Top 5 CV tips for Graduates

03/03/2021 | All

Whether you are a recent graduate or coming up to your final few months left in university, you will be thinking about how to make sure you stand out from the crowd.

Did you know it can take some employers just 7 seconds to judge a CV? Here are 5 top tips on how to make sure your CV grabs their attention.  

  1. Profile

Include a short profile at the top of your CV. Usually this will be no more than 100 words. Here is it key to tailor this to the job you are applying for. For example, ‘Recent Psychology graduate keen to secure a role working with children in a school-based setting’. This lets the recruiter know that you are serious about the role and are not just sending your CV anywhere.

To go one step further and really impress, personalise this every time with the name of the company you are applying to.

2. Contact information

Make it easy for the employer to find your contact information. Put your name, phone number, email address and home address at the top of your CV, in the middle. You can make this bold and a couple sizes bigger than the rest of the text. Adding a hyperlink to your Linkedin profile helps too!

3. Layout

The preferred layout of a CV is highly subjective, and one size will not fit all here. However, it is important to ensure the key information is easy to find and the CV flows well. For a graduate, I would recommend this order: Contact information, personal profile, education, work history, key skills/achievements, interests and hobbies, followed finally by references (or on references on request).

Your most recent education/work history should be first (reverse chronological order).

You may wish to keep your CV to two pages. Try to include any further information that may be relevant for that job role.

Pick a professional font, Calibri or Arial usually works well.

4. Dates and grades

When adding work history and education, remember to put dates of employment/study. This especially helps with roles in education as it helps us to identify any gaps that we may need clarification on due to safeguarding. Be proud of your grades and the subjects you study, include them in your CV.

5. Take your time

Finally, take your time to read the job description and tailor your CV to show how you meet the requirements. We know it can be tough applying for roles when the competition is high, and especially during a pandemic. This may mean you are applying for many jobs. However, if you take even 5 minutes to personalise your CV to the role you are applying for, it will make all the difference.   

We hope these tips help and if you require any futher information about the roles we have at i-teachers, please do not hesiate to get in contact!