What is a Student or Graduate CV format?
You might consider using a student or graduate CV if:
With a student or graduate CV you highlight your qualifications first. If you’ve been in full-time education most of your life your qualifications will probably be your main achievement. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, try to make your course work relevant to the skills you’d use in job. For example, you probably use time management, research and IT skills every day. You may also be able to say you’re a fast learner, and are up to date with the latest equipment and techniques in your field.
Example Student / Graduate CV
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A versatile and professional law graduate with wide ranging experience in a variety of law-related areas including youth offending, debt and benefits advice, employment law, and housing. Seeking to combine academic achievements and work experience in a challenging role within the voluntary sector.
(Your profile should summarise the skills you’ve gained from both academic and work experience. )
Education and Qualifications
2009 – 2011 LLB (Hons) in Law 2:1
Nottingham Trent University
Optional course modules: Employment Law, Contract Law,
Consumer Law, Law and Medical Ethics, European Law.
2014 – 2016 Nottingham Sixth Form College
3 A-Levels English Language (A)
Business Studies (B)
2011 – 2013 Ashburton Secondary School
9 GCSEs Grades A – C
(You can include details of any modules, projects or placements covered in your degree that are relevant to the
job you’re applying for.)
2015 – 2017 TGH Advice Centre Volunteer Advisor
- Providing independent, confidential and impartial advice to clients on debt, benefits, employment, housing, relationship and family issues for local voluntary organisation
- Interviewing clients face-to-face and over the phone to establish their needs Drafting letters and making calls on behalf of clients
- Referring clients to specialist caseworkers for complex problems or signposting to other agencies when appropriate
- Assisting clients to negotiate with companies and service providers to resolve any difficulties.
2015 – 2017 Volunteer Mentor Youth Offending Team
- Providing one-to-one support, guidance and encouragement to young people who are at significant risk of offending or re-offending
- Maintaining confidentiality, whilst ensuring child protection procedures and issues of disclosure are followed
- Supporting mentees to set positive goals and work towards achieving these
- Establishing and maintaining regular and timely contact with mentees.
(Separating the voluntary work from the paid work can help to make the voluntary work more prominent. In this
instance the voluntary work is the most relevant.)
2017 – 2019 Bar Supervisor Student Union Bar
- Served customers, maintained excellent levels of customer service during busy periods
- Managed the bar in line with health and safety regulations
- Trained and supervised new bar staff
- Key-holder and responsible for opening and closing the bar within licensing hours
- Planned and organised staff rotas
- Ensured the bar area was stocked and well maintained.
(Although this role may not be relevant to the new area of work, it highlights transferable skills and experience such as supervisory and management skills.)
- Confident with a range of IT packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet and e-mail.
- Fluent in Spanish and French
- Full, clean driving licence.
- Team captain of the University Hockey Team
- Active member of the University Student Union.
(Positions of responsibility related to sport such as team captain may not be related to the job but highlight leadership qualities.)
- Available on request.
Are you an older learner?
If you’ve been back to college or university as an older learner and have relevant work experience or skills from past jobs, you might want to highlight these ahead of your recent qualifications.
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