CV Tips for graduates

So you’ve just graduated or are getting ready to finish your course, and are ready to put together a strong CV. You may think that the fact you’ve only worked a part time job and studied means you have little to put on it, but we’re here to tell you that you’re wrong. 

We’ve put together some key tips to help you create a strong graduate CV including details you don’t need to include, and how to make it search word friendly. 


First and foremost; Edit your CV for each role you are applying for, or at least have a few variations of CV’s for varying jobs. This way you can tailor it more to appeal to various positions. 

Career Objective

It shows strength to list your career objectives within the small blurb about yourself at the beginning of the document. Don’t be vague. You know which role you are applying for so make it known e.g. ‘Highly organised graduate with strong communication skills looking to gain experience working within event management’.

Unnecessary details

You are not legally obliged to include either your birth date or your marital status on your CV. Many recruiters advise against both due to prejudices, although if you think displaying your birth date would be an advantage to you for a particular role, then go ahead.

Key strengths

Listing key strengths with dot points is a popular way to give the person reading your resume a quick snapshot of what you have to offer. Make sure these correlate accordingly to the job advertisement. Four or five are a good number of bullet points, and make sure you are specific e.g. instead of ‘Excellent communication skills’ develop that into ‘Excellent communication skills developed through customer service work.’

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Work Experience

Make any relevant work experience you have very clear. It is VITAL during your degree you make time to gain some experience to make you stand out from the crowd. Even if you’re just shadowing someone in the industry, it shows dedication and a willingness to learn and develop. Read our article; 'Is Work Experience worth it?'

Scrutinise all extra curricular activities 

Students often don’t realise that extra curricular activities can be a positive addition to CV’s. Not only does it portray some personality in your CV, but involvement in activities, like clubs, social groups and sports, can demonstrate that you have valuable expertise. For instance, if you create commentary game review videos, this could impress hiring managers if applying for a Game Development role to demonstrate your interest in the field and analysis of the current available games. 

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Making it Search Word Friendly

It can be a great idea to put your CV on job websites such as Seek and Indeed. However, with the growing popularity of searchable job board CV databases like these that enable employers to run multiple keyword searches to find the perfect matching CV, it's really important for job seekers to create search-friendly CVs. Think about the key words and phrases that recruiters will be looking for and make sure these fit into your CV, preferably somewhere at the top in the ‘Key Strengths section’. 

If you would like help with your CV, go along to the Student Support on campus for friendly advice and to have a second pair of eyes on your resume. 

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