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Scottish Grads told to ‘dumb down’ CVs

Category: Scottish Economy — Gary Cain on August 2, 2012

A survey, conducted by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), has suggested that university graduates in Scotland are being told to “dumb down” their CVs in a bid to get a job.

The CAS survey, which polled 1,000 Scottish graduates, found that two-thirds of students thought that the Jobcentre had been unhelpful in finding work. Moreover, just one per cent said the Jobcentre had been helpful in finding graduate-level work.

One student surveyed, a 25-year-old law graduate, said:

“At the (Jobcentre) group meetings we were encouraged to leave any degree off the CV to help us find more plentiful unskilled work. I was told to stop looking for graduate work and take a ‘survival’ job.”

There have been many voices negating the validity of the survey though. Director of Universities Scotland Alastair Sim said:

“The results of the Citizens Advice survey are statistically invalid. The survey, and all media coverage to promote it, was deliberately and unashamedly targeted at graduates who have struggled to find work.”

Many Scottish companies are also taking steps to up their recruitment of graduates. Many have found that through using such strategies as invoice discounting, they can still grow their graduate staffs despite continuing economic difficulties.

The claim that graduate jobseekers were being told to alter their qualifications was denied by the Department of Work and Pensions.

A spokesperson said that DWP advisers recommend that CVs – and the way in which various skills and experience are presented – should be tailored specifically for the role applied for.

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