To Write A Professional Graduate CV
a professional graduate CV can be a daunting task for any candidate
approaching their graduation date. You have probably spent in excess
of £20,000 on your education and now it's time for it to start paying
you back! Graduate CV's are always going to be light on experience so
please don’t get hung up on what you haven’t done, everyone is in
the same boat at this stage. The key is to demonstrate your potential to the employer and this is where your personal
statement, key skills and educational overview should all come into
graduate CV is in essence the same as most other CV's (excluding highly technical fields) in that we would follow a traditional layout, however, placing much more emphasis on the education
section as this is what you have paid for!
can write this in the 1stperson,
person, or a mixture of the two (contrary to popular 'law', the aim is to present information effectively), regardless of the person that you
write it in you must ensure it's no more than 10 lines long and is actually specific to you. Do not download a sample personal statement or any
templates, as you will be tempted to use generic text which stands out
a mile away and is essentially ineffective.
a graduate, you won't have developed an overabundance of key skills throughout your
working life, however, you will have developed some during the course of your degree. Examples might
communication skills both written and verbal to a wide range of
stakeholders, including delivering technical presentations.
Excellent I.T. skills, including advanced use of the Microsoft Office suite.
would certainly recommend pulling out all the stops in this section.
Don’t just list the degree that you have, but if you feel it's
relevant feel free to include specific modules. As a general rule of
thumb we wouldn’t recommend anyone with a 2:2 or 3rd
listing their grade as this can put people off before they even
meet you! Better to just list the degree and leave this for a later
conversation, at interview.
graduates will have some level of work experience and the trick is how
to represent this as well as possible. A typical graduate may have
worked in a retail position and as such here are some basic duties
that show that any role can be de-constructed to sound as involving
customers directly to assist with product selection and influence purchasing decisions.
Complaint handling, securing positive outcomes for customers and protecting store reputation.
Overseeing efficient replenishment and rotation, maximizing product availability.
you can see, this is the beginning of a really strong duties list that
any potential employer will be able to relate to their business.
good to include if your CV is light on experience - We suggest using
personal interests that add value. For example, if you're seeking to
work in the fitness industry, a relevant personal interest would be
“Maintaining a high level of personal fitness through both regular gym
attendance and team sport participation”.
you're interested in having your CV written by one of our professional CV writers, please give us a call on 0207 112 8497 for more information.