Graduate CV

How to Write a Graduate CV

Correct Contact Details

You’d be amazed how many people put the wrong contact details onto their Graduate CV. Make sure that your address, email and phone number are all typed correctly before you even think about handing in your CV.

Incorrect contact details not only make it harder for employers to contact you, but they cast doubts on your ability as a graduate. After all, if you can’t get the basics of a CV right, how are you going to cope in the workplace?

Strong Personal Statement

A strong personal statement should be at the top of your CV. This part of your CV should be tailored to the job you are applying for, giving the employer a brief overview of who you are, what skills you possess, and why you are a good fit for the company. This is your opportunity to utilise your key writing skills that you learned from university.

The personal statement should be brief – no more than 200 words – and it would be a good idea to refer to the job description when writing it. This is also the part of your CV where you can discuss your university experiences and, more importantly, how you can transfer those skills to benefit the company you are applying for.

Career History

If you have worked during university, you need to include that experience on your CV. Start with your most recent job, include how long you worked there, and add a sentence or two summing up what you did. Try to adapt this each time to highlight skills or experiences that are relevant to the job you are applying for.

However, if you did not work during university, then you should instead include any societies or volunteering work you did. These extracurricular activities can show a surprising number of relevant skills such as event planning, team work and independent thinking. Although you were not paid for the experience, they can highlight an eagerness to work or relevant skills for the job.


Short and sweet, this is the easiest section of your CV and should be extremely brief. Starting with your most recent qualification, you should list the type of qualification – Degree, A-level, GCSE – as well as the subject, grade, and the school you earned it from. Do not lie about your qualifications: some employers may ask for copies of your certificates, and the last thing you want is to be caught out in a lie.

Double Check Everything!

This should be second nature to any graduate worth their salt. Double check everything on your CV – spelling, grammar, dates and so on – to make sure it is as compelling as it can be. You only get one chance to make a first impression!

Still not sure about your CV Writing Skills?

The team here at Merit Recruitment is happy to offer advice to anyone struggling to write their CV. If you would like to speak to a member of our team about our services, please call 01256 471 508 or email

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