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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.)

writing CVs for different types of graduate job

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

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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Graduate covering letter essentials

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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Fountain pen nib: write well for graduate applications

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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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.

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six-step guide to perfecting your CV

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.

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

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.

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Seconds hand on a clock: will you get your graduate application in?

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.

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Application planner: quick tips for graduate job-hunters

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.

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The HEAR will let you show off your experience

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.

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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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The missing jigsaw piece: handling gaps in your graduate CV

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.

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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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