CV Headings for Students and Graduates
In order to write a CV which is not only professional in content but also in style is not always easy for a candidate, especially if it is the first time they have had to write one after leaving the education process. The first place to start is to ensure you’re using the right CV headings for students and graduates. Student and graduate CVs are set out slightly differently to a CV of someone with a few years’ experience under their belt.
Can you write a CV?
There is no denying it, the prospect of writing a CV when you have just left school, college or university can be somewhat daunting but the process of composing a CV can be made easier by following a standard layout and ensuring the content is optimised.
It is always advisable for candidates to ensure that their CV is composed to exacting standards and this includes some focus on the layout to maximise their chances of securing an interview.
Nearly every day of the week I see CVs which are in need of a lot of work, not only does their content need much input from a professional CV writer but the way in which they present their information is sometimes just plain awful. To be honest, I could probably write a series of blog posts on the bloopers alone!
CV Composition – CV Headings for Students and Graduates
Whilst the composition, style and format of a CV has many facets, today I am going to focus on the headings, which should be used in a CV for the majority of students, school leavers and graduates.
Functional / Skills-based CVs
Whilst many people might not know they differ, they do. In the main, someone just setting off on the chosen career path will have considerably less professional work experience and it is very important to replace the lack of ‘hands-on’ professional experience with other skills, part-time work experience and voluntary work. As such, we tend to recommend functional, or skills-based CVs to showcase what skills and experience they can offer and optimise their potential to prospective employers.
Structure within a CV is very important and familiar layouts are always welcomed by HR departments, recruiters and employment agencies and this runs true for newly qualified candidates to. With so many CVs to review in today’s competitive market, it really is a battle to ensure a CV reaches the top of the pile. Using the correct CV headings for students and graduates, and putting the required information down in the right order is invaluable, meaning their CV is more likely to be read.
Of course, dependant on the industry, the CV headings and layout can change but in this blog post, I am going to focus on a CV layout for the vast majority of student, school leavers and recent graduates. If you have a specific career you would like me to cover, please email me.
In the main, after your name and contact details, the CV headings for students and graduates should be:
- Personal Profile
- Key Skills
- Any Additional Training/Courses Completed
- Work Experience (Part Time or Internship)
- Voluntary Work Experience
- Publications, Awards, etc (Anything else positive)
- Interests and Activities
- Personal Details
These are the most common CV headings for students and graduates but others can be used, dependant on your specialty. Using appropriate section headings on a CV, makes it easier for recruiters to find the key information they’re looking for. Remember, most people only glance at CVs so it’s vital a CV is easily scannable to pinpoint pertinent details.
For students, graduates and school leavers it will soon be the end of term when many young people will venture in to the world of work for the very first time! A scary but very exciting time, which can be made easier by ensuring their CV is absolutely spot on.
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