The Ultimate CV Guide: For Students & New Graduates, w/ template
Here’s a great piece of snarky wisdom from Blaise Pascal:
“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”
In other words, ain’t nobody got time to read a ten-page CV!
One page is not a lot of space and trying to lay out all of your awesome accomplishments from the last few years, in scalable detail, without exaggerating, in a single page is hard.
There are a lot of moving parts in a successful job hunting process:
- Searching for jobs
- Writing CVs and cover letters
- Throwing a tantrum about having to copy your entire resume into a job application form (what is up with that?!)
- Passing the phone-screenings and in-person interviews
- Walking out of the interview, trying not to think about that one awkward answer you just gave…
- Celebrating for making it to next round of interviews!
- Understanding visa requirements
- Sending follow up and thank you emails…
The most important, is building a CV. So here’s what we recommend you keep in mind when creating or editing your resume
- Focus on structure and simplicity
- Keep it to one page
- Skip the objective
- Definitely skip the picture (but only on your CV)
- Avoid uncomfortably personal details
- When you talk about your experience, make it active and measurable