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One question we’re often asked at TalentTech is how to construct a graduate CV which stands out in the market and, ultimately, puts you at the ‘top of the pile’ with both recruitment companies and employers alike. There is, unfortunately, no perfect CV formula but by incorporating some best practice guidelines, you could stand out in the seven or so seconds studies have shown you have to make an impression.

And, at a time when over 50% of people in the UK are considering finding a new job in 2020 (up 8% from last year), it pays to be CV savvy.

Whether you are a fresh graduate, or perhaps in the early stages of your career, the same guidelines apply:

• Simple contact details
• Succinct personal profile
• Qualifications
• Work Experience
• Core skills & interests

Keep the font clear and simple, using Arial, Times New Roman or similar. Your CV is not the time to bring out Comic Sans. And use bullet points and headings to break it up into manageable chunks of easily digestible, salient information.

Contact Details
At the top of the first page, clearly state your name, phone number, home address and email address. And, if you have one, your LinkedIn url. However that’s it! Nobody needs to know your national insurance number (and believe us, we’ve seen it on more than one occasion) or date of birth for that matter.

Personal Profile
Summarise yourself in a nutshell. Your personal statement should briefly touch your educational background, work experience and career path you’d like to embrace. Think of it as your ‘shop window’; it’s essentially your opportunity to make an impression at the outset and set yourself apart from the competition.

Qualifications
You should start your Education section in reverse chronological order with your most recent degree or postgraduate qualifications first. Clearly state your University, degree subject, dates, and the grade you achieved. If you have room, relevant modules can be included here, but don’t go into too much detail.

Follow this with your secondary school and A Levels or equivalent, then your GCSEs or equivalent (explain the equivalent grade at GCSE for anyone who may not be aware of your qualification if the latter).

Keep it simple. If you prefer, you don’t necessarily have to list each individual grade. Summarising the grades is fine, but ensure you highlight those that are relevant to a particular role you may be interested in e.g. Maths achievement for a role in Finance.

Work Experience
Again, simplicity is the order of the day. Be honest and don’t exaggerate your experience. We’ve all seen The Apprentice! If the role is relevant to the next job you desire, highlight specific tasks or responsibilities, but keep this to a sentence or two; no large paragraphs! If the job isn’t relevant to the role, try to summarise a few key skills that you developed but, again, keep it short and concise. Don’t be afraid to give simple explanations for the jobs you had when you were 16. Again, dates are key, as employers are very interested in your work history, and will want to know if you have had any breaks (usually longer than 3 months) so, if you do, one or two sentences to explain why will suffice.

If you’ve taken a gap year or worked abroad, take this opportunity to showcase your organisation skills, confidence and motivation.

Additional Information
Round your CV off with a short paragraph or some bullet points on your interests, hobbies, or extra curricular activities. This is a great place to talk about playing an instrument, competing in a sport, or and fundraising/volunteering you have done. Include anything relevant that reflects your character and let your personality shine through. It’s also the place for other skills that you might not have yet mentioned, such as additional languages or computer literacy.

If you have any questions on how to write your CV for maximum impact, or would like feedback on your current CV, please send it to josh@talenttechrecruitment.com, who will be happy to give you some friendly, constructive advice.

Testimonials

As a hiring manager, I have found TalentTech to be the most professional, transparent and effective recruitment service I have worked with throughout my career. They truly understand the market.

Garry Armstrong - Senior Product Manager

A big thankyou to Josh and Dave at TalentTech Recruitment who have helped me secure my new role. Their help and support through this challenging time has been invaluable and without their input I very much doubt I would have got this position. I have let my new employer know of their input and will happily recommend them for all future recruitment.

Louise Oldham - Sales Account Manager

Recruiting through TalentTech Recruitment has been a really refreshing experience. Honest and practical recruitment with feedback throughout the process giving valuable input when needed. We have now successfully recruited our two new Business Development Managers and should we be looking to add to the team we will certainly instruct you once again. Thanks very much Nick, John & the team.

HR Director, UK Engineering Company

Josh & John were very timely throughout the process, and both very easy to talk with. Constructive input without the need to follow up for information made communication very practical. John was very considerate and professional, which helped put my mind at ease. I have now secured a brilliant role in an excellent company with the help of a faultless process from TalentTech.

Dominic Protacio - Sales Development Representative

Its great to see a recruitment company that listens to the client and explains the process to us. The project to hire a National Sales Manager wasn’t without its challenges in this competitive market for candidates but the team at TalentTech kept us updated and informed throughout the hiring process.

Sales Director - Global Technology provider

David was fantastic to work with. Very helpful, supportive and I'm very grateful to him for putting me forward to a cracking sales role that I have now secured. I highly recommend David and the team around him at talenttech recruitment!

Anton Archer - Area Sales Manager

We have been really pleased with the two engineers you have found us. They have both settled into the team well and we are grateful to you for sourcing them. We have plans for 2020 and will be in contact to help us with our next planned recruitment.

Managing Director - UK Engineering Services Organisation

Excellent service John & Nick! The whole recruitment process was hassle free and we secured a fantastic candidate at the end of it. Thanks TalentTech.

Engineering Director – Global Technical Organisation

John is very professional and persistent. I was delighted to have the opportunity to work with him. Without his help I would not have been successful in my recent job search.

Martin Reppion - Business Development Manager

Thank you to the whole Team at TalentTech for the quality of the shortlist you have presented to me yesterday. Four of the candidates were excellent and I only wanted to take three back for 2nd interviews so it is going to give me a real headache having to choose three for final interview.

National Sales Manager – UK Construction Manufacturer

We have worked with TalentTech for the last 6 months and they have supported our transition as we aim to strengthen certain areas of the UK business. What started as filling one of our vacant area sales roles that we had struggled with has given us the opportunity to get TalentTech engaged to successfully help in other divisions. Its been refreshing to find a company that just “get” recruitment having had a number of negative experience with previous suppliers.

HR Director – Technical Scientific & Laboratory Manufacturer

What a great find! Thanks John, for providing us with our latest Sales Development Representative for the West Midlands & Warwickshire area. We look forward to the candidate starting and enjoying their sales career with us. I will certainly recommend you to my colleagues throughout the business.

Mid-Market Sales Manager – MarTech Software Vendor

Its been a pleasure to work with Team TalentTech on our latest planned recruitment campaign, we found the process to be smooth and were kept informed throughout the hiring of our latest engineer. In a difficult market with a specific brief they were able to provide a strong shortlist giving us a number of options. Big thanks particularly to Nick for his help and professionalism.

Technical Service Manager – European Packaging Equipment Supplier

Thank you to Nick and the team at TalentTech recruitment for your help on our recent recruitment project. You were up against 2 other recruitment suppliers but the quality of the candidates and the service to both ourselves and the successful candidate was excellent. You have proved to be a valuable partner and will now be our chosen preferred supplier for all UK recruitment.

National Sales Manager – Global Manufacturer of Industrial Capital Equipment

John and Nick were very helpful in supporting me on the recruitment process. They were very accommodating during my out of hours office calls and responded to emails and messages very promptly. They ensured that the company was fit for purpose for my needs and demands and encouraged me to Pursue this company which being part of Filtermist now has been challenging and fulfilling. John and Nick are professional, pro-active and pleasant gentlemen to be involved with. I would certainly recommend them as a recruiter both from a candidate and a hiring managers perspective

Manpreet Maan - Proposals Engineer

I work with a number of other agencies but John is by far the most professional and is at the top of my preferred supplier list. He not only knows our business and has a real knack of finding the candidates that have the right skills, attitudes and behaviours that fit our culture, but he goes out of his way to get the know the hiring managers and then simplifies the recruitment process for them. As a result of this, he managed to fill a senior level role flawlessly and, although it was a difficult task, he found a truly talented member of our leadership team who is already adding value to their team and the business overall.

MD – Global Engineering OEM

Nick is a consummate professional and his help has been invaluable throughout my recent job-hunting process. Having not been on the job market for a while, the interview and presentation advice he gave me made a huge difference and helped me to secure the role I really wanted. I really appreciate all the effort and assistance and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

Regional Sales Manager – Technology

The recruitment process can often be arduous but we found TalentTech to be honest and transparent throughout, which is very refreshing and we’re pleased to have found a genuine supplier that can support our business going forward.

Service Manager – Scientific Instrumentation

From first contact with John, he was open, friendly & offered some great advice. Throughout the process he was efficient & diligent with his communication/feedback & having this from a recruiter made the interview/job change process far easier - which is a rare thing! I thoroughly recommend John & his business when you’re looking for a new role/career change

Will McCullough - Area Sales Manager

I am absolutely delighted with my new role and company. I couldn’t have wished to join a better organisation and am very grateful for all the help and support John gave me in making it happen. All the interview advice was invaluable.

National Sales Manager – Chemical manufacturer

TalentTech have presented me with some fantastic opportunities to take my career aspirations forward. They have been dedicated and professional and have really added tremendous value throughout.

Technical Manager – Engineering Services Company

I have been working with recruitment consultancies for many years and have had mixed experiences in terms of quality of service as well as value for money. Working with John has been quite a change. John and I formed a strategic alliance for the recruitment of high-quality sales professionals. This was only possible because of the effort and resources that were put into gaining a comprehensive understanding of our business and the market sectors we operate in. John co-ordinated our recruitment needs and has proved to be highly successful and cost effective. I have no hesitation in recommending John and TalentTech as a preferred supplier and business partner.

HR Director –Building Materials Company

Nick’s experience clearly shows. He just ‘gets it’, quickly understanding our organisational goals and culture and sourcing our latest, exceptional technical candidate. The process was smooth throughout with regular feedback given at each stage. I would highly recommend him.

Engineering Director - OEM Manufacturing Company

Highly recommend John for the professionalism and support during the whole recruitment process. Very Encouraging to be kept up to date and informed through out. Many thanks for your help and advice.

Craig McCormack - Systems Engineer

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