How to format your graduate CV

You’re close to graduating, so now is the time to get your graduate CV in order, if you haven’t had a chance to already!

You may have worked part-time, volunteered, completed a gap year, or took part in a placement year. Or, you may have dedicated yourself fully to your studies, any which way your graduate CV needs to go, we can help!

The key to securing an interview is making your CV relevant to the job you are applying for. To do this, hiring managers need to be able to easily identify that you are a worthwhile candidate for the job. Here are our top tips on how to format your graduate CV:

To start…

You’ll need to have a personal statement, this says a bit about you, your studies and your ambitions. We can help you with this as we understand how awkward it can be writing about yourself. It only needs to be 3-4 sentences long and needs to be relevant to the role you’re applying for, a good tip is to look at some of the key words in the job specification.

Next up, Education…

Next, list your Education, in reverse order, so your degree appears first. As your education is likely to be your most recent and prominent experience, it is best to list this before any work experience you’ve completed. Focus mainly on your Uni education, be sure to include your degree title, qualification and even any specific modules that are relevant to the role you’re applying for. List your GCSE’s and A levels, rather than going into in-depth detail as an employer will be most interested in your degree; as that is the highest level of education you’ve achieved.

Work, work, work…

Next up, list your work experience, again, with the most recent first, followed by previous duties. You want to include anything that is relevant to the role you’re apply for, for instance, if you worked part-time at Uni as a bartender, your customer service skills will look great if you’re apply for a Sales/Customer Service role. If you volunteered or completed a placement year, be sure to include the details here as you would any job you have done.

Gap Year…

Don’t go into too much detail about what you did, maybe mention where you went (travelled South-East Asia). You want to highlight the skills you learnt, the group activities you took part in, anything that will make your CV stand out against another candidate – potentially one with working experience.

Interests…

Keep these appropriate to the role you’re applying for; reading or drawing is a good hobby if you want to go into marketing, as it shows you’re creative.  Saying you like to play xbox isn’t going to help you get that Sales or HR job.

Top tip…

Most graduates will use their Hotmail or Gmail email address as a contact email but remember if it isn’t professional, get a new one!

Lastly…

We receive a high number of CV’s and the majority of them are sent as CV1, or CV but the best way to send them is in the below format:

Full Name – CV

Please contact us if you need some help with your graduate CV, or if you want us to check and make sure it reaches its full potential, get in touch with us today.