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5 Key CV Tips for Graduates

5 Key CV Tips for Graduates

Your CV's role is to make a good first impression on a recruiter, serving as a gateway to interview, and ensuring your application makes its way to the top of the pile. Here are some common mistakes that we encourage graduates to avoid:

1. Not tailoring your CV

Companies advertising for a role in pharmaceutical & healthcare sales will want to know that you have the necessary skills outlined in the job description. Sending off a generic CV that isn't tailored for the position is unlikely to grab the attention of the reader.

Do...take time to read the job description carefully and tailor your CV accordingly.

2. Failing to focus on your achievements

Although it’s important to display the skills relevant to the role you’re applying for, your CV should also focus on your achievements. Why? Because this is where you can really begin to stand apart from the other candidates.

Do...ensure your achievements are clear and tangible.

3. Don't focus on the two-page CV rule

When applying for CHASE roles we are always keen to get to know our candidates and have as much information as possible. We like to know your achievements, your skills and your experience and appreciate this may not all fit on a two-page CV. We will then work with you to tailor this for jobs you are interested in.

Do...remember to list all relevant experience, skills and achievements.

4. Using an unprofessional font

When applying for a job, it’s important to use a more professional font like Tahoma or Verdana to make sure your application gets the attention it deserves. We’d recommend avoiding fonts like Comic Sans.

Do...keep the font professional & consistent.

5. Grammatical errors

If your CV is sprinkled with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, employers and recruiters are unlikely to give it a second glance. Be sure to check it a few times over before hitting the send button.

Do...ask a friend to proofread your CV.