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Applying for graduate roles can seem like a minefield. From cover letters to CVs, interviews to job offers, there’s a tonne of information to process - all while making a great impression and convincing the employer that you’re the best person for the job!


We’ve put together an essential checklist, to help out grads with their job search.


The application


A good application should include a cover letter and a CV. 


Your cover letter should be grammatically correct, and should use an appropriate, formal tone of voice. It doesn’t need to be War and Peace - one or two paragraphs is sufficient.

Unless you know the name of the consultant or hiring manager, begin with ‘Dear Sir, Madam’ or ‘To whom it may concern’, and end with ‘Kind regards’ or ‘best wishes’. 

You should mention: 

  • The title of the role which you are applying for

  • A sentence or two explaining your interest in the role, and why you think that you are suitable

  • Your name and up-to-date contact details

  • Your availability for interview and notice period for your current role, if applicable


 Similarly, your CV should be concise - ideally, 2 pages of A4 - and should give details of your education, work experience, and hobbies and interests. You should also give your address, email address and telephone number.

This is your first chance to sell yourself to your prospective employer - those two pieces of paper will be your first impression, so make it a good one!

We wrote a detailed blog post on writing a killer CV - check it out here:


The interview


For all interviews that you are invited to attend, make sure that you are smartly dressed and punctual. There’s nothing worse than flying in 5 minutes late, red-faced and sweaty because you’ve run from the tube station!

Aim to arrive 30 minutes before - this will allow for any delays and give the ESG consultants time to give you a quick final prep over the phone. 


Interviews are a chance for employers to understand your personality, as well as your skillset. Make sure to discuss your motivations and goals for the future, as this will show the employer that you are keen to work hard and progress in your career. 


You can find all the do’s and don’ts of interviews in our #GradJobs series blog post here:




The offer


If you are successful in one or more of your interviews, you will be offered a job! 

If you are offered more than one role, you will have to choose between them; be sure to take into account all the elements, including salary, location, company culture, benefits, responsibilities of the role, and opportunities for progression. 


Everything you need to know about accepting a job offer is in our detailed blog post:


ESG place graduate and second-jobbers into London’s leading Recruitment firms across sectors such as Legal, Financial, IT, Digital, and Energy. To apply today, call 020 3371 0121 or email

Stay up to date on all of our latest news and current roles by following us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. #ESGGradJobs


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