CV Writing Tips for Fresh Graduates in Jordan
You probably already know that your CV is one of the most important elements of your job application, but how do you go on about creating a resume that gets you the job you want if you’re a fresh graduate?
Read on for some tips and tricks that you can use to create a resume that captures the attention of recruiters and hiring managers in Jordan and the Middle East.
1) Make it Skimmable
You’ve heard it before, recruiters only spend a few seconds reviewing an individual resume. That’s why you should format and structure your resume in a way that makes all the important details easy to spot for the recruiter’s eyes.
To make your resume easy to read, we recommend:
Using a basic but modern font, like Helvetica or Arial
Using a font size between 10 and 12
Leaving a good amount of white space on the page
You can also use a different font for your name and section headers (e.g. education, experience, skills, awards), as long as you are consistent all over.
2) Keep it to One Page
As a fresh graduate, your resume shouldn’t be longer than one page. Even if you have a lot of extracurricular activities, volunteering, and internship experience, you should only mention the experiences, courses, and skills that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.
3) Focus on Your Achievements
Don’t list out all your job responsibilities under your experience section. Instead, highlight your accomplishments to demonstrate your added value to the recruiter and set yourself apart from the rest of the applicants.
Let’s look at an example to practice.
If your current resume says:
Wrote social media posts
You can improve this bullet point by being more specific and talking about measurable results, like this:
Wrote 5 Instagram posts every week, which resulted in a 50% increase in account followers within 2 months.
4) No Relevant Work Experience? No Problem!
The trick to focus on the transferrable skills that you’ve picked up from any internships or volunteer work along with any academic or side projects. For example, if the job description asks for experience working in teams, you can highlight the group projects you worked on at university or through your volunteer work.
5) Proofread & Spell Check
Read your resume thoroughly and triple check for typos and spelling mistakes. We also recommend asking a trusted friend or mentor to review your resume and give suggestions.
Useful trick: print your resume before you send it. It’s easier to spot mistakes in print.
6) Save & Send as PDF
If you submit your resume as a Word Doc, the formatting and layout of your resume might change depending on the word processor and font compatibility on the receiving end. To protect your resume from turning into a messy and unreadable document, we recommend that you save and send your CV as a PDF file, always.
As for what file name to use unless there’s a specified file name format, we suggest you save it like this:
“Your First Name_Your Last Name_Resume,” e.g. “Ahmad_Natour_Resume.”
Not so complicated right? Go ahead, start writing!