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Your CV is crucial to successful employment. In this video employers and graduates explain how to write a successful CV, the common mistakes people make along with the help the Employability and Enterprise team can provide you.

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  • HD: Howard Dawber, Strategic Advisor, Canary Wharf Group
  • MP = Melissa Potente, Graduate, UEL
  • AP = Anand Patel, Resourcing Support Manager, Tube Lines

HD: Employers, I think, are looking for, I guess it’s a cliché, but they’re looking for something they’re not going to get. They’re looking for someone who will start work immediately, be perfect at the job, walk straight in and know everything. They’re not going to get that but what they are looking for is someone with potential to become that person quite quickly. So when you’re putting your CV together, when you’re putting your covering letter together, really think about the job. Try and find out a bit more about the company. Don’t just bang in the same standard CV to every body, the same covering letter. You've got to think about what it is that they’re looking for and then try and match that in the CV so that the person says, "Yeah, this person will fit right in".

MP: Firstly, your CV and your cover letter is very important, it’s the first thing they see. I was very lucky to have Femi’s team and the Employability team look over my CV and give me advice on my covering letter.

AP: A top turn off for a CV is having too much on a page. If there’s too much information on a page, it just becomes hard to read and becomes too time consuming. Spelling and grammar is another key one which you always hear about.

HD: I do like to see the little box at the top where you explain, you summarise what’s in your CV - what your experience is, what your education is, what you want to do, what’s the type of person you are. It makes it very, very easy to get a very quick sense of what that person is like.


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