CV Guide for Young Graduate
One of the most difficult things to do for young graduates is “Writing a good CV”. Often time, young graduate CVs are not well structured as such employers find it difficult to make meaning from such CVs thereby making them not place a call to such candidates for any possible employment opportunity.
This may place you ahead of the competition. Capitalize on what is most impressive about you – your degree, technical abilities and any accomplishment. For example, if as a technical student you were able to design a workable program or machine or if you can use pivot tables, macros or v-lookups in Excel (one of the most important pieces of software across all job sectors), put it on your CV. Also, you it will be helpful to include your most important extra curricula activities. Remember! Do not to be complacent about it.
Without a work history in the past, your hopes and plans for the future are the next best thing. This is where the goals and objectives section of your CV comes into play. Use this area to talk about what you hope to achieve in your career and how that can help your prospective employer. A fresh graduate CV really needs to include this section. Do not be afraid to infuse your CV with your own personality; it helps set you apart from the dozens of other applicants you are likely competing with.
The fresh graduate CV naturally focuses on education, because at this point in your life, education is your greatest asset. Where applicable, address specific topics, knowledge and both classroom and life experiences that have given you the education that led you to apply for this job. Elective high school courses, if they are very career specific, can be included here as well.
The order of your CV is important – I can’t stress it enough. The most important aspects of your CV should be on the first page. You’ll want to catch a recruiter or an employer’s eye early on to entice them to read the rest. See below order:
CV Presentation is Everything
Last but not least, we can often focus so much on making sure the content is right, that we forget the most obvious of rules. Your CV needs to look good as well as sound good. The top three things that turn off employers is bad grammar, spelling mistakes and poor formatting. Take advantage of simple online templates or even use your own creativity – just remember to have a fresh pair of eyes look at it before you send it out.