No matter how many times you’ve done it, writing a CV is still one of the most difficult parts of getting the job hunt right. Even if you know you’ve got the right experience and tick every box the job description asks of you, it’s knowing how to demonstrate that where many people end up falling short.

And for graduates looking for that all-important first job after university, the importance of writing a CV that’s going to make recruiters stand up and take note is that little bit tougher. After spending 3+ years working hard to gain a degree, students now have to look for a role in a job market ravaged by the effects of a global pandemic.

Luckily, luxury student accommodation provider Nido Student has stepped in to help out recent graduates who may be struggling to land employment in their chosen sector. Scouring 100 graduate-level job adverts across a range of sectors from, they uncovered the most important words and phrases that were mentioned in these ads, cluing us into the CV competencies that are required, as well as insights into the types of companies hiring in each field and what their prevailing attitudes were.

Splitting their search into seven highly-desired sectors – Accounting, Social Media, Recruitment & HR, Law, Design, Teaching and Sales – Nido Student found out a little extra information that allows recent graduates to finetune their CVs, unlocking the all-important code that could help them land their first role out of university.

Paying particular attention to the Recruitment & HR sector, we can see that things such as sector experience, a keen business mind, and a focus on career progression were frequent phrases in Nido Student’s findings. Their results show that “strong communication skills” and “a social personality” popped up less frequently than you’d expect for a HR & Recruitment executive, but that these skills should certainly not be discounted.

A sector that’s known for those with gregarious personalities; someone who’s a people person will definitely be well suited to this job. And for anyone eyeing up a career in HR & recruitment, we’re sure you got to demonstrate such attributes while studying, whether it was work or play! So, if you’re looking to get your foot in the door of this sector, take note of these phrases and be sure to mention them on your CV.

As for recruitment companies themselves, they found that Indeed’s job adverts featured terms such as “training” and “development & progression” the most, indicating that many HR & recruitment companies are committed to career growth when it comes to graduates. Graduates with the drive to succeed in this sector should keep an eye out for companies where these terms abound if they’re looking for career progression. Elsewhere, terms such as “management programme”, “supportive team”, and “sales focused” also cropped up, albeit less frequently than the other terms mentioned.

For more information into how Nido Student conducted their study, as well as the detailed results they gained in full, you can check out their article These Are The Words You Should Use on Your Grad CV, According to Data right here.


By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.