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Earlier this year we started running a free service to graduates whereby we will give free interview advice. It has been very successful and we have had a lot of positive feedback from it including this today from Pedro Francis:

“I would like to thank Barry and his team for all their help and advice, which has resulted in me having been offered a Junior Java Developer job. All the great interview advice and the telephone advice sessions have been so useful in my interviews”

One thing we were frequently asked about was help in putting together a CV. It can be very tricky knowing what people expect to see in your CV so we have teamed up with several graduate employers from a variety of industries to put together what we consider to be a fine example of a Graduate CV. You can find it here:

Please feel free to use it for inspiration or as a template for your own CV. It is worth considering that you should take the time to adjust your CV to make it suitable for each and every application you send, but this should serve as a good starting point when putting together your applications.

We would love to hear from you as to your thoughts and any success you have when using it.

Barry Cranford
Barry Cranford runs ClearView IT Recruitment Solutions Ltd: A recruitment consultancy specialising in the Java Development industry.

“As an experienced technical recruiter I look at thousands of CVs trying to find graduates that stand out. My clients agree that the single best example is a graduate that has shown an interest above and beyond their formal education and has shown an interest in Open Source Software. I regard it as the surest indicator of a candidate’s passion toward their profession.

Personally I will ALWAYS look out for CVs from candidates that have an understanding of the OSS industry – to me it is the easiest way to get a head start in a career in software.”

Barry Cranford – Managing Director of ClearView IT Recruitment Solutions Ltd

Hi all,

For all of you out there, worried about CVs, interviews and what employers are looking for… I actually wrote a recruitment guide several years ago. It can be found and downloaded here:

It should give you an idea not just about how the handle and manage the recruitment process but also the part that recruiters play which can often be confusing when you’re entering the industry.

Keen to hear feedback from you if this helped, or if you feel you have some other advice to offer please add it in a comment to help others that may be reading.

Barry Cranford

So what is the GDC, and what is it all about?

Learning new technologies, Career development, Recruitment advice, Networking….

The GDC or Graduate Development Community is a social network for degree students & recent graduates to come together in one place.

If you are not already aware, the London Technical Community is positively buzzing with a large number of users’ groups aimed at pretty much any technology you could be interested in, specialist or general. Users’ groups started in the early days of mainframe computers, as a way to share sometimes hard-won knowledge and useful software and have thrived ever since.

As an example I run a user group aimed at Java developers (it’s called the LJC, you can find out more at through this community we organise regular presentations for Java developers of all levels from Graduates to Senior Technical Architects and Development Managers to get free introductions to the latest technologies from key figures in the industry. The LJC acts as a platform to assist people in learning, networking & career development, feel free to read our members feedback:

My background is in technical recruitment. I have many connections with UK based companies and have throughout my career spent a lot of time trying to understand the technical recruitment process and what companies are looking for from candidates of every level. Much of the feedback I have had when it comes to Graduates is that there is a gap between what is taught in Universities and what is used in Industry. I am hoping to use a combination of my industry connections and personal experience to help bridge that gap through anyway possible.

To become a member please visit our official Community site –

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

Barry Cranford

What is the GDC?

The GDC, or Graduate Development Community is an independent community of undergraduate software developers. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the worlds of Academia and Business. We organise and host presentations and events with senior members of the development community as well as offering advice, guidance, internships and jobs through our community site.