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    • lj876
    • By lj876 18th Jun 17, 8:18 PM
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    New graduate - CV questions
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    • 18th Jun 17, 8:18 PM
    New graduate - CV questions 18th Jun 17 at 8:18 PM
    I'm a new graduate in a fairly niche Allied Health field. Although I have applied for interviews, jobs are subject to a waiting list. I have a prior degree in Psychology as well as previous employment from this time period, but I've been unemployed while studying due to family commitments.

    I want to start work (any work) while waiting for a post and I have identified agencies I want to go to. However, due to my background a chronological CV looks extremely patchy...but a functional CV seems to be looked down upon. I can emphasise skills I learned while on placement, as well as soft skills from caring responsibilities and volunteering at parkrun. I do have experience in admin and data entry, customer-facing roles, handling long-term projects (research skills, time management), and I'm used to being on my feet all day and working hard on placement. I'm not bad at interviews and I can practise. It's just getting through the initial sift may be my issue...

    Does anyone have any advice (or encouraging anecdotes...) for how I can best approach this?
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    • xapprenticex
    • By xapprenticex 18th Jun 17, 9:00 PM
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    • 18th Jun 17, 9:00 PM
    Many years ago i bought this book

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    I advise you get it, its of use throughout your career, you can get a used copy for a penny (excluding postage)
    • GothicStirling
    • By GothicStirling 20th Jun 17, 5:04 PM
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    • 20th Jun 17, 5:04 PM
    Do you still have access to your university's careers department?
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 20th Jun 17, 5:25 PM
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    • 20th Jun 17, 5:25 PM
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    • 20th Jun 17, 5:25 PM
    I'd write a CV in the conventional way and explain the gaps. I don't see the gaps being a huge issue if you were studying at the time. Its not like you were just chilling! Ensure your opening statement is strong and mention the volunteering and placements too.
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