Welcome to the exciting world of career possibilities! As a recent graduate, you’re stepping into a new chapter, and a standout CV is your golden ticket to unlocking the doors of opportunity. In this guide, we’ll go beyond the basics, offering insightful tips to help you create a CV that not only impresses but also reflects the authentic and exceptional individual you are.

Section 1: Setting the Stage

1.1 Start with a Strong Foundation: Choosing the Right CV Template

Begin your CV journey by selecting a template that suits your personality and industry. Use a tool like Canva to explore popular templates and guide you on picking the one that aligns with your professional aspirations. Or use the Crone Corkill template to give yourself a head-start.

1.2 Crafting a Compelling Personal Statement

Your personal statement is the first impression you’ll make. Weave a narrative that captivates employers, emphasising your unique strengths and career ambitions. Keep it short and succinct and don’t forget to spell-check. This is the element people forget to update over time, so each time you refresh your CV, give this an update.

Section 2: Beyond the Basics

2.1 Showcasing Your Achievements with Impact

Move beyond listing duties; learn how to highlight achievements that demonstrate your contribution and value. Employers love tangible results, and we’ll show you how to present them effectively. If you don’t have a long career history, don’t worry. You can talk about projects you worked on when you were at College or University, part-time jobs or volunteer opportunities.

2.2 Consider Customisation

Discover the art of customisation. It can be useful to tailor your CV for specific roles, emphasising the skills and experiences most relevant to each application. However, this is more pertinent when you’ve got a wide range of skills under your belt. If you’re applying for a variety of roles, consider having a few tailored versions ready. If you’re applying for a range of very similar roles (like Marketing Assistant, Finance Assistant) then one version is absolutely fine 

Section 3: Making Your CV Stand Out

3.1 Incorporating Keywords for SEO Success

Uncover the power of keywords. Some recruitment firms will do keyword searches so make sure to name the brands of tools you’ve used (such as Excel, PowerPoint) and qualifications you’ve gained.

3.2 Design Matters: Aesthetics and Readability

We’re adding a caveat to this one. Nothing matters more than your experience, attitude and ability to do the job. However, a CV formatted correctly does make it easier for the recruitment team to read, share and remember.

Don’t worry about beautiful graphics or including a photo. Instead, focus on a layout that’s easy to read and easy for you to edit in the future.

Next Steps: Get it seen.

Congratulations! You’re now equipped with the knowledge to create a CV that not only meets the basics but goes above and beyond. Remember, your CV reflects your journey, and by infusing authenticity, sincerity, and a genuine desire to connect, you’ll leave a lasting impression on potential employers. 

Now, you need to get your CV seen.  Take the next step and register on our website to access exclusive resources, personalized guidance, and unlock the full potential of your career. Let’s get started!