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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out our infographic with a selection of top tips to help you perfect your CV and avoid the pitfalls that put employers off.
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.
More help from TARGETjobs
- For profession-specific application tips: graduate career sectors