Five CV Tips for getting that Grad Job


5 CV Tips for getting that Grad Job

Whether you’re in your first or final year of university, having a good CV is essential to get an amazing graduate job. There are no strict rules when it comes to writing a really good CV, but there are certain things you can do for each job application to make sure you come across as the most employable by maximising your strengths. Here are some helpful tips to consider when writing yours:


Tailor your CV

For every role you apply for it’s really important that you tailor your whole CV and application to that specific job. Research the employer and position so that you can make your relevant experience stand out, and apply to the key skills the employer seeks. Include a relevant experience section on the first page of your CV, and emphasise any areas of your education or extra past employments that can relate to the job you’re applying for.


Use the Space Wisely

Considering most jobs are highly competitive and employers often will have a huge pile of job applications to look through, make sure you’re including only relevant information. While being Year 9 cross-country champion is definitely impressive, it’s crucial to give the most space to the information that is most relevant to the role. Aim for two pages of A4 max and don’t waffle.


Focus on the Value of your Experiences

Instead of just stating all of the amazing things you’ve done, try and focus on the value you delivered during your experiences. For example, you could state: ‘I was a peer mentor during university’, but to demonstrate that you had an impact on the role you could say: ‘I successfully organised a large group of first year students and facilitated their entry into university life as a peer mentor.’ Writing your experiences in this way shows employers that you can make a difference.


Be Consistent with Formatting

A job recruiter is likely to spend around 30 seconds to a minute or so reading a CV, so it should be clear, easy to read and broken down into clearly marked sections. You can either push your skills to the forefront, or follow a chronological order. It’s best to keep your CV style clear and simple and stick to short sentences rather than long paragraphs.


Double Check!

Check over your CV a few times after you’ve written it. You might have the most impressive resume ever but a few sloppy spelling mistakes will put potential employers off. Check your CV and application meets the specific requirements of the job you’re applying for and that it is targeted to the job. Finally, make sure there are no spelling mistakes. You can ask your university careers service to help check through it, or ask friends and family.