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Example CVs

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Different types of CVs

So, you’ve finished university and now you’re applying for jobs. Like most graduates you’re probably applying for everything and anything that interests you: you’re applying for junior roles in large firms, you’re uploading your CV to multiple recruitment websites and you have your eye on a few graduate schemes too. If this is the case, you should not hand out the same CV in application for all of these opportunities. Instead, you need to send individual CVs, all tailored specifically for each vacancy.

This handy guide will describe the two main types of CV you’ll need to use as a graduate and give you an idea of what to write. Additionally, we’ll show you two example CVs and tell you which is most effective in different situations.

Chronological CV

This is a basic type of CV that is used to highlight your academic achievements and employment history. Essentially, it enables you to show recruiters what you have done and where you have worked.

At the top of the page you should provide your contact details. Underneath, list your education and qualifications in reverse-chronological order.

Next, detail your work experience, highlighting roles that are applicable to the role you’re applying for. Finally, list any additional skills that are not mentioned elsewhere; make sure you only pick the skills that are relevant to the position you’re applying for.

Finally, include details of your referees at the bottom of the page.

Skills-based CV:

This type of CV is ideal if the past experiences you’ve had are not directly related to the new role you are applying for, or if there are large, inexplicable gaps between the years you’ve worked and/or studied.

You can use this type of CV to highlight all of your skills to show that you are a competent worker and an ideal candidate for the required role.

With a skills-based CV you should begin with your contact details and provide a summary of your experiences at the top. For example, if the role is a graduate role in finance that requires you to be bilingual, you could use this section to highlight the languages you speak, to communicate that you have a first class degree (even if it’s not related) and to show that you have transferable skills from an internship completed previously.

Give thorough detail about your skills and experiences and then list your education, qualifications and work history below.

Finally, remember to add the contact details of your referees.

Of course, it is up to you which CV you decide to use. You’ll probably need to use both types of CV at some point, depending on the job you’re applying for. Additionally, it is not unusual for graduates to create their very own hybrid out of both types of CV. Whatever you choose, make sure communicate your most pertinent and relevant characteristics for the role to the employer: whether this is your job history, the skills you’ve acquired or your educational achievements.

About the Author

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I am currently working as a marketing intern for Grads.co.uk and I have recently graduated from the University of York with a degree in English Language and Linguistics. However, my real passion at university was writing, and particularly writing for blogs. I began a blog myself over a year ago, switching between fashion and beauty, to my university experiences and I have been hooked ever since. Blog writing opened me up to the world of social media and blogging communities that I quickly became a part of, and since then I have been fascinated by the use of blogging and social media for marketing and PR. Working as a marketing intern at Grads.co.uk is giving me the opportunity to experience marketing and PR first-hand and I enjoy every opportunity I get. It’s really opening my eyes to the prospect of a career in marketing and PR and I hope to continue gaining valuable experience in this area and hopefully a future permanent post in the industry will follow!

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