Just graduated university? Here are some tips and examples on how to write your graduate CV.
You’ve just completed three years at university and you’re now ready to use all the skills you’ve learnt and find a graduate placement to start your career. After you’ve graduated it can be hard to write your CV for the first time, especially if you haven’t got a huge amount of work experience.
There are a number of differences between a standard CV you’ve used to apply for part time student jobs in the past and a CV to apply for graduate roles. We’re going to show you how making subtle changes can showcase your skills and experience to give you the best chance of landing that graduate position you’ve always wanted.
This section should always be tailored to the position you’re applying for. Try to avoid just writing very generic information as this will be very noticeable to any recruiter. Same goes for unrelated information as anything that isn’t relevant to the vacancy your applying for is a waste of valuable space.
With a personal statement you want to answer any introduction questions a recruiter may have: Who are you? What do you offer to our company? What are you aiming for in your career?
On traditional CVs, you generally start with your previous work experience followed by your education. However, for a graduate CV you should focus on the the Education with your most recent events on top.
You’ll also go into more detail than you would on a standard CV including information about modules you’ve completed or what the focus of your dissertation was. Include your degree classification alongside the results of your A Levels and other higher education achievements.
For your GCSE results, most employers won’t ask about your specific results so its fine to just give a general overview focusing on Maths, English and Science.
Hobbies & Interests
Including your hobbies and interests on your CV is completely optional. It’s a section that is never required by an employer but if you have interests and hobbies that are relevant to the position you’re applying for then it’s a great idea to include these.
A good question to ask yourself when writing this section is: Will adding this information help me get the job? Activities like going out and watching Netflix are unlikely to be of interest to a potential employer (unless that employer is Netflix of course!)
Your employment history
For a lot of people, applying for a graduate position is their first step into full time employment or employment in general. If you don’t have a huge amount of relevant experience, then you can briefly outline the part time student jobs you’ve had up until now.
Some employers will ask for references directly in the job advert, however, if this isn’t specified then it’s perfectly fine to state that they are available upon request.