How to write a graduate CV

Your CV is the one of the most important documents you will ever create, so it’s essential that your writing doesn’t let you down, writes Cathy Relf.

Our example CV below is pretty good, overall. But it contains:

1 spelling mistake
3 apostrophe catastrophes
3 capital crimes
1 sentence chock full of clichés
1 clear sign that the writer ran out of space
1 link to potentially unprofessional material.

Not the best recipe for success, and yet these mistakes make it into countless CVs.

Don’t despair, though. Delve into our infographic below, take note of the ten pointers and your CV will soon take a turn for the better. We’ve included a lot of information, so we recommend clicking on the ‘Toggle full page’ icon in the bottom right corner. (If you’re on a tablet or mobile device, we recommend clicking here to view the infographic directly in your browser.)

For more graduate writing tips, read this guide on how to shake off the academic style: How to graduate to business.

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