As a newly qualified graduate you will be keen to shake off your student days and go out into the wide world to land yourself that dream job you’ve been yearning for. And we all know that the first step on your journey is to prepare a great CV.
Unfortunately, students with very little experience can make some pretty common mistakes when creating their own CV. Let’s take a look at some of the most common student CV mistakes and how you can go about fixing them.
1. Bad grammar
If there’s one thing that is guaranteed to irritate recruiting officers, it’s submitting a CV full of bad grammar and spelling mistakes. You may be a really good candidate for the job, but you will never get the chance to prove yourself as recruiters will not see past your grammatical errors.
Mostly, a recruiter may forgive you for one small spelling mistake, but finding more will quickly switch their interest off. It will always help to get your CV proofread by at least one or two others before you send it off. Ask your friends! This can help you to be more confident that what you are submitting is of high quality and worthy of consideration.
2. Not tailoring the CV
Never make the mistake of constantly submitting the same CV over and over again for every job application. You should make the effort to tailor your CV to suit each new position that you apply for. Every recruiter will want to know why you’re a good fit for the job, so you must take the time to amend the text to reflect the qualities and key skills they’re looking for.
If you’re applying for a job you really want, then tailoring your CV to suit their requirements is well worth the effort. You can look for keywords and phrases to include in your CV from within the job description and the job requirements listed in the advert. Think of each CV you send as your very own personal marketing campaign to impress the employer.
3. Lack of achievements
OK, you may be lacking in some work-related experience or achievements here, but this is no excuse for not playing up all of your other experiences.
Employers want to see some experience before they hire you, but to get the job you need experience! Seems like a vicious circle. However, the way around this is to play up all those transferable skills you have learned and achievements won from your time in education, as well as those picked up through any part-time work, volunteering, sports or hobbies.
Try to list all the useful sorts of experiences you’ve had, especially if they’re experiences and skills that have some relevance to the job you’re going for. Mention any awards you have won, so if you got a “team-player” award from your sports club, then this can show potential employers that you’re capable of working as part of a team. It also shows you have a good level of reliability and dedication — this is always appealing to an employer.
4. Poor formatting
If your CV is messy and scattered, then it’ll be very difficult for employers to read it, which is bad news for your job applications. Recruiters and hiring managers tend to be very busy people, so you should make your CV easy for them to navigate and find the information they’re looking for.
Don’t bunch text together and write long paragraphs that may be hard to digest – instead, opt for short sharp sentences and make good use of bullet points to break the text up as much as possible. Divide each section of your CV up clearly with bold headings and always use a clean simple font – don’t be tempted to use an elaborate font to try and impress; you will end up giving readers a headache.
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