligible for this position and how you'd be qualified. If youve no experience within a particular industry, this information may not be entirely apparent. But look at it this way, to a hiring manager it would be evident why a sales representative with years of professional experience would be interviewing for yet another sales job. But if you are a Geography graduate, a potential employer can find it harder to consider why you're applying for a sales job.

Therefore, utilise your short statement to present yourself to the position you are applying for and explain how your interests, educational and employment background, or core competences, connect.

Show off your core competences

Next compile a bullet pointed list of core competencies. Because of your lack of practical experience, this aspect can seem difficult. However, there are multiple skills you do not consider that are searched for by employers. Examples include expertise in communication, time management , evaluation, collaboration, critical thinking, leadership and presenting. This can be split up into interdisciplinary competences, portable skills and soft skills.

Do not worry if you are struggling. It might be better for you to think about those skills after you've finished your CV's Job History and Education section, so you can return back to that afterwards.

Mention any employment history you've got

This is also the point where numerous job applicants get lost for the first time - their segment on employment history. If this section of your graduate cv looks especially transparent, I would encourage you to incorporate it all, even if it is not applicable to the position you are going to apply for, including a part-time job you have while studying or voluntary work. These positions will be included to highlight the competitive spirit, professionalism and employability. Identify your experience sequential order, always beginning with your most recent position including the name of the organisation, your work title and dates of employment.

To keep this precise and not bore the recruiter with an overwhelming depth of information, break this up through three subheadings: outline, key responsibilities and key achievements. Also mention what core competences you have acquired as a consequence.

List your educational chops

Next add your latest education beginning with the latest course you've been studying. Include the course title, institution, the dates you studied there, the type of certification you got and the grade obtained. You may also use this area to provide the numerous assignments you have worked on at university, referring to any online examples, and listing the skills you have gained as a consequence. There are times where you can position the Education section above the Employment History if your career background is very minimal or you don't have any work experience at all, and this is good, and always something I recommend.

Share your interests

This segment is not to be overlooked, and can provide a glimpse of your personality to your hiring manager. Include your interests and any extra-curricular activities/ professional memberships in which you have been associated throughout your educational years.

Yeah, maybe you don't have a lot of professional experience but that's really no cause for concern. By following my advice, you can build an outstanding graduate program without exaggerating the facts or presenting outdated details by enhancing the skills you didn't even know you had. Ask the recruitment manager or employer what succeeded or stuck out on your cv and what they consider could be developed. Having feedback will also strengthen the cv over time.

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