23 Hopeless Stages of Writing Your First Graduate CV
Writing your first CV after leaving university can be a real struggle. But don’t worry; you’re not alone.
1. After putting it off for a long time, you finally get round to writing your graduate CV.
2. It starts off well enough. You have a degree now, after all.
It’s basically a treat to write something that isn’t an essay or exam.
3. You spend longer than is probably necessary choosing a font.
4. And scrawl through every CV template you can find only to end up with the first one you saw.
5. “I’ve got this now,” you tell yourself, thinking you’ll have it done in no time.
6. Before immediately hitting your first road block.
You have literally no idea where to start.
7. Introducing yourself feels really awkward.
8. And you suddenly regret not developing more interests at uni.
Or just better ones, really.
9. You struggle to sound convincing when discussing how your degree has qualified you for an actual adult job with real adult responsibility.
10. And try to think of a way to make it seem like you have more experience than you actually do.
11. Even if you have some small amount of work experience, you feel like none of it is enough.
12. You begin to wonder whether anything you achieved at uni is relevant to the working world.
13. While desperately trying to identify some skills you have that would make your CV stand out from others.
14. It’s not long before you feel an existential crisis coming on.
15. And you start to wonder whether university was such a good idea after all.
16. You consider just making things up.
But you give that up quickly when you realise you’re even worse at making lies sound convincing than the truth.
17. No matter which way around you order it, you can’t decide which way is better.
Experience or education first?
18. Not that it always matters…
19. Even after you’ve tailored it to a specific job, you feel like it’s still the most perfunctory thing in the world.
Something you try to be OK with.
20. And you almost start to wish you could just go back to writing essays again.
21. Because the thought of what potential employers will say when they read it makes you want to delete the whole thing.
22. You try to make yourself feel better by hoping that everyone else will have struggled just as much as you.
“Maybe mine will be the best of a bad lot.”
23. And ultimately vow to just make up for everything in your Cover Letter.
Good luck! 😅