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CV 'of vital importance' for graduate job

Published: Monday, 13 July 2009   Category: Career Advice

With the number of people with degrees in the UK still rising, employers are warning that university education will not guarantee a good graduate job.

Research from the Sutton Trust shows that 77 per cent of secondary school students expect to go to university and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has said that graduate job hunters must concentrate on their CVs.

Tom Hadley, director of external relations at the REC, recommended that CVs should be worked on, preferably from an early age, in order to make employers sit up and notice the extra things the graduate job candidate has done.

He added: "Whether you've got a history degree or a media relations degree [for example], if you've got a few more specific things on your CV where you have done placements [and] a few temporary jobs that can actually help you."

The Graduate Recruitment Bureau recently advised job hunters that CVs should be tailored to each individual employer to make the most impact, and a good covering letter is also a positive.


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