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Graduates should be smart with their CV
Monday, 22 March 2010
Recent university leavers looking for some good graduate CV tips may be interested to hear the views of a resume expert who has claimed that taking a job unrelated to your future need not damage your CV.
Peter Panayotou, senior analyst at the Write Stuff, said that taking a career dip or sidestep into another job does not necessarily have to damage your record as it can be displayed in a way that negates the potential bad points.
He said: "I actually create two sections for the employment and that way you can give priority to what is relevant and minimise what's not. The last relevant job which may be the previous one may be the one that shows first."
If potential gaps on a CV are imminent he recommended taking up voluntary work as "it always looks much better if you have something on there rather than nothing at all; gaps always look awful on the CV".
Mr Panayotou was speaking in response to research from Badenoch & Clark which revealed that one in four professionals have been forced to take jobs they are over-qualified for because of the recession.
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