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Graduates warned to keep their CVs snappy

Published: Thursday, 12 March 2009   Category: Career Advice

Those looking for graduate jobs at the current time have been reminded by CV advice consultancy The Write Stuff that applications should be written with an interview in mind, not a job.

Speaking at the National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition in London last week, the company said that CVs should not contain any negative information or be more than two pages.

However, a CV should ideally be slightly over one page, with one page CVs only being produced if they have been specifically asked for by the company.

Graduates should keep the most important information on the first page, including personal details, skills, relevant qualifications and most recent employment.

Peter Panayotou, senior consultant for The Write Stuff, said: "The CV is only to get you to the interview, so resist the temptation to put everything in. You are not writing an autobiography."

The National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition is an opportunity for students and graduates to ask advice of employers including HSBC, Abbey and the Royal Air Force.

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