Stem Graduates give their most honest tips for writing a successful CV!
1. Put your contact details on your CV
It sounds obvious but people often miss them off. There is nothing more soul destroying than reading the perfect candidates CV and having no way to get in touch with them!
2. Don’t title your CV ‘CV’
We receive a lot of ‘CV’s’. Adding your name makes it easier for us to find you. It also helps you to stand out from the other 15 ‘CV’s’ who applied for the same job.
3. Put your qualification grades on your CV
It saves us having to chase you up, and you having to tell us. Missing them off because you think they’re too low won’t actually help in the long run. Be upfront an honest to avoid confusion. Including them also shows you are thorough and pay attention to detail.
4. Send a Word and a PDF copy of your CV
Stylish formatting and having a sleek PDF is great and it can give you an edge, but as a recruitment agency we will probably need to edit parts of it initially to send to our clients. Having a Word copy makes this far easier for us and saves us from tampering with your hard work. (Some jobs require really high standard PDFs, so we understand this might not always be possible!)
5. Read the job description before applying
So many people fall short of reading a job description the whole way through and as a result end up applying for a job that says, for example, ‘must have a driving license’ when they don’t have one at all. We then waste your time and ours shortlisting you and calling you to discuss a role you aren’t qualified for.
6. Don’t carelessly mass apply
We know you are probably going to apply for more than one job. However, chances are, roles in the same field are being managed by the same consultant/s. If we see you applying for 8 roles at once it makes us think you haven’t read our job descriptions properly and you aren’t particularly interested or serious. Check to see if a consultant name is attached to the jobs you’re applying for, and make sure you’ve read the description.
7. Don’t go buzzword crazy
A lot of people use the same cliché phrases found on Google in their CV. We read the same buzzwords over and over again. Being a ‘team player’ is a good skill but try and find an original way to tell us about it, using your own brief examples wherever possible. Conversely, however, don’t go too crazy on originality by describing yourself as a ‘CV Legend!’ Genuine example.
For more graduate job advice visit: http://www.stemgraduates.co.uk