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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 and cover letters.)

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 for tips on how to use speculative job applications to uncover the hidden jobs market.

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Dealing with gaps in graduate CVs and applications

If there are gaps in your education or working life, here's how to present them in your CVs, cover letters and applications for graduate jobs.

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The 6-step guide to perfecting your graduate CV

A good CV is essential to get the graduate job you want. Find out how to structure your CV so you highlight your most relevant skills and work experience.

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What to put in the further interests section of a graduate CV

A well-crafted 'further interests' section on your graduate CV can help you stand out from other applicants with similar qualifications, but beware of potential pitfalls.

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Writing last-minute graduate job applications

You've seen a graduate job you want to apply for but the closing date is tomorrow. Never fear: we have some time-saving strategies to help your most rushed applications impress graduate employers.

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Application planner: quick tips for graduate job-hunters

Our overview of how to apply for graduate jobs gives a checklist of tips for the three key stages: preparation, applications, and interviews and assessment centres.

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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.

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A graduate job hunter’s guide to the HEAR

The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is a verified record of a student’s academic and extracurricular achievements, designed to provide employers and postgraduate tutors with a full and fair account.

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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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The worried student's guide to creating a great graduate CV

Check out our infographic with a selection of top tips to help you perfect your CV and avoid the pitfalls that put employers off.

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Four covering letter blunders (and how to avoid them)

Find out about the phrases you should avoid including in your covering letter for an internship, work experience placement or graduate job, and why.

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What are mitigating circumstances for graduate job applications?

Find out what employers regard as mitigating or extenuating circumstances, and find out how to disclose them in your applications for graduate jobs.

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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.

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The graduate's guide to job application forms

Our step-by-step guide explains how to fill in online application forms for graduate jobs and training schemes, and gives tips for electronically scanned applications.

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Covering letter essentials for graduate vacancies

When do you write a covering letter to go with your CV and what should you say? Use our tips to structure this part of your job application.

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Writing tips for graduates: how to communicate with recruiters

Your first communication with a graduate recruiter is likely to be an email, application form or CV and covering letter. Use our professional writing tips to make the best first impression.

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