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.

Graduate CV templates for various roles

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Graduate structural engineer CV

Graduate test analyst CV

Graduate web developer CV

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Trainee accountant CV

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Trainee insurance broker CV

Trainee recruitment consultant CV

Trainee sales negotiator CV

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Junior Sales Manager CV templates
Junior Sales Manager CV template
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Graduate Sales Executive
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Below are 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.

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Student resume 1

Sales Assistant vacancy

Student resume 2

Administrative Assistant vacancy

Student resume 3
Hairdresser vacancy

Student resume 4
Call Center vacancy

Student resume 5

Student resume 6
Security Guard

Student resume 7
Catering Assistant

Student resume 8

Student resume 9

Student resume 10
Warehouse worker

Student resume 11
Executive assistant

Student resume 12
Dental assistant

Student resume 13
Office assistant

Student resume 14
Research assistant

Student resume 15
HR assistant

Student resume 16
Teaching assistant

Student resume 17
Production assistant

Student resume 18
Marketing assistant

Student resume 19

Student resume 20
Delivery driver

Student resume 21
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Student resume 22
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Accounting assistant

Account executive


Editorial assistant

Bar staff [has space for two references]

Data entry

Accounts clerk


Forklift driver

General laborer

Graduate [has space for two references]

Library assistant [has space for two references]

Helpdesk [has space for two references]

IT Support [has space for two references]

Media sales [has space for two references]

Medical sales

Medical receptionist [has space for two references]

Medical assistant


Retail assistant


Personal assistant

Sales representative


Truck driver [has space for two references]


Web developer

Welder [has space for two references]

How to write a Graduate 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 and not


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
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Student cover letter examples
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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
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More relevant links
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