Just finished University and looking for a job within thefinancial services sector?

We’ve compiled some points on what employers are lookingfor, how to structure your CV and what information to use to, to help you getthat all important ‘foot in the door’ within the industry.

This guide is split into two parts, firstly what informationto include and secondly the structure and body of the CV.

What information do I include in my CV?

It’s useful to create a list of bullet points to identifyrelevant information, specific to the position you’re applying for.

1) In your profile state what sector, you are looking tomove into

I.E, Mortgages, Pensions, Financial Advice

2) Detail your degree, grades, University attended and datesof study

3) Note down and list modules and projects relevant to therole and include any coursework or reports that relate specifically to theposition

4) Describe your dissertation, the topic, the grade and theword count

4) Include any clubs, societies, awards, sports, hobbies andachievements that you have

5) Listing any skills and systems you can use competently, such as Adobe or Microsoft Office.  Include, if relative, systems used during work experience, internship or placement

6) Describe any relevant work experience, internships orwork undertaken related to your degree, field of study or the sector yourapplying for

7) It can also be useful to briefly mention any part-time work/jobs you had whilst at University

How do I structure my CV?

It’s important to structure your CV, so that in the initialglance, your employer or recruiter can see all the key relevant points that willprompt them to read further.

  1. Begin with your profile, writing a short summaryof your current situation and what sector it is your looking to work in and anyskills /experience relevant to the field and the position you’ve applied for.Use this section to promote yourself and raise interesting points!
  2. Secondly, within the format, detail your degreewith the information listed above as this is the first aspect of relevance tograduate positions – including understanding and use of Excel, PowerPoint, Adobeetc
  3. The third section of your CV should then be anyrelevant work experience, internships, jobs etc. Include the position, dates,relevant tasks and responsibilities.
  4. Finally, include a section on extra skills,hobbies, sports, clubs, societies

Following the guide above will help employers and recruitersquickly recognise your selling points to help propel your consideration for therole.