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Write a Compelling CV in 3 Easy Steps

As a specialist in postgraduate recruitment, I’ve sifted through hundreds if not thousands of applications to Masters’ programmes. One of the essentials to get right is your CV, which is the first thing that higher education institutions assess as part of the application process.

 Here are my top 3 tips to help you write a compelling CV that gets you noticed

1. Stick to  One Page

Higher education institutions receive lots of applications from students. Most will only spend 30 seconds reviewing your CV in the first instance.

The last thing a busy admissions tutor wants to do is go hunting for information that they are looking for, so keep your CV short with defined sections: education, work experience, interests and achievements. And choose a clear layout - simplicity is key.

2. Cover the Expected

List your education – bachelor degree/course, institution and years of study. You do not need to include your results as we will see them on your university transcripts.

If you have work experience, either full-time or internship, you should also list these - starting with the most recent. You should summarise your responsibilities in these posts.

Then we want to know more about you as a person: what languages you speak, any skills you have in IT or programming etc, and your hobbies and interests.

3. Make Yourself Stand Out

Tell us about your achievements – either in your previous undergraduate studies or in work. Did you improve efficiency on one project or task? Did you increase sales on a certain product or in a market? How many people did you manage? Were you awarded a scholarship or did you take part in a particular project that highlights your skills or abilities?

It is often difficult remembering the projects you have been involved with, so revisit your CV every so often to add any successes.

Mark O’Brien is Director of Postgraduate Recruitment for UK and Europe at Sommet Education, a group encompassing Swiss hospitality management schools Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches Global Hospitality Education.


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