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There are different kinds of CV out there…

All CV’s essentially contain the same information, but how you present it is important. You should choose the correct style for the kind of jobs you are applying for, so as to make the right impression. CV’s are as diverse as the people, who write them, but graduate CV’s are likely to fall into one of three categories; general, technical and disaster.

Use these as a guide of what to do and not what to do.


It is likely that now you have graduated you want to create a general graduate CV. This will be the best template to follow for most graduates, as it can be adapted to almost all subjects and experience. It is clear, simple and professional, putting emphasis on current academic and work achievements.


This is a more technical CV, for graduates who have studied a subject which has given them certain technical skills they will want to boast about. Suitable subjects include engineering, IT and sciences, and will often utilise grids or charts to clearly show proficiency of certain skills.


This CV is a complete disaster; do not use any of the material on here. Stylistically the CV doesn’t work the font changes throughout and the size of the text is intermittent. The language used is not correct for a CV and the information doesn’t paint a good picture of him as an employee.

But... Not all CV’s need to conform. Have a look at this interesting example here.