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Graduate Resume Template

If you are an upcoming or recent graduate, the challenge of writing a graduate resume lies ahead. It is vital to create a top-notch resume because long gone are the days when a degree alone would secure you a job. Competing against other graduates and possibly experienced professionals, we show you how to write a graduate’s resume that will compel employers and hiring managers to call you in for an interview.

We also provide a free graduate’s resume template to simplify the task and help you apply for jobs, internships, or graduate apprenticeships sooner.


Contact details and personal introduction

The first two sections on a graduate resume should include your contact details and relay a personal introduction. Contact details must consist of a professional-looking email address and telephone number. If you do not have an appropriate email, create one in the format of

You no longer need to include a mailing address, although you can state your location, ability to work remotely, or willingness to relocate. A link to an online portfolio, career-focused website, or LinkedIn profile are excellent inclusions if you have them.

Your introduction is a paragraph where you can relay your field of study and GPA. You can include work experience details or evidence of putting relevant skills into use through degree modules, projects, or volunteer work. We also recommend mentioning your career objectives and goals.

Graduate education

Start the education section off with your more recent (highest) degree and work backward from there. It helps to include the university’s name, graduation date or dates of study, your fields, and your GPA if it is above 3.5. Include awards, achievements, honors, dean’s list inclusions, and relevant modules. Providing skills-use evidence within modules and projects is vital if you have no work experience, appropriate extracurricular activities, or volunteer work.

Your education section should be limited to your degrees and does not need to include your high school academic achievements.

Work experience

If you have part-time, full-time, temporary, volunteer, or freelance work experience, now is the time to include it. Include the employer’s name, your job title, and the dates of employment. A bullet point list of responsibilities needs careful consideration and personalization. Before you begin, read the job description to learn the skills the recruiter is seeking. Now consider how you used those skills in your work experience and the evidence that can support your claims.

Quantifying evidence might be a sales figure, employer recognition, saving the company money, a promotion, or training newcomers.

Interests and skills

Hobbies, interests, and extracurricular activities can become a resume section, but only if they add value and demonstrate the relevant skills or personal traits to help you get an interview. If you find yourself still lacking in resume content, you could start a career-focused blog or podcast as a way to show off your transferable skills and commercial awareness.


Resume templates

If you are a graduate preparing to apply for a job in a particular industry, check out our resume templates by profession: