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CVs are for marketing yourself, graduates told

Published: Thursday, 13 August 2009   Category: Career Advice

An industry expert has told university leavers seeking out graduate jobs to sell themselves to employers through their CVs and application forms.

Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, was commenting on recent research by Powerchex, which showed that the number of young people who have lied on their CV has increased in the last year.

Mr Hawes said that lying isn't necessary and that there are many ways graduates can make their CVs stand out, such as doing extensive research as to what a potential employer is looking for.

He added: "Look at your CV and see if you can make it more tailored and interesting to the reader straight away, rather than just firing off a standard CV that looks the same to several different companies. A CV is a sales document essentially and graduates should see it as such."

Various members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants recently told the Cambridge News that a graduate job CV has to have a good cover letter, explaining the strengths and experience of the candidate.

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