How to build your CV with the help of London Met Careers and Employability

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Tips and advice

When employers receive a CV they usually spend just a short time (approximately 30 seconds) skim reading the document. Therefore, it is essential that:

  • Your CV is well written and well organised, making it easy for the reader to find the details they are looking for.
  • You are concise: keep your CV to 2 pages maximum and use bullet points rather than lengthy sentences and paragraphs.
  • You use positive language to promote yourself and what you can offer, although be truthful and realistic when describing your achievements.
  • You identify the skills and/or experience needed for the job and make sure you highlight relevant information near the beginning of your CV.  It is essential to “target” your CV, so be prepared to amend your document to make sure that for each application the employer can see that you meet their needs.
  • You choose your referees. It is usual for employers to ask for the details of 2 referees.  Ideally one of these should be academic and the other a current or previous employer.  For undergraduates, it is appropriate to ask your personal academic tutor to provide a reference, alternatively you could ask a course leader, or your dissertation supervisor, but always seek permission and keep in touch with your referees so that they are aware of the roles you are applying for. It is usual not to include your referees’ details on a CV, instead insert “References Available on Request”.

 

How Careers and Employability can help you?

When you have completed your first CV draft, book a Quick Query slot with a London Met Careers Consultant to discuss the document and identify any areas for further development.   

Careers and Employability team offer regular workshops on creating effective CVs and cover letters.  For details and booking go to our Eventbrite page.

Careers and Employability highly recommend to use Your Careers Portal. Login into the portal to access video, audio and tutorial resources, including input from a range of graduate employers.  The CV module includes information on planning the CV as well as a CV builder which provides a series of templates, giving ideas for structuring your document.

 

Other references

Careers and Employability has produced an information sheet with detailed CV guidance and sample CVs.

You can also refer to Target Jobs “Guide to perfecting your graduate CV” and to Prospects pages on “CVs and cover letters” for further tips and advice.

 

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