Final year students: 4 top CV tips to secure your dream graduate position

Monday April 29th, 2019

Your university degree isn’t quite finished yet, but your peers are already interviewing to secure top graduate positions.

We’ve come up with our 4 top tips to help you sculpt your CV and hit the job boards.


1. Highlight relevant skills and experience

This is most important to stand out straight away.

CVs that obviously match the skills and experience of the job description will stand out above the rest. Give yourself an advantage by tailoring your CV to the job you’re applying to.

Now, you may feel like your experience is limited, but, there are many skills that you have that will be transferable to the job you’re applying to.

For example, this graduate developer position asks for you to “collaborate with colleagues to design systems to satisfy agreed user requirements.” Even if you’ve never had a job before, in your CV you could talk about a group assignment at uni that went particularly well.

Customising your CV for each role might feel like a lot of work, but it’s worth it.

By consciously applying for each position, you give yourself a chance to really consider whether the role is the right one for you.


2. Keep the format simple

Most recruitment CRM and application systems will be able to process Word documents better than PDF’s. So, it is recommended that you send your CV in a simple Word format which is limited to one or two clear fonts.

Colours, text boxes and funky layouts can get jumbled up when uploaded to job application systems so the simpler the better.

And please don’t feel the need to add a picture of yourself, it’s not necessary!


3. Show your personality

Uninteresting hobbies really don’t add any value to your CV.

Most humans will enjoy reading, cycling and socialising with friends and family, so if you’re going to talk about your personal life, at least tell us something different.

List your key personal achievements, or let us know what kind of things you’re working on in your free time and don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun with it.

We take pride in understanding our clients’ personality and culture, so if your individuality shines through your CV then you’re more likely to stand out.


4. Be contactable

You would not believe the number of CVs we get through that are missing contact details. You could be the perfect fit, a no-brainer, but how will we ever progress?

Triple-check that your contact details are up-to-date and are clear on the page. Name, phone number and email address are a must.


Graduate developer opportunities

Want to secure a graduate position at a TOP organisation in the West Midlands?

If you’re in your final year of studying and want a fully-trained, well-paid, graduate developer position lined up, this one is for you.

Got a CV? You can read more and apply to the job here.

Don’t have a CV yet? That’s cool. You can register your interest in the position below and we’ll help you with your CV.

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