As a graduate, I know you will have had some help from your university about how to write a good CV. However, the proof of the pudding is in the tasting!
If your CV is not opening doors to interviews, then there is something wrong. And if you keep sending it out its like the equivalent of banging your head against a brick wall and wondering why you’ve got a headache.
When reviewing CV’s I can often see potential in what’s written, but it’s presented in such a way that I can see why recruiters put the CV on the ‘reject pile’. I was that HR Manager at one point in my career!
Or you might be scratching your head thinking, “I just don’t know what to write!” “How do I make my p/t sales role looking interesting enough to get a company to hire me as a graduate?” “How do I make myself look different from all the 100’s of other graduates who are also applying?”
These days you have to be different. You have to stand out and grab the recruiter’s attention. They have limited time to read 100’s of application for a single job so they may well be adopting the ’15-second WOW test’.
Here’s how you can do it, too …
Take your first page and fold the last third of the page backwards (so you only see 2/3rd’s of the first page). Read as much as you can in 15 seconds only.
Does it WOW you? Does it represent who you are and give the recruiter the impression that you are the right candidate for the job? If not, it’s time to go back and re-address the CV. Your front page should be like a ‘sweet-shop’ window – full of enticing information that mirrors and matches the job you are applying for.
If you are still struggling to get an interview, my DIY Graduate CV Writing Kit can help. Plus you get the added bonus of having me by your side to check it over once you’ve finished, so you know you are going to get a 100% result. Interested? Have a look and see what you get – it’s phenomenal value!