CV Writing Tips for Fresh Graduates
Many fresh graduates who graduated earlier this summer have decided to put off their job hunting to mid-September when the Holy Month of Ramadan is over, so they could adjust to the long working hours without fasting, and I figured since fresh graduates are usually a little bit clueless on the basics of getting a job, and have many common mistakes when it comes to CV Writing, Interviewing, Dressing for an Interview etc… So am introducing a new category at Sleepless in Amman, which offers tips and advice on everything you need in regards to jobs
Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) is the essence of you getting anywhere in the career world, before you get called up for an interview, you’re CV should be your selling point, and it will determine whether you get called up for an interview or not, furthermore you’re CV can get tossed in an unwanted pile of applicants if not presented properly, so be sure to stand out, and make sure your CV is read and appreciated, CV styles can also vary, but mostly include work history, achievements, skills and the life history of a candidate. Improving your resume or CV can be an important step toward landing a position.
Rule #1: Your CV Is Not an Autobiography
Don’t confuse telling your story with creating your autobiography. Employers are inundated with resume submissions and are faced with weeding out the good from the bad. The first step involves quickly skimming through resumes and eliminating candidates who clearly are not qualified. Therefore, your resume needs to pass the skim test. Look at your resume and ask yourself:
- Can a hiring manager see my main credentials within 10 to 15 seconds?
- Does critical information jump off the page?
- Do I effectively sell myself on the top quarter of the first page?
As a fresh graduate it is understandable that you may not have any real work experience, maybe summer internships and part time jobs, but the way you present your CV as an intelligent job-seeking fresh grad is fundamental:
On the top right corner of the page make sure your name is clear and bold with your contact details neatly mentioned under (Contact E-Mail Address, Contact Number)
[Why are you applying for a job? What is your career Objective?]
Example: A fresh graduate with willingness to experience in sales, marketing, vendor negotiations and management at an entry level.
[Do you have any work experience, as a fresh graduate it is understandable that you will most likely mention part-time jobs and internships. List them from the most recent mentioned first and go backwards.]
Education[Manage this space to mention your education level briefly, also from the most recently earned degree going backward to the oldest, most commonly you should mention your Bachelors and High School degrees]
You’re CV shouldn’t be longer than one page, especially that you’re a fresh graduate and remember NEVER RELY ON SPELLCHECK! Always get a friend to proof-read for you!
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