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'Back up claims in CV' when looking for graduate roles

Published: Tuesday, 07 June 2011   Category: Career Advice

University-leavers should make sure they support any claims of skill and experience they make on their CV with firm evidence when looking for graduate opportunities, The Write Stuff has said.

Peter Panayotou, founder and senior consultant of the organisation, said that it "can be a problem" if people do not back up claims with substantiation.

"You are supposed to give evidence about any claims that you make rather than just making a random statement, because it's meaningless without some form of evidence to back it up," he said.

"Anybody can make a random claim, but what's tricky about it is that you don't want to go into too much detail about why you're making that statement and what the evidence is."

However, the leading consultant said that candidates for graduate roles should not spend too long justifying their abilities, as keeping a CV concise is also important.

Fifty-eight per cent of workers aged 18 to 29 are actively looking for a new job, or will be within six months, an international survey of over 30,000 from GfK Custom Research has found.

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