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    Hi everyone, how do you create a CV appropriate for a graduate role? I want to apply for graduate schemes, but have little to no related experience for most. I've done quite a bit of volunteering though, so I've been trying to push the skills I've learnt through these. But under each role I've had, I seem to be pointing out the same skills which seems a bit redundant! These are the obvious: team work, time management, communication skills. I'm also putting in things that I've achieved in these roles but as it's unrelated to what I'm applying for I don't know whether it's useful. All in all, my CV seems quite bland- what am I doing wrong?
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    (Original post by Poooky)
    Hi everyone, how do you create a CV appropriate for a graduate role? I want to apply for graduate schemes, but have little to no related experience for most. I've done quite a bit of volunteering though, so I've been trying to push the skills I've learnt through these. But under each role I've had, I seem to be pointing out the same skills which seems a bit redundant! These are the obvious: team work, time management, communication skills. I'm also putting in things that I've achieved in these roles but as it's unrelated to what I'm applying for I don't know whether it's useful. All in all, my CV seems quite bland- what am I doing wrong?
    What types of roles are you applying for? Graduate schemes or general entry?
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    (Original post by ajj2000)
    What types of roles are you applying for? Graduate schemes or general entry?
    Both, I seem to be having the same problem across the board though. No matter which role I'm applying to, grad schemes or to specific roles, or even something like tutoring I feel like my CV is lacking something. The problem may just be lack of proper work experience and hence I'm having to really stretch my volunteering to make it relevant. I'm stuck
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    (Original post by Poooky)
    Both, I seem to be having the same problem across the board though. No matter which role I'm applying to, grad schemes or to specific roles, or even something like tutoring I feel like my CV is lacking something. The problem may just be lack of proper work experience and hence I'm having to really stretch my volunteering to make it relevant. I'm stuck
    Well, if you've done a decent amount of volunteering you must be in a better place than most. Have you had someone used to reading CVs have a look at yours to make sure that you are writing appropriate things for the types of jobs you are applying for? Are you applying for pretty much everything or specific fields of work?
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    (Original post by ajj2000)
    Well, if you've done a decent amount of volunteering you must be in a better place than most. Have you had someone used to reading CVs have a look at yours to make sure that you are writing appropriate things for the types of jobs you are applying for? Are you applying for pretty much everything or specific fields of work?
    No I haven't- I feel quite embarrassed of it in it's current state which is why I haven't sought out someone. I will send it to my universities careers service soon but didn't want to look stupid I guess that's silly as they're there to offer help!

    I have applied to some retail positions and received an interview, but I applied through the website/completed the sections online and didn't upload a CV at all. The rest are all vaguely science related.
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    No I haven't- I feel quite embarrassed of it in it's current state which is why I haven't sought out someone. I will send it to my universities careers service soon but didn't want to look stupid I guess that's silly as they're there to offer help!

    I have applied to some retail positions and received an interview, but I applied through the website/completed the sections online and didn't upload a CV at all. The rest are all vaguely science related.
    The university should be able to give you some decent advice for starters. I'd join linkedin for a couple of reasons - you can find anyone you know in the 'vaguely science related' field to check you are mentioning the right things, and read the CVs of people a couple of years ahead of you. Mentioning the right things - such as equipment and software used can be massively important as your CV is likely to be screened by an HR person before anyone who would know what you have done catches sight of it.

    Also, don't forget the basics. One of my colleagues was reviewing CVs yesterday for the sort of job graduates with 2-5 years experience might apply for. 20 out of 30 that he reviewed were rejected for poor spelling and lack of attention to detail. Its not always hard to stand out.
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    Go to one of the main graduate job boards like targetjobs or milkround and find a template on there. That will be a good starting point then go to your careers service with a first draft.

    Don’t list skills under volunteering roles. List what you did, and the skills should be fairly evident from that.
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    (Original post by Poooky)
    Hi everyone, how do you create a CV appropriate for a graduate role?
    Have you tried posting your CV on the TSR CV Help forum
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    (Original post by ajj2000)
    The university should be able to give you some decent advice for starters. I'd join linkedin for a couple of reasons - you can find anyone you know in the 'vaguely science related' field to check you are mentioning the right things, and read the CVs of people a couple of years ahead of you. Mentioning the right things - such as equipment and software used can be massively important as your CV is likely to be screened by an HR person before anyone who would know what you have done catches sight of it.

    Also, don't forget the basics. One of my colleagues was reviewing CVs yesterday for the sort of job graduates with 2-5 years experience might apply for. 20 out of 30 that he reviewed were rejected for poor spelling and lack of attention to detail. Its not always hard to stand out.
    Thank you! I'm on Linkedin but haven't been using it enough- I'll find where alumni have gone and see if I can speak to any.

    That's shocking I'll make sure mine's been checked through a few times by different people! Thank you for all your help

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    Have you tried posting your CV on the TSR CV Help forum
    That was my plan once it's been tweaked

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    Go to one of the main graduate job boards like targetjobs or milkround and find a template on there. That will be a good starting point then go to your careers service with a first draft.

    Don’t list skills under volunteering roles. List what you did, and the skills should be fairly evident from that.
    Is it a bad idea to mention the skill and how it was gained, e.g. "Communication skills gained through presentations to the research group" or is it better to let employers infer them?
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    Thank you! I'm on Linkedin but haven't been using it enough- I'll find where alumni have gone and see if I can speak to any.

    That's shocking I'll make sure mine's been checked through a few times by different people! Thank you for all your help



    That was my plan once it's been tweaked



    Is it a bad idea to mention the skill and how it was gained, e.g. "Communication skills gained through presentations to the research group" or is it better to let employers infer them?
    Something like that is a bit obvious and vague.

    You haven’t gained communication skills. You would have had them before hand and you mean your presentation skills rather than wider communication skills, which is obvious from the reference to the presentation.

    Sometime it isn’t as clear cut as that though, and may need defining the skills.

    This example it’s obvious though.
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    Thank you! I'm on Linkedin but haven't been using it enough- I'll find where alumni have gone and see if I can speak to any.

    That's shocking I'll make sure mine's been checked through a few times by different people! Thank you for all your help



    That was my plan once it's been tweaked



    Is it a bad idea to mention the skill and how it was gained, e.g. "Communication skills gained through presentations to the research group" or is it better to let employers infer them?
    Employers will infer very little, and don't leave it to them to define what to think.

    If you need to show communications skills, begin the bullet point with a communications verb and then give scope and scale to what you did eg

    • Presented to a panel of 6 international judges for 30 minutes, plus a 20 minute Q&A session
    • Presented to 100+ staff at monthly whole team update sessions
    • Presented at termly research group meetings and defended ideas clearly but explored group suggestions and new ideas in the meeting and after
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    Something like that is a bit obvious and vague.

    You haven’t gained communication skills. You would have had them before hand and you mean your presentation skills rather than wider communication skills, which is obvious from the reference to the presentation.

    Sometime it isn’t as clear cut as that though, and may need defining the skills.

    This example it’s obvious though.
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    Employers will infer very little, and don't leave it to them to define what to think.

    If you need to show communications skills, begin the bullet point with a communications verb and then give scope and scale to what you did eg

    • Presented to a panel of 6 international judges for 30 minutes, plus a 20 minute Q&A session
    • Presented to 100+ staff at monthly whole team update sessions
    • Presented at termly research group meetings and defended ideas clearly but explored group suggestions and new ideas in the meeting and after
    Thank you, that's really useful- I'll keep these in mind and update my CV!
 
 
 
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