If you have just left school and are seeking full or part-time work then you will need to write a CV. The below information is designed to help you get started, giving a brief outline of CV content and structure. If you’re still confused after reading, you can try our online CV builder for free…
Personal Details: Put your name at the top of the CV (this is the most important information of all, you may want to use bolded or larger sized font). Follow with address and contact details. Date of birth is optional; if it is relevant to the work you are seeking, e.g. bar work, then put it in.
Personal Statement: A small paragraph placed neatly under your personal details. You should make this section relevant to the job you are applying for, ensuring that it answers the two following questions: ‘why do you want to work in this industry?’ ‘What skills do you have that make you suited to this job?’ For example, you might mention that your passion and ability in design technology has led you to pursue a carpentry apprenticeship. Try to avoid phrases like “I am hard-working… … energetic… …ambitious,” anybody can say this, make your personal statement specific to you.
Education: Divide this section by schools attended, starting with the most recent. Clearly list each qualification, subject and exam result achieved while studying at each school. Beneath the qualifications you should add an additional paragraph that outlines other activities or relevant information. Perhaps you led a sports team, won a debate, performed in the school play, have a strong attendance record… These are all relevant and will help compensate for weak grades.
Key Skills: This focuses on qualifications and skills that you have achieved outside of school, it is another easy way of compensating for weak grades. Non-school sporting activities, business interests, musical instruments, languages, sales experience, customer services, cashier roles, IT skills… All of these are relevant.
Work Experience: Many of you will have taken part in work experience programs. Clearly state what you did and what you learned. Try to expand upon any skills you picked up that are relevant to the job you are targeting. You can also use this section to detail any part-time work you have already undertaken.
Personal Interests: Employers are interested in what you get up to you in your spare time. Your hobbies and interests will play large part in how quickly you gel with your new colleagues. Sporting interests, films, socialising, travelling are all relevant. Be honest and be yourself.
References: You should have at least one reference; many school leavers use teachers or a supervisor from their work experience. Clearly list the name, relationship and contact details of your reference and be sure to ask permission, they are likely to get a phone call.
And your pretty much there. Remember, the purpose of a CV is to sell you to an employer. Use each of the sections above to show how you can add value to a company and get hired! If you seek further guidance, we have created an easy to use CV builder that you can try for free.