24 November 2014
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Graduate CV template

For obvious reasons graduates tend not to have a lot of work experience. That's the bad news, the good news is that employers know and understand this. What employers want to see in a graduate is future potential, ambition, a fresh mind and performance. Employers are often more interested in a graduates potential rather than their limited work experience. Successful candidates tend to be those who show motivation, enthusiasm, have transferable skills and are able to communicate effectively.

Key points to remember when writing your CV are:

  • Do not underestimate how important a good CV can be towards getting you a job.
  • Hiring managers will decide within a minute of picking up your CV whether to reject it. Its vital you grab their attention immediately.
  • As a recent graduate it's best to start your CV with your education, unless you have an impressive work experience record.

Compensate for your lack of work experience by showing a detailed understanding of your target industry and of a prospective employers products or services.

Graduates submitting a CV to a potential recruiter should see it as an opportunity to show off their communication and writing skills. Write a attention grabbing resume that not only lists your academic qualifications but also demonstrates your enthusiasm, understanding of the industry and motivation.

PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED GRADUATE CV EXAMPLES

Click on the images below to see the full PDF version. If you would like the fully editable MS Word versions of the CV templates below then you can purchase all of them for ONLY £5. Click here Graduate CV template purchase for more details.

     
       
Graduate architect CV     Graduate business development executive CV

  

     
       
Graduate buyer CV     Graduate electronics design engineer CV

  

     
       
Graduate financial advisor CV     Graduate management consultant CV

  

     
       
Graduate manager CV     Graduate media sales executive CV

  

     
       
Graduate secretary CV     Graduate software engineer CV

 

     
       
Graduate stockbroker CV     Graduate structural engineer CV

  

     
       
Graduate test analyst CV     Graduate web developer CV

 

     
       
Junior Software Developer CV     Trainee accountant CV

   

     
       
Trainee administrator CV      Trainee insurance broker CV

  

     
       
Trainee recruitment consultant CV     Trainee sales negotiator CV

  

       
       
                           Trainee Solicitor CV      



 

More Graduate CV template examples:

Sales Executive


STUDENT CV EXAMPLES (for applicants who have no work experience)
In this section you will find 50 professionally written CV examples that have been put together from the perspective of a student who has no work experience. They are targeted at various roles, and will give you a good idea of how to design and focus your CV at a specific job. Click on the templates to see the full PDF version.

Below are professionally written entry level resumes for the following job roles;

Administrative assistant Hairdresser Security guard
Accounting assistant Helpdesk Sales assistant
Account executive HR assistant Teaching assistant
Accounts clerk Intern Telesales
Bartender IT support Truck driver
Bar staff Library assistant Volunteer
Call centre Marketing assistant Waitress
Cashier Media sales Welder
Cleaner Medical sales Web developer
Catering assistant Medical receptionist Warehouse
Clerk Medical assistant  
Courier Mechanic  
Dental assistant MBA  
Delivery driver Office assistant  
Data entry Production assistant  
Executive assistant Personal assistant  
Editorial assistant Receptionist  
Forklift driver Research assistant  
General laborer Retail assistant  
Graduate Sales representative  

 

A resume written from the perspective of a student who has little or no work experience and who is applying for a Sales Assistant vacancy.       Targeted at a Administrative assistant job
       

Student resume 1
Sales Assistant vacancy

    Student resume 2
Administrative Assistant vacancy

 

Student resume targeted at a hairdresser vacancy.       Student resume written for a call center vacancy.
       
Student resume 3
Hairdresser vacancy
    Student resume 4
Call Center vacancy

 

 receptionist resume       security guard resume
       
Student resume 5
Receptionist
    Student resume 6
Security Guard

 

no experience catering assistant resume       no experience waitress resume
       
Student resume 7
Catering Assistant
    Student resume 8
Waitress

 

no work experience intern resume       no work experience warehouse worker resume
       
Student resume 9
Intern
    Student resume 10
Warehouse worker

 

no work experience executive assistant resume       no work experience dental assistant resume
       
Student resume 11
Executive assistant
    Student resume 12
Dental assistant

 

no work experience office assistant resume       no work experience research assistant resume
       
Student resume 13
Office assistant
    Student resume 14
Research assistant

 

no work experience HR assistant resume       no work experience teaching assistant resume
       
Student resume 15
HR assistant
    Student resume 16
Teaching assistant

 

no work experience production assistant resume       no work experience marketing assistant resume
       
Student resume 17
Production assistant
    Student resume 18
Marketing assistant

  

no work experience clerk resume       entry level delivery driver resume
       
Student resume 19
Clerk
    Student resume 20
Delivery driver

 

Entry level courier resume template       Entry level cashier resume template
       

Student resume 21
Courier
(Includes space for two references)

    Student resume 22
Cashier
(Includes space for two references)

 

MORE ENTRY LEVEL RESUME TEMPLATES
 

Entry level accounting assistant resume       Entry level account executive resume
       
Accounting assistant     Account executive

 

Entry level accounts clerk resume      
       
Accounts clerk     Bartender

 

Entry level bar staff resume template       Entry level data entry resume template
       
Bar staff
(Includes space for two references)
    Data entry

  

Entry level cleaner resume       Entry level editorial assistant resume
       
Cleaner     Editorial assistant

 

Entry level forklift driver resume template       Entry level general labourer resume template
       
Forklift driver     General laborer

  

      Entry level library assistant resume
       
Graduate
(Includes space for two references)
    Library assistant
(Includes space for two references)

 

Entry level helpdesk resume template       Entry level IT support resume template
       
Helpdesk
(Includes space for two references)
    IT Support
(Includes space for two references)

   

Entry level media sales resume      
       
Media sales
(Includes space for two references)
    Medical sales

 

     
       
Medical receptionist
(Includes space for two references)
    Medical assistant

 

     
       
MBA     Retail assistant

 

Entry level Mechanic resume template       Entry level personal assistant resume template
       
Mechanic     Personal assistant

  

       
       
                      Sales representative      

 

Entry level telesales resume template       Entry level truck driver resume template
       
Telesales     Truck driver
(Includes space for two references)

 

Entry level truck volunteer resume template       Entry level web developer resume template
       
Volunteer     Web developer

 

Entry level welder resume template        
       
                                      Welder
                 (Includes space for two references)
     



Writing your CV
Remember a CV is there to get you a interview not a job. Write it with this in mind, if your qualifications are excellent then put these at the beginning of your resume rather than any limited work experience.

Write it using powerful, active and positive language, and ensure that it meets the recruiters criteria. To add a sense of vibrancy use industry keywords and verbs.

Look at the employers, are they a traditional company who value academic and intellectual achievements or are they in a new high tech industry that favors presentation and communication skills.

  • In your CV always include your mobile number, its easier for employers to contact you directly.
  • Also give your email address and make sure it is a professional sounding one, like david.b@dayjob.com and not davetheman@dayjob.com.

Your academic achievements
There can be a temptation to list in detail every grade for every course you have taken. Do not do this instead give a very brief summary of your education and focus only on relevant courses and grades.

Read the job description
Analyse the job advert and find out what skills and abilities is the employer looking for. If required go as far as researching similar jobs online to find out the duties and responsibilities required. This will give you a lot of key data that you can use as a guide when writing your CV.

Write a new CV for each vacancy you apply to
Target and tailor the CV at the vacancy, company and industry that you are applying to.

Your strengths and achievements
At the beginning of your CV list those abilities and competencies that are most relevant to the job you are applying to. These could be academic achievements or career skills.

Work experience
Present these in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent and then working backwards.

Other information
Mention if you have a driving license, a interesting hobby or can speak a foreign language etc.

Show you knowledge of the industry
Stand out from other applicants by going that extra mile and doing some research into the employers and also industry you are applying for. Research the company, has it been in the news recently for instance are they opening a new store or launching a new product. If so mention this in your covering letter or career statement. Mention the products of competitors, highlight any weaknesses or strengths that you can see in them.

Graduate CV layout
See our professionally design graduate CV templates above to get a good idea of how to lay out your resume.

Keep your CV simple, concise and to the point. Think carefully about what headings and sub headings to use. To keep the recruiter reading sprinkle your CV with industry keywords and highlight them. Here are some more tips:

  • Keep your CV to a maximum of two pages.
  • If you are sending a hard copy then use good quality paper and a laser printer.
  • Use a font size of between 10 to 12 points.
  • Do not write long sentences instead use bullet points and short phrases.
  • Organisational abilities.
  • Academic achievements.
  • Any related voluntary work you have done.
  • Training courses completed.
  • Any awards for achievements.
  • Your ability to prioritise.


Links to other relevant graduate resources
Graduate cover letter example
Graduate internships


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Student cover letter 2
Student cover letter 3


Student resource links
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Student accounts
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Student discount cards
Student loan company
Student loans
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Student travel
Student travel insurance

More relevant links
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Copyright information - Please read
© These graduate CV template examples are the copyright of Dayjob Ltd 2010. Job seekers may download and use these resumes for their own personal use to help them create their own CVs. You are most welcome to link to this page or any other page on our website. However these curriculum vitae samples must not be distributed or made available on other websites without our prior permission. For any questions relating to the use of these CV templates please email: info@dayjob.com.


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