How to write your CV

  • No longer than two sides of A4.
  • Contact details at the top.
  • Reverse chronological order (most recent details first).
  • Full title of degree, significant exam results, relevant modules/projects/ dissertations, average grades to date/predicted results.
  • Subjects and grades of A Levels/AS Levels.
  • Number of GCSEs.
  • Work experience gained.
  • Hobbies and membership of teams/societies/associations - highlight any positions of responsibility held.
  • Additional information: driving licence held, courses attended, foreign languages skills.
  • Give two references - one academic and one work-related, or a character referee.
  • Tailor your CV to each position you apply for.
  • Make the font clear and easy to read.
  • Check carefully for spelling, grammatical or factual mistakes.
It is very important for students to keep their CVs up to date with their relevant skills and projects.
Nick Smith,
Graduate Programme Recruiter,
Imagination Technologies

Keep a record of any applications you have made.
You can use the Shortlist in My Gradcracker.
  • When you apply to an opportunity on you can 'Save to shortlist'. This records the employer, position applied for and the date in your My Gradcracker Dashboard - your personal area of the site.
  • You can also track and record the progress of your application and add notes about the company/position.
  • The Diary can also remind you about vacancies you like but you haven’t applied to yet. Save the vacancy and the Gradcracker Alert Service will let you know when the deadline for that vacancy becomes imminent.