CVs and applications: some things you may not know....

I recently attended a talk on CVs and applications which was given by a member of staff from the Careers Service. I hadn’t attended any Careers Service talks previously but, being in the final semester of my final year, I’m realising it might be helpful to grab a bit of advice before I leave university and (fingers-crossed!) enter the big wide world of work.

I’ve had a CV for part-time jobs since high school so I knew what the general format should look like. However, I suspected that when applying for graduate jobs the bar probably needs to be raised a little! I certainly came away from the talk with a few ideas for improving my CV, like starting it off with a personal profile, or a little paragraph about my general career objectives. Also, it makes sense to list my academic achievements in reverse date order, so that the most recent and most relevant come first, but I probably wouldn’t have thought of it. And I didn’t know that two pages is considered plenty – and some companies apparently request just one! Being an English student, rambling is in my nature, so this I could find tricky.

The session then moved onto application forms – my worst nightmare! I’ve filled in a few for graduate schemes and the worst thing is how much time they take to fill-out when the chance of being accepted to the next stage seems so small. The lecturer recommended keeping a copy of your answers in a word document so that if another company asks exactly the same question you can just re-use them. It’s a simple tip but I hadn’t thought of doing that, so I will in future. And keeping a copy of your application means you’re not panicking in the interview about what you wrote on the application form and whether your interview answers will match up – bonus!

I also came away comforted in the fact that, when the time comes, I can take my CV or application form to the Careers Service and they will look over it for me. Whilst my friends/parents are always happy to do this for me, having an expert eye could be even more beneficial.

Although it has been helpful to think about my CV, right now I’m just going to get my head down and pretend I don’t only have 13 weeks of uni life left!

Emily (Student Blogger)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good advice-do hard work first then rest comes easy-cut and paste ideas useful. And also mean cant use old student excuse -im too busy and stressed to apply for jobs!

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