Have you just graduated and looking for opportunity to get a nice job? Looking for part-time occupance easy to combine with lectures and classes at the university? It does not matter if you already have some professional experience or if you are just looking for your first job - the key to success is always a well-prepared CV. What mistakes are most often made by students and graduates during the preparation of the curriculum vitae?

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Why CV is so vital?

Nowadays, the initial stages of recruitment processes take place online. People look for offers primarily on job advertising portals and participate in recruitment via contact forms or by sending an e-mail. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that at the very beginning you do not have the opportunity to talk to a potential employer, and the only way to make a good impression is to prepare a good CV. Do not worry if (for now) you cannot boast of great experience. It is worth remembering that experience, qualifications and skills are one thing, and their good presentation is the other. Find out what mistakes are most often made by students and graduates when preparing a CV.

First of all: I'll place any occupance into my CV

Have you worked at the seaside on a souvenir stand as a secondary school graduate? Have you helped on the construction site? Or, maybe, you have babysat your cousin's child once (and only once)? It's great that you already have some experience, but you do not have to show off with everything. One of the biggest mistakes that are made not only by young people, but also experienced job market conquerors is the inclusion of absolutely every professional experience in the CV. If you apply for a specific position, think about what experience and skills may interest the recruiters. Matching your CV to the job offer may turn out to be a bull's eye, so before sending your documents, it is worth considering whether each item in your CV is needed.

Second of all: my education is a key to success

Remember that there is life outside the university, and not everyone can be aware that the major you have studied is one of the most elitist. Currently, graduation does not guarantee that you will find a job without the slightest problems. The best way to succeed is to use the acquired knowledge and skills during the five-year study. Employers of young people entering the labor market first of all value highly developed soft skills: ability to work in a group, communication skills, good organization of work.

Third of all: who do you think read application letters?

You are looking for a job, so you are responding to a number of offers every day. Some employers, in addition to a CV, also require a cover letter. A large part of people looking for a job think that application letters are not read at all by the referees or employers. Therefore, they either do not send it at all and limit their application only to sending a CV or send a ready template downloaded from the Internet. If creativity is required of employees in each industry, how will the employer assess the copied cover letter? Or, how do you think your intentions will be perceived if you do not send the letter at all?

Fourth of all: look at me, I'm exceptional!student 849822 640

For those who are looking for the first job, it is difficult to boast of rich professional experience. After all, it's not a surprise! Even if you have not worked before and are looking for the first part-time job, remember that everyone used to start. Some people choose a different way to highlight their CV and instead of sending a traditional document, they send a colorful and extremely "original" CV. Knowledge of a foreign language represented by a graph, dots, lines, fancy font and icons, and instead of a traditional photo - selfie. We advise: if you want to "embellish'' your CV, remember that sometimes less is more! While adding graphic elements and embellishments, bear in mind that the layout should be transparent and clear.

Fifth of all: I do not know anything about it!

The fifth and final mistake is more about making decisions when applying for a specific job than preparing the CV itself. Remember that one of the most desirable features among employees is flexibility as well as the ability to learn quickly. Today, the economist can boast of a "penmanship", and the engineer, in addition to analytical thinking skills, is great in dealing with a business client. Remember also that a large proportion of graduates (especially in the field of humanities and social studies) do not work in they actually learned profession at all. Instead, they use their skills workig in completely different positions. Then, before you reject an advertisement, think carefully. You can also find an employer who deliberately employs people without experience in a specific position, and at the beginning of cooperation, they focus on intensive training.