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5 Things To Include On Your Graduate CV

By Amy @BubbleJobs

When it comes to putting together a graduate CV, it can be hard to know where to start. Unlike later in your career when you’ve got a professional job and experience under your belt, at this point you’re pretty much starting from scratch – and as such, some of the CV rules and advice you might get later down the line doesn’t really apply.

With that in mind; I’ve come up with five key things you should always include on your graduate CV (not including the obvious things like telephone number and email address), regardless of what type of role you’re applying for.

1. Address:

Don’t want to stick your address down because you think it might affect your chances of getting a job? Well, that might be true in some cases – but it’s worth remembering that things like CV databases place a lot of importance on the locations mentioned on a CV – so by not including any tangible address, you potentially run the risk of not being submitted to a site’s CV database where direct employers and hiring managers can actively search for candidates.

One option is to include your address – but then openly state on your CV that you’re actively looking to relocate to another location such as London. This gets around the ‘no address’ quandry – and also helps to give a hiring manager a bit more information about you as a candidate and why you’ve applied for that particular role.

2. Online Profile Links:

Even if you’re not applying for jobs in the digital sector, it’s still worth including links to your online profiles and any examples of work or projects you’ve worked on online. Why? Because an employer is probably going to end up searching for them anyway – so you might as well make their life easier. Similarly, if they’re not likely to look otherwise, by providing them with links, you might end up pointing them in the direction of something which might just convince them to give you an interview.

Don’t forget; if you are including links to your online profiles, be sure to give your digital footprint a quick clean to ensure a dodgy tweet doesn’t come back to bite you on the bum. Not sure where to start? You can check out our top tips here.

3. Relevant Experience:

Pretty sure you don’t have any relevant experience for the role you’re applying for? You might want to think again! You see, as Scarlett mentioned in another blog, if you’ve had a part-time job at uni, it’s highly likely that you’ll have picked up some key skills and experience that are relevant in some way to the role you’re applying for. For example, if you worked in a busy SU bar, you’ll have had to work as part of a team in a high pressure environment and at the end of the day, you’ll have had to complete a set number of tasks to a tight deadline – three elements any employer wants to see in a potential employee.

When you list your relevant experience, it’s important to include a few notes as to how this experience is relevant to the role – the clearer you can make it that you’re a good, relevant candidate, the more seriously your application will be taken.

Of course, if you’ve got super-relevant work experience eg. you’ve done a placement in a digital agency, it’s definitely worth including this on your CV – and explaining what kind of tasks you had to carry out during this time and what you learnt from the experience.

4. Degree – And Explain How It’s Relevant:

When it comes to your graduate CV, you only really have your degree and work experience to go off so you need to put a bit of work into explaining how these are relevant to the role you’re applying for. Again, just like your work experience, if it’s not immediately obvious how your degree is relevant, you need to think outside the box. For example, if you’re applying for an SEO Executive job and you’ve done a Science degree – you could mention that you’re used to looking at data and writing reports which outline your conclusions – two essential elements of any SEO role.

When you’re writing this section, think about the skills you’ve acquired as part of your degree eg. proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, and how these could be relevant to the role you’re applying for. Similarly, think about the experiences you’ve had on your course and how these might help you out in this role eg. dealing with conflict.

5. Achievements:

The last thing it’s worth including on your graduate CV is any achievements you’ve accomplished in your lifetime. Whether it’s just being made a Team Leader in your part-time job at uni or achieving your Duke of Edinburgh Award, achievements like this can help to demonstrate to an employer that you’re committed to reaching your goals and you’re rewarded for your hard work – again, these are traits any employer would want to see in a prospective candidate.

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