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

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

This guide is split into two parts, firstly what information to 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 identify relevant information, specific to the position you’re applying for.

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

I.E, Mortgages, Pensions, Financial Advice

2) Detail your degree, grades, University attended and dates of study

3) Note down and list modules and projects relevant to the role and include any coursework or reports that relate specifically to the position

4) Mention any exemptions you have from industry specific exams

5) Describe your dissertation, the topic, the grade and the word count

6) Include any clubs, societies, awards, sports, hobbies and achievements that you have

7) 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

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

9) 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 initial glance, your employer or recruiter can see all the key relevant points that will prompt them to read further.

  1. Begin with your profile, writing a short summary of your current situation and what sector it is your looking to work in and any skills /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 degree with the information listed above as this is the first aspect of relevance to graduate positions – including understanding and use of Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe etc
  3. The third section of your CV should then be any relevant 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 recruiters quickly recognise your selling points to help propel your consideration for the role.