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. (Head to our job hunting resources page if you are looking for example graduate CVs.)
Your first communication with a graduate recruiter will most likely be in writing through an email, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Employer research is central to graduate job hunting success. Don't even think about starting on an application form or CV without doing it.
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.
Find out about the phrases you should avoid including in your covering letter for an internship, work experience placement or graduate job, and why.
Find out what employers regard as mitigating or extenuating circumstances, and find out how to disclose them in your applications for graduate jobs.
Check out our infographic with a selection of top tips to help you perfect your CV and avoid the pitfalls that put employers off.
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.
More help from TARGETjobs
- For profession-specific application tips: graduate career sectors