I have just written a new CV for a talented and ambitious undergraduate in her final year of a three-year course. This individual is multi-lingual, with a strong academic background, solid business experience gained through several internships and a plethora of extra-curricular activities. She might be described as the perfect catch for the graduate recruiter, yet her existing CV let her down. To go to all that effort of acquiring those experiences and honing her skills, just to let an ineffective CV reflect badly upon her, would have been criminal. We can all breathe a sigh of relief, as this individual recognised her CV needed improvement, and took the steps needed to ensure her CV did her justice.
Here are the changes I made, and recommend that all graduates make, to take a graduate CV from mediocre to marvellous:
Application form questions can generally be split into three categories:
1. Questions that require you to expand on the information in your CV.
2. Competency based questions.
3. Questions that examine your motivation and commitment.
Just a quick post to wish you all a great time over the holidays! A big thank you to all our readers, users and supporters for being with us in our very first year, it’s been an exciting start and we’re looking forward to everything 2014 will bring!
A quick note to job seekers
Give yourself a break for a week! Take a holiday from job seeking and enjoy the festivities. You’ll feel much better for it and you can start 2014 a fresh – 2014 will be your year! The economy’s getting back on track, vacancies are up, 80% of companies expect more graduates jobs & apprenticeships – 2014 will be your year!
A big Happy Christmas and New Year,
Lots of love,
The GR team
P.S. If all those annoying relatives asking you why you’ve not found a job yet gets too much, tell them you’ve landed this great freelance position with the youth employment social enterprise Graduate Rescue. I’ll back you up.
IdeaSquares, created by graduates is a new digital platform for connecting with others, developing ideas and taking them to the next level.
In an IdeaSquare, your idea will be seen by the right people and generate the interest you need to ‘make it happen’. As an IdeaSquare owner you control how much of your idea is revealed and say exactly what you are looking for. Investment? Manufacturing? Product Design? Partnership? The possibilities are endless!
IdeaSquares is crowd funding to put some extra special touches to the site for the launch at the end of the month. With the application form live and IdeaSquares filling fast, we’re looking to fellow graduates for support.
Click here to visit the campaign and learn more.
To apply for your square now, visit www.ideasquares.com
Make It Happen
The National Council of Women are running a competition for young women aged 19 – 30 to speak out on the issues that matter to them. All you have to do is answer one questions in 750 words or less:
If you could influence Government to take some action to improve the lives of women, what would it be?
After a number of successful guest blog posts we’ve decided to join the blogosphere ourselves! We’ll be blogging about all things career and employability related as well as Graduate Rescue news and general musings.
If you’re a student, graduate, career advisor or recruiter and would like to contribute to our blog, we’d love to hear from you – send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org