How to write a CV if you're a new graduate

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Congratulations, you’re now a graduate! All the years of late-night studying and hard work have finally paid off. Next stop, the adult world – gulp.

Now that you have your shiny new degree, you’ll want to put it to good use and get the job of your dreams. To do this you’ll need a tip-top CV that shows potential employers that you’re ready and raring to go!


If you have little to no experience in your preferred job industry, don’t fret. There are plenty of other things you can include that will impress future employers. Here’s our top tips on how to dress up your CV to impress.

Short and snappy

Employers read a large number of CVs for every role, so it’s your job to ensure yours stands out. It’s vital that your CV is concise, to the point and is tailored specifically to the role in question. It should be no longer than two pages and shouldn’t have too much text – a text-heavy CV can put employers off reading it and may cause them to skim.


They want it all

Don’t remove a previous job or work experience from your CV just because it’s in a different industry from the one you’re applying for. Use these experiences to highlight to the employer the transferable skills you gained and how they relate to the role in question. Whether it is work experience, summer jobs or just a part-time role, use them to show employers that you’ve got the skills to pay the bills.

Prove yourself

Don’t just make empty promises on your CV like, ‘I’m a good leader and have great interpersonal skills,’ but instead show the employer why this is case. Use examples from your education and previous employment to highlight to the employer how you possess the attributes they’re looking for, Sell yourself and let them realise that you’re the person they want.

Deg-reeally useful

Given that you’ll have been in education most of your life, your qualifications will be your greatest achievement – so use them. Pick the skills you used during your degree that you think will be useful in the role you’re applying for. Just like any kind of work experience, the skills you’ve gained and developed from studying are transferable and can be exactly what a potential employer is looking for.

Give them extra

Extra-curricular interests and hobbies are also beneficial to your CV. They not only show that you’re a well-rounded person, but they can also act as a showcase for more of your skills. Taking on extra responsibilities can demonstrate time management, dedication and organisational skills (depending on the activity in question). Show off and don’t hide any of your talents.

Once you've written your perfect CV upload it here to our database. Recruiters regularly check our database for suitable candidates so you can end up being the one head hunted rather than the one hunting.

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