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Writing a Winning CV

Written by Jamie Wright

Your CV, the written elevator pitch. Trying to sell your achievements, experience and skill-set on one piece of paper can be challenging, and whether you’re submitting your CV for a postgraduate degree or job application, it’s important to understand how you can best promote yourself as the best candidate.

The Masters in Management team review hundreds of CVs each year from prospective students and applicants and we have seen it all – CVs with poems, CVs with quotes, CVs with too much personal information, a bad example of this is including irrelevant information such as blood type. You should share information that will allow the reader to have a better insight into who you are, and what you can offer.

If you’re currently preparing your CV to submit for an eligibility assessment or for your application and want to know what we look for (and what we don’t), here are a few tips to consider:

  • Keep it concise. Your CV should serve as an experience highlights piece. If included in your application we’ll see your transcripts, and your CV should highlight your degree title and major/minor and also overall grades. You should aim to keep it limited to one page, two at the very max. Unless you’ve had 20 years of experience you shouldn’t need any more space than that!
  • Keep it current. We’re interested in understanding your undergraduate career to date, so it is unnecessary to include any positions held before your first year of your undergraduate studies.
  • Keep it accurate. Avoid misleading the reader. If you were selected to participate in a case competition but didn’t in the end, make it clear. Likewise if you participated in a one week company insight programme, make evident the beginning and end dates, so that it is clear to the reader.
  • Keep it gap free. If you graduated six months ago but don’t tell us what you’ve been doing since, we’ll wonder why you’ve not been using the time to further yourself personally or professionally. You don’t want for the reader of your CV to have more questions than answers by the time they get to the bottom of the page, so make sure you you’ve accounted for your whereabouts.

 

I hope these few tips will help as you look to prepare your CV. And don’t forget, you can always submit your CV if you have any questions about your eligibility, or whether this is the right programme for you.