Graduate CV Tips and Advice

Graduate CV Tips & Advice

Graduate CV Tips and Advice

You’ve recently graduated. Congratulations! Years of hard work has paid off and now the job search begins.

Securing your first graduate role can be difficult. We are here to help and have compiled a list of handy graduate cv tips and advice, to help you get started:

Personal statement

This profile should feature at the top of your CV, just under your contact details. This is your chance to grab the attention of potential employers. Tailor it to each job you apply for. Keep it brief. Outline what you’re looking for in a role and what you think you can offer. Allow your personality to come across in this section.


List the most recent first. State the name of the institution, the course title and your results. Talk about particular modules you studied and the skills you gained during this time. Try and relate the skills to the job role that you’re applying for if possible.

Work experience/Employment

This can include anything, from having a part-time job whilst studying, to summer jobs and any placements you may have done as part of your modules and course. List any volunteering experience you have too. It all shows you are keen to gain experience and life skills. This is a great opportunity for you to highlight your transferable skills!


This is your chance to tell potential employers about any additional languages you might speak or if you have experience with certain computer programmes for example. Key skills are invaluable and can really help improve your chances of securing a job.

You will need to pick your strongest 5-8 skills, examples include: Communication, team work, organisation, confident using Word, Excel and Outlook, management, supervising, quick to learn, attention to detail.

Interests  & Achievements

Besides your hobbies, which help an employer learn more about your personality, use this section to list achievements that have helped develop your life skills. Were you a student rep at university or a school prefect? Were you captain of the hockey team? Listing these achievements can help demonstrate your leadership skills. Taking part in sport can also portray that you work well in a team.

Make sure you proof read your CV several times. Leave it to sit over night and go back to it again with fresh eyes. Get a friend or family member to look over it. Any mistakes will stand out. Attention to detail is key. Talk to the team at Neaves & Neat if you are unsure about what to include, or if you need any further advice and ideas. The team is always on hand to help, in every step of your job search, from CV to interview.


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