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Graduate Programme

Why invest in our graduate programme?

Competition is fierce out there and it’s not unusual for companies to receive 80 or more applications for each graduate vacancy. If your academic record isn’t quite stellar – don’t despair. There are lots of opportunities out there and we help graduate jobseekers from all disciplines and universities secure their target role. When graduates know how to market themselves properly, they’ve already got a head start on their peers.

City CV has developed a graduate application formula that works. Among our international industry awards, we have won Best Graduate CV. Our graduate, internship and postgraduate clients have seen rapid success.

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Expertise and experience:

City CV CEO, Victoria McLean, is a former recruitment manager for two leading global investment banks and is a multiple CV industry award-winner. She leads a team of interview coaches and professional CV writers, who provide a bespoke 1-2-1 service, drawing on their in-depth hiring industry experience, across sectors and levels, right from graduates to Board level executives.

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Industry insight:

City CV writers and coaches are experts with detailed knowledge of banking, law, technology, accounting, education, e-commerce, civil service, finance, military, marketing, creative and more.

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Proven track record:

City CV graduate jobseekers have secured roles at firms including Citi, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, Barclays, JPM,Deutsche, BNY Mellon, Fidelity, Glencore, Lazard, Trafigura, StateStreet, PwC, EY, UBS, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Deloitte, EY, BlackRock, BAML and Nomura.

Are you application ready?

Don’t leave your career to chance. Our intensive graduate jobseekers programmes are ideal for students from first to final year, MSc, MBA and beyond. Whether you are applying for a graduate role or internship, you can rely on us. We have helped thousands of graduates succeed.

Our Essentials graduate programme will provide you with a professionally written, stand-out graduate CV and a LinkedIn profile. In addition to this you will receive a coaching session with an expert to guide you on how craft highly-effective graduate cover letters, a key part of the application process, and essential to get right. We provide you with the tools you need to secure your target graduate job or internship.

Our Fundamentals, Impact and Success programmes will provide you with all of the above PLUS a number of hours of industry-specific interview training. This will provide the preparation and techniques you will need to successfully manage the rigorous interview process. It’s your one opportunity to really show what you’re made of, impress and achieve that all important job offer. We will work with you to improve your eloquence, overcome interview anxiety, and increase your personal credibility, gravitas and impact to demonstrate that you are a perfect fit for the role.

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If you need any advice, we are just a phone call away:

“I just wanted to give you a little bit of an update on my job hunt…

From your excellent help, I have managed to land the graduate scheme with HSBC to start later this year! My confidence in both my own abilities and being able to present myself in interview really grew with Nick’s coaching and I can’t thank you enough for this.”

GG, Graduate

“The interview coaching package is more helpful than I thought. After I failed one interview after another, I bought an interview coaching package from City CV. With your help I built my interview strategy, spotted my mistakes during interviews, learnt how to tell my story and can respond almost any competency question confidently. I would not have obtained the offer from Deutsche Bank without your help. I really appreciate the help I received from City CV and would highly recommend City CV to anyone who wants to improve his/her interview skills and success rate.”

XS, Accounting Graduate

Our Approach

Stage 1: Career Strategy

For students who are unsure of their target industry or career route, this initial stage helps to clarify thinking so that you know you are moving in the right direction. With specific industry and hiring expertise, your dedicated coach will work with you to identify your strengths, opportunities and career goals.

Together, we match your skills with available roles to correctly position you in the marketplace. Your coach will be your sounding board, allowing you to determine clear targets, companies and graduate schemes. We understand the complexities of today’s graduate job market to give you total clarity on what motivates you and how your strengths translate into employability.

Many of our students already know their target role and jump straight to stage 2, using their coaching hours in stages 3 and 4.

Stage 2: Marketing Strategy 

Professionally written CV | LinkedIn Profile | Graduate Cover Letter / Graduate Application

It’s crucial that your documents illustrate your skills, commercial value and ‘fit’ to make the shortlist. We know how to make this happen.

Your consultation with a dedicated CV writer enables us to gather all the information we need to write your keyword-optimised CV, graduate cover letter and LinkedIn profile. All the essentials required to secure that coveted interview. We have the insider knowledge and finance expertise to help beat the competition and put down on paper exactly what graduate recruiters and business leaders want to see.

Stage 3: Job Search Strategy

Job hunting can sometimes result in a scattergun approach. We ensure your search is at its most productive with focused, proven strategies to steer you through the complex recruitment process, and bring precision to your search. We show you how to optimise your usage of LinkedIn to enhance your digital brand and engage with appropriate decision makers to build relationships that will enrich your search.

City CV provides individualised help for your applications. This could include your graduate statement, further job application writing and coaching and additional graduate / internship IB cover letters.

Stage 4: Interview Strategy

Interview diagnostics | Mock Interview | Self-promotion, motivation, academic & professional achievements | Competency & behavioural interview answers |  Interview etiquette, communication & body language | Overcome interview anxiety | Questions you should ask | Specific research | Online interviews | Assessment centres

You’ve secured your interview. Now is your one opportunity to show what you’re really made of, impress and secure that important job offer. Designed by a former top tier investment banking recruiter, the City CV programme focuses on the entire interview process.

Your personal interview coach will tailor every element of the programme to you, your experience and chosen career direction. This programme will improve your chances of interview success in whatever industry you have chosen.

Career Refinery
Portal & App

City CV’s Graduate programme is underpinned by our Career Refinery Portal & App.

This bespoke app includes weekly, live, careers-focused masterclasses, a database of over 25,000 recruiters, an advanced LinkedIn networking tool, e-learning, personal branding advice, hundreds of videos and articles, and a full range of interactive tools, with ongoing support to help you secure your first role.

Call +44 (0)20 7100 6656 or email our expert team to discuss your career transformation.

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