How to tailor your graduate CV to Shell

The Shell application form consists largely of yes/no answers and options in dropdown menus, rather than opportunities to give detail about your skills and experience. For this reason, your CV must work extra hard to showcase your unique achievements.

Preparing your graduate CV for Shell

The company provides some general advice on CV preparation on its careers website, including tips on how to structure the document – so be sure to follow the guidance. Shell favours a traditional CV format with education and experience neatly listed in reverse chronological order.

Here are some things you should keep in mind:

  • Don’t try to include your life story – CVs should be clear and concise, with no waffle. Try to highlight the most relevant experiences and provide details about your role and accomplishments. While it’s important to cover your full work history, you may want to pick out only a few key pieces of information about less relevant experience rather than giving an in-depth account of each role.
  • As well as giving information about your education and work history, it’s important to provide details of how you meet Shell’s 'C.A.R.' criteria (capacity, achievement, relationship – see Shell's own website for more details). This can be laid out as bullet points within the sections of your CV; for example, as skills you have used in a particular job or hobby. Be specific and use quantitative details such as sales figures to help illustrate your examples.
  • Highlight any leadership examples you may have in your CV. For example, if you held a supervisory role in a part-time job, be sure to make this clear and emphasise the leadership skills you used.
  • When describing your educational history, Shell suggests that you include information on any relevant modules or projects – this will help demonstrate your interest in and knowledge of your chosen subject. Try to give an overview of what you did and what you learned.

Next steps in the Shell application process

Shell's online application is followed by an online assessment, then an interview. The interview is the final step for internship applicants. Those applying directly for a graduate role will proceed to the recruitment day after the interview stage.

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