As a graduate it is highly likely that you are selling your intelligence, education and potential to a prospective employer.  Make sure your graduate business CV addresses all these topics, that you highlight awards, achievements, clubs you were a member of and any work experience you have gained.

What should you include on a Business CV / resume for a Graduate

The first thing that someone usually looks at on a CV or resume is the personal profile, so it is vital that your graduate business CV / resume should have a personal profile that sells you and makes the reader continue reading.

a great graduate business cv can get you ahead in the job market

If you have excellent qualifications, attended a prestigious college or university, make sure that the reader can clearly see that.  In fact highlight it to ensure they do not overlook the fact.  Mention any clubs you belonged to, teams you represented and positions you held (e.g member of the rowing squad).

Your employment history may not be as crucial on a graduate business CV or resume.  As stated earlier an employer is looking for potential; however if you can demonstrate that you have used your initiative by holding down a job or starting a business,  that can only stand you in a good light.

It cannot be stressed how important any voluntary work or charitable events can have on some employers.  Similarly your hobbies and interests may be the difference between you and another candidate, so make sure you read our what hobbies and interests say about you page.


Sample Graduate Business CV / Resume

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Anna Bodi

A well-organized, confident and outgoing Business Economics student who graduated from Cambridge University with an Honours degree.  Fluent Italian speaker with excellent communication and analytical skills. Experienced in the use of spreadsheets, databases, and similar business software. Now seeking to develop a career as an economist within an international business environment.
Key Skills:
  • Highly numerate and accurate
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Proven experience in event organisation
  • Excellent IT skills and knowledge of spreadsheets and databases.
  • Multilingual – Fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and also able to speak German and Portuguese.
  • Able to get along with people at all levels.
Employment Summary:
Administrative Assistant
July-Sept 2008
Rich, Richer & Co (Accountants)
Duties:  Seasonal work between terms in a small family firm my duties included:
  • Using spreadsheets to sort and chart financial information
  • Administering client database
  • Assisting PA with admin tasks such as answering the telephone and filing

Holiday Representative
July-Sept 2007
Alternative Holidays Ltd, Sardinia
  • Ensuring clients were met on arrival
  • Resolving any accommodation and legal issues that arose
  • Escorting clients on guided tours and events
  • Liaising with local companies to organize activities and events

 Other employment   2005 – 2007
Whilst studying for my degree, I have undertaken various jobs such as TEFL (teaching English as a Foreign Language), hotel and bar work as I travelled in Latin America, China, India and Thailand where I gained a valuable insight into the culture and spoken language of those countries.
Relevant Qualifications:
St John’s College Cambridge BA (Hons) in Business Economics 2006 – 2009
Anytown Grammar School 4 A Levels: Economics (A), English (A), Italian (A) and Information Communication Technology (A)
9 GCSEs (including A* grades in Economics, Mathematics, English, ICT, Italian and German)
1998 – 2005
In my leisure time I enjoy playing hockey, netball and swimming. I also have a passion for travel and have combined this with my love of nature to recruit and organise voluntary workers for Neotropical Primate Conservation a charity that protects yellow-tailed woolly monkeys in Peru.

References are available on request


Before you send out your CV/resume, you should make sure you have an effective cover letter.

Go to our sample CV cover letters section if you are looking for great example cover letters in your field to introduce your CV/resume to a prospective employer.

Alternatively you can download a software program that enables you to produce powerful letters by following their process.

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