Education and qualifications
The next section of your CV is your education and qualifications. You need to list your history in reverse chronological order – that means you start with your degree.
When listing your degree, include the university name, the dates you attended, the degree subject and classification. Then add some bullet points detailing modules, specialisms, projects, papers etc. making sure you tailor the details to the role.
You might want to lay it out like so:
University name – Dates attended (from – to)
Degree subject – Classification
After your degree, continue to list the rest of your education and any additional qualifications. If you are particularly tight on space, you can summarise your college and secondary school qualifications in one line, rather than list every single one.
School name – Dates attended (from – to)
- X GCSEs grades X-X
Placements, projects and employment
After your education, it’s time to introduce your employment history section. This can be tweaked and tailored depending on how much work experience you have as a graduate.
If you have no work experience at all, or very little, you may like to retitle this section “Placements and projects” or “Placements, projects and employment”.
Fill this section with notable projects or work placements, explaining your key responsibilities and any achievements. Also remember to detail placements in reverse chronological order.
You could lay out each placement like so:
mm yyyy – mm yyyy Project/placement
If you’ve had a number of jobs or voluntary/work placements, you can keep this section titled “Work experience” or “Employment history”. If you feel your work history is more relevant to the job you’re applying for, you could also list this section ahead of your education.
When listing jobs, expand on the positions that showcase your suitability for the new role, detailing the company name, location and role title, an outline, and key responsibilities and achievements, like so:
mm yyyy – Present Company name, Location
For roles unrelated to the vacancy you’re applying for, reduce the detail of the key responsibilities and achievements.
As a graduate, you are only just starting out in your career. This means your CV might not be as full as you like. If you are falling short of the two-page quota, you may like to add a “Hobbies and interests” or “Awards and recognition” section.
Just remember to keep it tailored to the job you’re applying for as much as possible, to show the recruiter why you’re a great fit for the role.