Refresher: What Not To Forget When Writing Your First CV
The need for a good CV is as obvious as the need for sunlight for plants. However, what is a good CV and what should you put down on your CV. Especially as a fresh graduate, you might find it hard things to include and how to phrase them. This is why we decided to share a few tips to help you write a good first CV.( if you’re wondering what to include in your first CV please follow this link here)
- Remember the Basics
It’s good to re-invent yourself and how you want others to perceive you but sometimes it pays to stick to the basics. Especially, when writing your first CV. This isn’t about the writing but more about the style, the fonts use, the structure. Employers get thousands, if not tens of thousands of graduate CVs and most are decorated with cursive fonts, unjustified use of color littered with spelling errors. That is a sure fire way to get ignored by employers. A CV that immediately catches the attention of a hiring manager is not just one that is uniquely designed but one that portrays accurate information in a simple and effective manner. Basically your first CV should constitute:
- Personal statement
- Relevant work experience
- Other work experience
- Extracurricular/positions of responsibility
If you don’t have work experience, try to mention that your current education earned you some valuable skills that can fit the job you’re applying for.
In your personal statement section don’t come off as robotic. Employers want to know a little bit about you and what you bring to the table. So try to not look at personal statements online. Write it so that anyone that reads it, will know the best parts about you within one paragraph. Avoid words such as, creative, focused and dedicated. Even though you might be all of that and more, personal statements with these key words are as plenty as hair on a head and that immediately comes off as robotic and boring. For instance, if you are a computer science graduate your personal statement should be something like:
“Ever since, as a child, computer fascinated me. I was always curious to know exactly how they worked and that’s what drove me to study computer science. As recent graduate computer obsessed geek I am willing to start anywhere in the industry to further my interest in the field.”
Just make sure that your personality isn’t lost to fit in the job description.
- Optimal Length
Remember that you are not the most experienced person in the industry ( whichever it may be) you’re just starting out so your CV shouldn’t be a 4 page poem dedicated to you. The length of your CV must not exceed two pages. Employers want to know what your skills are, what interests you, what you have learnt during your stay at your university and see if that fits their company’s goal. In the end, that’s what they are looking for. Most hiring managers won’t take the time to see what theories you learnt in college, they want to see if you can contribute to the growth of their organization.
Your first CV isn’t about selling yourself as an experienced professional but as young graduate willing to learn to become one while contributing in your capacity.