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Dexter has chosen the Erasmus template because of its colourful, minimalistic, and creative layout which appropriately displays his information in a concise manner for a junior digital marketer position.

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"Attentive and organised graduate with a specialisation in digital marketing and brand management. Adaptive and data-driven individual with a strong track record in advertising, business organisation, market growth and market research. Striving to improve business marketing strategies by providing solutions through a creative yet pragmatic approach. Looking for an entry-level position or internship as a junior marketer in a world-leading corporate with a fast-paced and enterprising working environment."

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How to create the graduate CV?

Did you just graduate, or are about to graduate? Are you applying for your first job? Do you feel confused or uncertain about what you need to have on your graduate CV? Did several companies reject your application? Don't worry because we're here to help get your foot in the door of the UK job market and give you more confidence in CV writing. This guide will discuss everything you need to know to craft a sound graduate CV.

It's becoming more difficult to find a job in the UK, especially for recent graduates who don't always have the right competencies or required work experience. Naturally, you might feel lost or insecure about your career or personal choices after graduating from university. Even after years of studying, many undergraduate students never learn how to write a graduate CV correctly. Don't worry; millions of others are in the same boat as you. If you're feeling lost after graduation, we have provided advice on entering the workforce.

This article will show you how to strategically approach and prioritise the most necessary information regardless of your academic background. We've included a fresh graduate CV sample.

Preparation: mapping out the process of writing a graduate CV

The first step of writing a CV (abbreviation for Curriculum Vitae) is the preparation stage: research and collecting information. A CV is a career document that shows an employer or recruiter that you're the right candidate for a job, i.e. marketing yourself as the perfect fit. Dedicating sufficient time to plan and cater your CV to each position or vacancy will make you stand out from other applicants.  

CVs can differ depending on what kind of job you are looking for, but any CV's essence lies in choosing keywords to match the job vacancy and showing off who you are as a professional.

CV structure 

Everyone's CV will look a little different. Nevertheless, every CV should include essential information, no matter the individual. We've provided a list of different sections found on a CV. 

Your CV should contain the following elements:

  • Personal information

  • Profile summary 

  • Work experience (if applicable)

  • Area of expertise (skills)

  • Education and qualifications

You can also make use of the following elements, but they are optional and only if applicable:

  • Additional experience

  • Certificates

  • Technical proficiencies

  • Languages

  • Hobbies and/or interests

  • References

  • Awards and achievements

We go into detail about each section later in our article. First, you need to create a master CV by listing all your information in a document following the sections listed above.

Master CV

When applying to jobs, you should at least create a new CV for each position, or better yet, the vacancy you're applying for. Creating a new CV from scratch can be very time-consuming and make room for many mistakes. You might forget to include specific information or how you previously phrased something. Before any step, you need a master CV. This document is the log of your entire history.

Collect, write down, and compile all personal, academic, and professional achievements you have so far into one document. A master CV document will prevent you from having to recall information and rewrite it each time. A master CV will allow you to copy-paste your details and only require minor editing to cater to each vacancy.

Indeed, you will initially save time in creating your first targeted CV. However, it eventually costs you much more time in the long term to write multiple targeted CVs from scratch. We advise keeping all your experience in one file and using it as a reference tool for your future job-specific CVs. It would be best not to use your master CVs for job applications. 

Master CV structure

A master CV should be structured concisely. Write all your details in bullet points under headings or bold texts to indicate titles.


Responsibilities and duties

  • Daily responsibilities and duties

  • Whom you worked with 

  • Skills you’ve attained or practised


  • Numerical data of any achievements) 

  • Award titles


  • Name, contact information, position


  • Study name (grade level or honours if applicable)

  • Subjects, courses, modules (grades)

  • Additional achievements or participation



  • Update your master CV regularly by adding any new experiences you have obtained.

  • Always refer to your master CV when creating your job-specific or vacancy-specific CV.

  • Use a black and white document with simple headings and subheadings.

  • Include your academic and work experience in reverse chronological order with the most recent experience on top.


Do not

  • Apply for jobs with a master CV.

  • Waste time creating a vacancy-specific CV from scratch for every job.

  • Forget to proofread and spell-check your master CV.

  • Exclude metrics or key performance indicators for your experiences.

Job vacancy as a cheat sheet

Research the company culture and tailor your CV to a specific job position. This tactic shows your potential employer that you're attentive to their needs and have genuine interest and commitment. 

Collect the information from the vacancy you are applying to and the company's website, like the 'About us' page, to get to know the company's brand and values. 

Create a list with key requirements, wording, and elements of the company's values and needs. Use this list and your master CV to reword and paste information on your vacancy-specific CV. Even though it will be more time-consuming to make a vacancy-specific CV, the cost behind it is beyond worth it. 

Tips to make your CV more job-specific

  • Use keywords found on the vacancy, including specific adjectives, skills, or role obligations

  • Match the key requirements to your experience - years of experience, industry knowledge.

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Types of jobs you should be searching for as a fresh graduate

As an inexperienced or unqualified graduate, our advice is to focus on internships, traineeships and entry-level positions. The reason is that associate, senior or other job levels require much more experience. Make sure you get familiar with the type of position and job level before applying for a job.

Application tracking system - What is ATS, and how to optimise for it?

Application Tracking System is a software application that helps employers gather, sort out, and track candidates through the hiring and recruitment process. In other words, companies employ automation techniques to scan CVs to identify ideal candidates that have relevant qualities on their CV. Companies and recruiters often use an ATS to save time during the application process.

ATS can filter out your qualities and qualifications by the following variables:

  • Number of years of work experience

  • Specific keywords

  • Experience with particular techniques or software 

  • Certain knowledge or skills

  • Speaking a specific language 

How to optimise your CV for ATS

To optimise your CV, open up the vacancy of interest and create a list of critical skills (personal and professional), responsibilities and vital characteristics the employer is looking for in a candidate. Employers will enter these key search terms and conditions into the ATS. Replicate this list of phrases throughout your CV to show up as a top candidate. 

Recent graduate CV sample

Below you can find the junior digital marketing graduate CV example for the candidate Dexter Saunders, a recent graduate with almost no (paid) work experience.

Graduate CV example UK

Graduate CV example UK: Dexter Saunders is a university graduate with a BSc in Marketing looking for a new job as a Junior Digital Marketing Assistant. This CV sample shows that despite his lack of experience Dexter possesses transferable skills from his academic background, side activities and jobs.

For more information, check out the article on how to write a marketing CV.

Components of a good graduate CV

1. Template and presentation 

Based on the position you are applying to, think carefully about what template would fit better with your future company and work. Your layout can also have a meaningful impact on your application, especially if you're applying for a job which demands more creative, visually engaging skills. Make sure to use this opportunity to express yourself in a visual and artistic form while showing what drives you as a person.

For example, for the marketing graduate CV example, we chose the Erasmus template because of its colourful, minimalistic, and creative layout. But feel free to experiment with different templates yourself.

Select the template which fits you the best for your graduate CV
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Apply to vacancies with your CV saved as a PDF. Ensure that your CV opens properly on any device. Our CV Maker app does this automatically for you.

Aim to keep the text on your CV brief and concise. Your CV should consist of one or a maximum of two A4 pages. This does not mean your CV cannot be longer than the recommended number of pages if need be. A longer CV is standard for academic positions and STEM industries. Just be sure to keep in mind that your CV will be scanned in a very short amount of time by recruiters.

Avoid writing in the first person as it may come across as unprofessional or too personal. Only use first person pronouns when necessary. Opt to write in the third person without using your name/pronouns or first person without I/me/my. Refer to the graduate CV sample for guidance.

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2. Personal information

The personal information section includes core details for recruiters and potential employers to identify and contact you. This section must be easily identifiable and legible. 

You should include the following information:

  • Your full name (Clarify the first name if unclear)

  • Phone number

  • Email address

2.1 Additional information

We advise fresh graduates with portfolios or more experience to show than just their CV to include additional links to their profile. Your CV should be concise, so linking to the following pages allows you to elaborate on your projects, experiences and ideas. 

  • LinkedIn profile link 

  • Portfolio links

  • Professional websites or links

Only include information on your CV that makes you look good to your potential employer and that you're comfortable with sharing. You may omit information such as the city you're based in if you live far from your employer.

3. Work experience

Work experience is the core of most CVs. As a recent graduate, you may not have much work experience - this is normal and not something to worry about. Do you have relevant professional experience? Awesome! We elaborate more on approaching this section on our blog: 8 tips to highlight your work experience. You may also opt to write a skills-based CV instead. 

Always write this section with action verbs to describe your duties and achievements. List your experience in reverse chronological order, highlighting your most recent experience. Write a couple of lines describing your daily tasks or responsibilities, then use 3-4 bullet points to list your achievements

Only include relevant experiences to the position where you have obtained transferable skills. If you list work experience above your education, ensure your previous internship or placement was closely related to the job you're applying for. If it is not relevant, place it below the education section. 

  • Internships: this is perhaps the best substitute for your work experience because it gives a clear example of how you applied your skills learned during the job to work on a practical project for a corporate organisation. Additionally, skills gained from an internship make you more valuable as an employee. 

  • Traineeships and apprenticeships: like internships, they bridge the gap between your academic, personal, and professional interests. It signals to a recruiter that you have hard skills gained during your practical experience. You can look at it as an investment in your career. Although you usually don't get paid much for these kinds of training, the reward is much better than it seems at first glance. An undergraduate student with a completed traineeship or apprenticeship already has a much higher chance of getting a job than one with only university experience. 

  • Self-employment or freelancing are great additions to your CV. Include your job position title, company or client name(s), and dates. Similar to work experience, side jobs or internships, make use of a few lines then bullet points: include your duties and accomplishments.

3.1 Additional experience 

Add a new section on your CV as ‘additional experience’, or ‘professional experience’ if you do not have work experience, which includes all your side activities. The examples of these activities include but are not limited to student societies, board memberships, and volunteering for non-profit organisations.  This section can be extremely valuable for those graduates who barely have any relevant work experience to show.

Additional experience could include the following:

Add a new section on your CV as 'additional experience' or 'professional experience' if you do not have work experience, which includes all your side activities. The examples of these activities include but are not limited to student societies, board memberships, and volunteering for non-profit organisations. This section can be especially relevant for those graduates who don't have any relevant work experience to show.

Additional experience could include the following:

  • Side jobs: even if you didn't earn much or hadn't outstanding achievements, it would still be valuable to include side jobs to showcase that you can commit and perform extra work besides your studies. Throughout your career, you probably also gained practical knowledge and skills, had job duties, and stayed for a more extended period. Examples of side jobs could include a waiter at a restaurant, bartender at a bar, courier for a delivery service, or some other position in catering or retail. 

  • Teaching assistants or tutors: these are known for providing academic assistance to assigned students outside of a classroom setting. Through this experience, you gain valuable teaching skills such as problem-solving, leadership, communication, and adaptability for each student. Tutors tend to be patient, motivated, and enthusiastic about their subjects. Tutoring qualifications and soft skills can also be highlighted in your profile summary; we will elaborate more on this later. For example, you can mention that one of your students increased their course grades from D to B in their final exam, or the tutee could have been admitted to another program thanks to your guidance. As a teaching assistant, you may include your contributions, the number of students you taught and in what course. 

  • Student societies: if you were a board member of a student society at your university or actively involved in your student community, include this on your CV. If it is a relevant experience to the job you're applying for, have this in your additional experience section. If it is irrelevant, list it under your university experience under education. Make sure to focus on the skills that you find transferable and suitable for your future career. 

  • Volunteering: volunteer activities do not directly belong to the work experience section because you're generally not hired or paid by an employer. It depends on what kind of volunteering experience you have, but in most cases, it is safer to keep it in this section. Volunteering is still a helpful experience that allows you to gain practical skills while working with diverse people in one team. So, don't be afraid to add it if you gain some relevant experience.

  • Projects: highlighting projects on your CV provides recruiters examples of your transferable skills applied in a non-academic setting. Adding them to your CV illustrates your ability to commit time, lead, initiate, or manage projects over a long period. Projects are beneficial if you are supervised or collaborate with third parties toward your goal.

3.2 No work experience

If you have no work experience, we recommend prioritising the focus of your CV on your education and academic achievements. For more information, read the education section. If you have no work history, put your education above work experience.

4. Education and qualifications

While some recruiters don't require you to possess a specific degree, others will only pick candidates who have a degree in marketing or business management, for instance. Check the job requirements to know if you're eligible for your desired job position.

Best ways to arrange the education section on your graduate CV

Start by writing a short description (3-4 sentences) of your degree. Include skills that would be relatable to a job you're applying for. 

Your bullet point list can include:

  • Relevant coursework

  • Thesis title (if appropriate)

  • Course certificates (eg extra winter/summer courses, workshops)

  • Less relevant student society board positions (this shows you've put in effort beyond your degree and can commit to more responsibilities).

  • Student societies fitting to the job you're applying for can be in your additional experience section.

Information to include in your education section

  • University (Bachelor, Master or PhD): add the study period of your degree (still to be completed), the institution, the degree you completed and GPA (only if it is 3.0 or higher).

  • Degree description: think of it as a job description in an academic setting. After your degree title and dates, write 3-4 sentences explaining your learned academic skills that can be converted and valuable in your desired industry. Our graduate CV example stresses Dexter Saunders' relevant skills in the field of digital marketing. This can also apply to the law graduate CV, engineering graduate CV or any other.

  • Thesis topic: this could be good additional information that might spark an interest in the recruiter's eyes. If an employer sees a relevant matter related to the industry projects and research, it might be a good indication that your interests match the interests of a company. You can add the final grade of your thesis if it is B or higher.  

  • Relevant academic courses: List several courses you find the most applicable to the position you are applying for. The best place to place them is directly under your degree program. Avoid adding all the courses you have taken for a specific track. Focus on those courses that better match the job description or company's goals. 

  • Certificates and professional courses: to showcase your professional skills to an employer, taking online courses from recognised websites or institutions would be one of the best ways to do it. To improve your chances of getting a job, don't hesitate to add professional certificates and courses if they relate to your field of study. 

  • For example, for the marketing graduate CV, take a look at the following courses offered by: Google (e.g. Google Analytics Individual QualificationFundamentals of digital marketing), Coursera (e.g. Storytelling in Branding and Content Marketing), or Gateway qualifications (e.g. Level 1 award in Digital Marketing). If you still feel it is not enough, consider starting a traineeship or apprenticeship at a small company that doesn't require much experience. 

  • GCSEs, International Baccalaureate, A-Levels (or equivalent): you don't need to list all the subjects you have completed; instead, state your final grade and the number of credits or courses you have achieved. Keep in mind that this section is not mandatory. If you studied in an international high school, it could be an excellent addition to highlight your open-mindedness and ability to work in a diverse and multicultural team.

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If your profile matches most of the requirements but not a few select points, don't be scared to send your application in any way. Be realistic, but don't deny yourself the opportunity to be invited for an interview by not applying. You would be rejecting yourself before the recruiter could do their job.

5. Area of expertise or skills

Adding skills to your CV is a must and should be done with careful consideration and prioritisation. Highlight your strengths in the industry you're seeking to pursue. When displaying your strengths and skills, ensure they are relevant to the position you are applying for. If writing a graduate CV or undergraduate CV, you may opt for the title Skills as you're not quite an expert in your field yet. If you're writing a postgraduate CV, you may opt for the title Area of expertise as you've now specialised in a specific field. 

Make sure that you use engaging and professional language. Avoid using expressions such as "hard worker", "good/bad knowledge", "team player", "honest", "funny personality", or any other empty expressions. Try only to include qualities that make a difference to the position you're applying for. Always ask yourself if these skills or qualities match your desired job vacancy or company. 

Hard (professional) skills: 

Hard skills are teachable abilities and capabilities which are easier to quantify. They typically pertain to concrete, measurable, and often technical skills which apply to a specific job. In contrast to soft skills, hard skills are tangible and are acquired and enhanced through practice, repetition, and education. Possessing hard skills usually implies having a certificate or diploma that proves you possess the necessary skills. 

  • Copywriting

  • Data analysis

  • Project management

  • Independent research

  • Machine learning

  • Social Media Marketing

  • Accounting

  • Website design and management 

  • Business organisation

  • Adobe Creative Suite

  • Programming languages (write the specific languages in your Technical proficiencies section)

Soft (personal) skills: 

Soft skills are natural character traits that you can hone in your daily life. Consider how you work and interact with other people or how you deal with conflict. Soft skills are usually not function-specific. Some people may be born with these skills, while others learn them through their life journey. Instead of the Area of Expertise (or Skills) section, mention soft skills in your personal profile (profile summary) to paint a better picture of you.

  • (Excellent) communication skills

  • Creativity

  • Problem-solving

  • Attention to detail/attentive/detail-oriented 

  • Leadership

  • Adaptability

  • Critical thinker

  • Time management

  • Strategic thinking 

  • Customer-oriented

  • Empathetic

For more details, check out this article on what skills to include on your CV.

6. Personal profile (incl. examples)

A personal profile summary is a flash report that shows an employer who you are and what you want to achieve. Write down 3 to 4 sentences that briefly demonstrate who you are, your experience, present situation, and future goals. Take the opportunity to catch the reader's attention and use keywords needed for a job. 

Don't forget to mention the soft skills here instead of the Area of Expertise section. Show both who you are and what your main strengths are. For an engineering graduate CV, for instance, it will be a good idea to indicate such qualities as results-driven, pragmatic, attention to detail, problem-solving, excellent at communicating complex issues, and leadership. Make sure to use action verbs to describe yourself and do not use first person pronouns.

In the last sentence of your summary, you can mention what kind of job you're looking for and what is your preferred working environment or culture.

No work experience profile summary, only education (Data Scientist CV)

Analytical and result-driven data scientist graduate with solid knowledge of JavaScript, Python, Scala, SQL, and R. Experienced in machine learning and statistical tools to convert complex data into clean and easily understandable results. Demonstrated excellent communication and data visualisation skills. Eager to learn how to work in a competent high-tech team to provide technical business insights. Looking for a new internship to apply my programming skills in a professional and innovative enterprise.

Student societies and side job student profile summary (Technical Writer CV)

Enthusiastic and creative English graduate with a passion for writing and technologies. Strong editing skills gained through university courses, PR and communication assistance roles in student societies, and a part-time job at a bookshop. Independent yet outgoing technical writer with a strong work ethic and problem-solving skills. Skilled in creating engaging, error-free, and easily accessible content for clients. Looking forward to joining a fast-growing and team-oriented company as a junior technical writer with a young team.

Intern profile summary, undergraduate student (Accountant CV)

Attentive and enthusiastic graduate with specialisation in accounting and finances. Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural and diverse environment while advising clients and stakeholders. Trained in governmental accounting procedures, financial statement preparation, budget analysis, and tax & audit policies. Proficient in QuickBooks, Odo, and custom accounting software. Applying for a junior accounting position in a governmental organisation or medium to a large law firm in the UK.

7. Additional sections

Once you have finished and written the main components, consider adding additional sections to your CV. While they are not mandatory, including them might still be beneficial - they give a good impression of your abilities and interests. Think of specific examples that can enhance your profile.

Standing out from other candidates is the only way to receive an interview invite. Show companies who you are and what you bring to the table by adding relevant additional sections. 

7.1 Technical proficiencies

To have a technical proficiency means having a competence level in specific tools such as operating computer systems, including software and hardware. Technical proficiencies are the means of your hard skills. If the hiring company is using a screening software or ATS, they can likely go through your CV and sort it out by keywords, including specific software names or technical skills knowledge required for a position.

Hard skills are your method, and technical proficiencies are your means. Technical proficiency is the tools or languages you use when practising your hard skills.

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Before you list any specific skills, double-check the job requirements to know in advance their expectations. Use the exact keywords as the vacancy to optimise for ATS.

Below you can find examples of technical proficiencies for different hard skills:

Programming (languages)

If you're familiar with one or more programming languages, list them in your technical proficiencies section. Only do that if the vacancy directly asks for these kinds of skills. Don't pick tech skills at random on your CV. 

  • JavaScript

  • HTML and CSS

  • Python

  • SQL

  • C++

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If the position you're applying for does not require much programming knowledge, you can briefly mention it in your Area of Expertise (also referred to as Skills) instead.

Design or editing 

Creative hard skills comprise video editing, photo editing, photography, and design. Here are examples of technical proficiencies of those skills

  • Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (ie Illustrator or After Effects)

  • Canon, Nikon, Sony

  • Blender, Figma, Gimp

7.2 Languages

Knowing a second or third language gives you a significant advantage in your career path. Showcase your ability to work in a multilingual and multicultural setting by including other languages you speak. Speaking multiple languages enhances cognitive abilities such as problem-solving, listening, multitasking, and memory skills. 

You can feature your language skills in a separate section or close to the main sections, such as skills and education. Before adding them to your CV, you may take a recognised test to assess your level of proficiency. You can indicate your proficiency level rating using either level bars or systems such as the CEFR indicators (A1-C2). 

Do not lie about your language proficiency. If you cannot use your skills in a professional setting, do not include them in your CV. 

If you want to know more about this section, check out the following blog article on how to add your unique language skills to your CV. 

7.3 Hobbies and interests

If you are a recent graduate and don't have much information to put on your CV, then resort to using this section. Hobbies and interests can add value to a CV by demonstrating your extra skills or passion for the related job. 

If you already have sufficient experience to show, then skip this section. It is not that common or recommended to include hobbies and interests in your CV unless needed. Only do it if you have minimal experience that is not directly related to the field you're applying for or if you lack professional industry knowledge. 

Relevant hobbies for a marketing role could include the following: artistic activities (painting, graphic design, arts), writing, blogging, photography, and video production. 

Need more info? Then look at this article on how to include hobbies and interests.

7.4 References

Add references only if your company asks for them or the referee adds excellent value to the application process. If they don't require it, it is better to leave it out of your CV. It is advisable to add your references to your master CV. In case you ever do need them, you can easily refer back.

For more details, check out this article on how to add your references to your CV. 

7.5 Awards and achievements

Achieving top results and winning in a contest can show an employer that you have the dedication and discipline to achieve your goal. This section is handy to include if you gained some outstanding accomplishments that gave you recognition related to the industry or job vacancy you're applying to.

Examples of achievements you could add:

  • Publishing a paper 

  • Competition in related industry 

  • Awards by an institution

This section is more applicable to those graduates who have achieved something exceptional on a more significant level. Avoid mentioning irrelevant achievements such as sports or festival competitions which don't bring much value to your application compared to more robust sections (ie work history and education).

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TLDR: Key takeaways

We have condensed some of the main points of the article. Feel free to check the previous sections for more details or our other blog articles where we delve more into the essentials of each part of your CV.

Here is our list of tips for your graduate CV: 

  • Apply with a CV and separate cover letter. 

  • Use concise, clear, and straightforward language.

  • Carefully proofread your CV every time you create a new one.

  • Use keywords and be persuasive.

  • Make sure your font choice and content look professional and, most importantly, readable and legible.

  • Be well prepared and research the company's culture and vacancy requirements.

  • Convert your academic skills into industry skills.

  • Focus on your extracurricular activities, training, and part-time jobs as well.

  • Create individual CVs for each vacancy that seems the most appealing to you.

  • Be aware of ATS, which can simply skip your application due to the absence of keywords.

  • Only include relevant information, don't add anything extra if it doesn't bring value.

Once you have completed all the preparation, writing, editing, and proofreading stages by making both a master and vacancy-specific CV, you can finally move forward and start applying for your jobs. Although we advise you to create a job-specific CV, don't hesitate to send out several applications to different employers who post similar vacancies. The more you apply, the more chances you'll succeed in landing your dream job. With more practice and time invested, you'll be able to master the art of persuasion and CV making. This skill will be handy not only in your next job but also in your future career.

Have fun mastering your CV writing skills, and all the best on your career journey. Stay creative and good luck!

FAQs and facts 

How long should my graduate CV be?

Your CV must be 1-2 pages long. Ideally, it is better to keep everything on one page. Try to avoid using lengthy and vague words. Note that two or more pages long CVs are not recommended unless you have many years of relevant experience or are applying for a job in academia or STEM industries. 

How to write a graduate CV?

It is crucial that you follow all stages of CV development, including but not limited to planning, researching, creating a master and vacancy-specific CV, followed by proofreading and editing. Use action verbs and clear language to avoid any ambiguities. Stick to the keywords on the company's website and job position. 

How to write a graduate CV with no experience?

If you have limited or no work experience, we recommend prioritising the focus of your CV to courses, student societies or committees, and academic achievements (e.g., honours certificate, exchange program, field research abroad). For more details on the education part, see the section above. Layout-wise, placing education above work experience on your graduate CV would also be advantageous - this is only the case for those graduates who barely have any working experience. 

Do I need to write a cover letter for a graduate application?

We recommend attaching the cover letter alongside the CV to your application. Recruiters may not always read it; they usually still expect you to submit one. A well-written cover letter can boost your chances of landing a job and automatically set you apart from other candidates who didn't attach one. Overall, a cover letter is a great way to include or expand on relevant information that doesn't fit your CV.

Is it hard to get your first job after graduation?

That depends on your experience and the specific skill set you possess. The more relevant knowledge and professional skills you have, the higher your chances of getting a job. However, it doesn't mean you have no options if you don't have industry knowledge. Creating a vacancy-specific CV will undoubtedly set you apart from many other candidates who make a general CV without targeting the vacancy and the job's culture. For more advice, we discuss how to enter the workforce after graduation on our blog.

How long will it take to get employed after graduation?

For most undergraduate or postgraduate students, it takes 3 to 6 months to secure employment after graduation in the UK. 

Can I get a job as a graduate if I have bad grades?

The best strategy to overcome this problem is to exclude grades from the CV. For most employers, experience outweighs grades in importance. Having related work experience or completing an internship aside from your studies will contribute much more than your GPA. Don't worry if you don't have high grades. Employers usually don't even check if you graduated from school, so they will be less likely to check your grades. 

What are the chances of getting a high-paying job as a recent graduate?

The chances of landing a sustainable and highly paid job are significantly lower if you are a university student or a recent graduate. However, that doesn't mean you would necessarily be a worthless candidate without any chances of getting one. It is crucial to know from the beginning that you won't be able to quickly get a position that does not match your experience and required professional expertise.

What is the difference between a cover letter and a personal statement?

A one-page cover letter provides additional information about your relevant skills and experience. Cover letters must be tailored to the position you're applying for. On the other hand, a personal statement focuses more on your interests and intentions for joining a company or institution. Graduate CV personal statements are mainly used for university applications, whereas the cover letter is used more for job applications.

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