The Story of a Graduate – Part Four

It seems I have put it off for long enough. It is time to get down to the nitty gritty of actually getting a job. First step: write my C.V.

What I originally thought would be a fairly simple affair has actually turned out to be a lot more complicated. I have been confronted with a number of dilemmas along the way.

Firstly, do I write a generic CV and then use an in depth cover letter when I apply, or do I tailor make the C.V for each job? I eventually decided to write a basic C.V which I would then adapt for each job I applied for.

However, what about the C.V I was going to upload onto recruitment sites? How should I approach this? I didn’t want to be too broad as to appear unfocused, yet I didn’t want to be too narrow and make myself seem unsuitable for certain jobs. It was very hard to judge, as I didn’t know exactly who would be reading it and what exactly they would be looking for from me. I tried for something in the middle, that would hopefully cover all bases, but I am not sure how successful I have been.

It seems to be an unwritten rule that on your C.V you have license to bend the truth a little in order to make yourself look better. But my next problem was deciding where the line between artistic license and outright fabrication lay. Could playing for my halls of residence football team, in one tournament, be seen as an active interest in University sports? Should I invent responsibilities at my previous jobs to make them look more worthwhile? In the end I had a pang of conscience and was entirely truthful.

Though with things as competitive as they, there is real pressure to talk yourself up in your C.V and the temptation to lie is ever present. Maybe being truthful will hinder me or perhaps it will save me from some embarrassing questions in future interviews, only time will tell.

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