Six steps to a great CV

SIX EASY steps to a great POSTGRADUATE CV

 

Most employers make up their mind about you after a 20 second scan of your CV. You need to ensure your CV is up-to-scratch, and can showcase the skills and experience that the company needs.

 


 

STEP ONE

Identify skills and experience that the employer is looking for. They are the criteria against which your CV will be assessed, and should be listed on the job description.

STEP TWO

Think of examples from your work, internships, volunteering, study, interests, travel or home life – that prove you have these job requirements.

STEP THREE

Work out which sections you need in your CV, and then decide on section titles and order. It's up to you whether you place your education before work experience.

 

  

STEP FOUR

You can present your postgraduate qualification in many different ways. Unless you are going for an academic role, use non-academic language. Find ways to describe your research and dissertation in lay terms, using it as a way to show your research skills.

If your postgraduate course is relevant to your job sector, find ways of highlighting the relevant projects and content studied.

STEP FIVE

Incorporate your examples into the most relevant section/s of your CV. Make sure you have provided evidence for every job requirement.

STEP SIX

Triple check ALL spelling and grammar and ask someone else to proofread this too. 

 


 

More information

If you would like further advice on writing your postgraduate CV or application, you can listen to a free talk in the Presentation Programme at the fair, or use our free careers advice resources

Don't forget to visit one of our graduate recruitment fairs when you are looking to start your career after completing your postgraduate course.