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Targeting Your CV For Graduate Jobs

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If you are applying for a dozen different jobs with the hope of getting several interviews, it is crucial that you do not send out photocopies of the one generic CV to all potential employers.

Why? Because a job on a graduate scheme at a bank, and a job working as a trainee manager for a hotel chain will both require completely different skillsets. You will need to send our individual CVs that highlight the relevant skills you hold for each role. By sending a generic CV, you are not effectively communicating your relevant skills and qualifications and you can kiss any chances of an interview goodbye!

Below, you will find three common types of CVs and information about when they should be used. Use these as a guideline and think about which type of CV you need for the next role you apply to.

Different types of CV:

Chronological

The most common type of CV is the basic “chronological CV”. This type of CV communicates your academic achievements and work history, usually in date order. A chronological CV is the simplest form of CV and it is popular with most graduates.

The chronological CV has several pros and cons:

Pros : It’s quick, simple and easy to write, which means it can be typed, printed and sent in as little as 15 minutes!

Cons : It does not present a wider view of your character, nor does it provide an expanded insight into your skills and achievements.

Skills based

This type of CV tends to be led by more practical-based achievements and skillsets acquired from experience, rather than academic history or relevant work experience. Skills based CVs can be effective if you wish to change career direction and you have little relevant work experience.

So how would a graduate use a skill based CV?

Maybe, like countless others, you studied something academic at university, such as history, and now you want to enter a totally different field, like computer programming or web design. (Of course, you’d only enter these fields if you have practical skills in those areas!)

In this situation, a skills-based CV would be ideal. A chronological CV wouldn’t highlight why you’d be eligible for this type of role, it would just show that you’ve studied history and you’ve never worked in a web design role. However, on a skills based CV, you could list all of your self-taught programming languages and discuss the website commissions you’ve built for clients.

Combined

The third and final type of CV is the combined CV. this includes elements of both traditional and skills based CV mentioned above.

This type of CV is probably the most popular and it’s a wise choice if you’ve attended university (and therefore you have a strong academic background) AND if you have gained additional skills from extra-curricular activities and work placements.

Tactics for writing a great CV

Highlight your achievements where possible, especially if they are relevant to the role you’re applying for.

Include the most relevant information on you CV, explain yourself with clarity and do not waffle. Think about every line you write and ask, “is what I’m typing relevant?”

Remember, once you have drafted your CV you MUST have it proofread for spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes.

About the Author

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I am currently working as a marketing intern for Grads.co.uk and I have recently graduated from the University of York with a degree in English Language and Linguistics. However, my real passion at university was writing, and particularly writing for blogs. I began a blog myself over a year ago, switching between fashion and beauty, to my university experiences and I have been hooked ever since. Blog writing opened me up to the world of social media and blogging communities that I quickly became a part of, and since then I have been fascinated by the use of blogging and social media for marketing and PR. Working as a marketing intern at Grads.co.uk is giving me the opportunity to experience marketing and PR first-hand and I enjoy every opportunity I get. It’s really opening my eyes to the prospect of a career in marketing and PR and I hope to continue gaining valuable experience in this area and hopefully a future permanent post in the industry will follow!

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