Applications and CVs for graduate jobs
Graduate CVs and job applications: they can take as much planning and preparation as an essay or project write up. Here we cover the basics of how to tackle online applications, structure a graduate CV and put together a covering letter. Maybe you’ve got some gaps in your background, don’t know how to deal with your extracurricular activities, or you’re stuck in dissertation writing mode and can’t fit everything on two sides of A4? Find tips to highlight your best self and writing advice to showcase your skills without wasting space.
Writing tips for graduates: how to communicate with recruiters
Your first communication with a graduate recruiter will most likely be in writing through an e-mail, application, or CV and covering letter. How you present yourself in words and getting the style right is vitally important. We've put together some basic writing tips to help you make the best first impression.
Application planner: quick tips for graduate job-hunters
Quick tips to help you prepare for graduate applications, interviews and assessments. Use them as a handy check list to make sure you're on the right track to get a graduate job.
Writing last-minute graduate job applications
You've seen a graduate job you want to apply for but the closing date is tomorrow. You've got an assignment due, you haven't got time to plan a detailed application and you're worried your recruitment chances will suffer. Never fear: we have some time-saving strategies to help your most rushed applications impress graduate employers.
Making speculative applications for graduate jobs
Not all graduate vacancies are advertised, so sometimes the only way in is to apply 'on spec'. Read on to discover tips on how to get the best results from speculative job applications.
The graduate's guide to job application forms
Almost every graduate job-hunter encounters a job application form at some point, particularly if they are applying for graduate schemes and programmes. Take a look at our step-by-step guide.
What to put in the further interests section of a graduate CV
Graduate recruiters have so many applications to sift that choosing between them becomes incredibly difficult. Luckily, a well-crafted 'further interests' section on your graduate CV can make all the difference.
Covering letter essentials for graduate vacancies
If a graduate employer requests a CV they'll want a covering letter too. Don't miss out on this additional opportunity to showcase your skills and enthusiasm. It may be just one page of A4, but it can make a big difference to the success of your graduate application.
The 6-step guide to perfecting your graduate CV
A good CV is essential to get the graduate job you want so take the time to get it right. A well-crafted CV will show your career interests and highlight your most relevant skills and work experience in the way recruiters like.
A graduate job hunter’s guide to the HEAR
The HEAR is a warts-and-all record of a student’s academic and extracurricular achievements over the course of their degree, designed to provide employers with a full and fair account.
Writing CVs for different types of graduate job
Whether your target is a graduate scheme with an investment bank or a vacancy for a graduate managing a shop, write a CV that is right for the job.
Research employers: essential preparation for graduate applications
Employer research is central to graduate job hunting success. Don't even think about starting on an application form or CV without doing it.
Dealing with gaps in graduate CVs and applications
Your curriculum vitae or application form is the way graduate employers can find out what you've been doing with your life so far. If you've had gaps during your education or working life, here's how put a positive spin on them.
Are personal statements a waste of space on graduate CVs?
Find out why you should think carefully before including a personal statement on your CV, and if you still feel you need to, use our advice to make it worthwhile.
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