As the end of the school year approaches, you may be thinking about applying to jobs. Knowing where to start can be a struggle. There are hundreds of job sites out there, most asking for your CV, but if you’ve never written one before you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Here are some tips we’ve put together:
A Clear Layout.
The clearer and more concise, the better. Often when applying to these job roles, you have to consider there may be thousands of other applicants, employers don’t have the time to read every word of every application. They will simply skim read your CV, so it needs to be to the point, but you also need to try to stand out. Preferably if you can keep it to one page, it is more likely to be read thoroughly. It may help you to google some CV layouts to get a better idea.
Don’t get carried away and forget the basics! Remember to include your name, your contact details (contact number and email address) and your address. Including these details in a header may be a good idea.
This is your opportunity to tell them why they need you! You have to sell yourself and try to stand out from any other applications, show them why you’re a better employee than the next candidate. Explain who you are, what you’re offering and what you’re looking for. Try to keep this to just one paragraph.
If you do have any, list it here, starting with the most current, including your job title, the name of the organisation, how long you were there for and your key responsibilities. Now, I appreciate you may be straight out of school and applying for your first job. That’s not to worry, just list any relevant experience or achievements you may have, this could be for example: completing the Duke of Edenborough Award, if you have been a Prefect, Sports Captain or Head Girl/Boy, if you have been awarded any qualifications such as First Aid training. You could also here list any volunteering you may have done and don’t forget even babysitting counts as experience – it shows you are responsible and can be trusted!
Tell them how your experience is relevant and why this makes you the ideal candidate. Make it clear how your relevant skills and experience will support you in this new role.
Your educational experience should be listed here, your secondary school alongside any qualifications you achieved, your Sixth form/College/Apprenticeship with any grades, and if you have been to University, attach your final qualification. Also, state the dates you completed each stage of education.
Hobbies and Interests
This isn’t required but employers are often interested in a bit about you. Ensure you relate any hobbies and interests back to how this will help you in this new role or why this is a particularly exciting job role for you – dream job etc.
You don’t have to list the names and numbers of your references at this stage. You can simply put ‘references available upon request.’
What to Avoid?
- An unprofessional layout
- Avoid generic overused phrases – such as ‘team player’
- Make sure your CV is up to date
- Don’t submit a CV longer than two pages
- Spelling mistakes!
- Incorrect contact details
- Unexplained gaps in employment
Where to Look for Jobs?
- Total jobs
- The guardian
- Facebook jobs
- Student careers websites – your school/college/university will often have careers pages
- Shop windows
- Ask friends/family
Happy Job hunting!