CV Writing Advice
The Student Job Shop offers a CV APPOINTMENT and WORKSHOP facility.
***To book an appointment please email your CV as a word document to email@example.com
Here is an example CV which has a good layout and can be used as a template for you to structure your details along with helpful tips to guide you.....
Here are some tips to help you write your CV...
DEMONSTRATE SKILLS RELEVANT TO THE JOB
• You need to demonstrate to the employer through your CV that you have the skills, personal qualities and experience that they have specified in the job advert or person specification.
• Even if you do not have any relevant work experience you can still provide examples of where you have used relevant skills. Have been on a committee of a student society and during meetings you have had to communicate effectively with other committee members? Identify your skills and think about how you can explain their value to your potential employer.
TAILOR YOUR CV
• This can be done by using a profile sentence as a quick summary of you and your skills or alternatively use a job target followed by key skills. Make this relevant to the position you are applying for. You should not use the same profile to apply for jobs which require different experience, skills and qualities.
KEEP IT RELEVANT
• Although the employer will be interested that you are a student and you can use examples from your course to demonstrate certain skills, you do not need to provide information about the modules you are studying unless they are directly relevant to the job you are applying for.
• Make sure your CV is concise and to the point. Make the relevant information, skills and experience easily available to the employer.
• Check headings and font sizes are consistent.
• Use bullet points. Employers will read short, concise sentences NOT long paragraphs.
• One page is acceptable for a CV for a part-time job.
• Use an email address that you check regularly.
• Do not use an email address which is unprofessional.
• Check for spelling and grammar.
• Once you have finished your CV ask a friend or the Student Job Shop to check it again for you to ensure there are no errors you have missed.
• If you do not have any work experience ask one of your university tutors if you could put them on your CV as a reference.
• You must always ask an individual before providing their details for a reference.
• If you are sending numerous speculative CVs then do not write your referees’ details, simply write “References available on request”. This is to ensure your referees are not inundated with requests.
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If you are writing a CV for a graduate role or you require any form of Careers guidance you need to visit the Careers and Employability website for more information;