How to write your first CV
You've just left School, College or University and are looking for your first job. You know how to write a CV but with no employment experience what do you include? Do not despair, an employer will be looking for potential and for examples of the skills you have.
What you'll need:
A notepad and pen
Time to reflect on all you have achieved so far
The style of your CV should be skills based rather than work based. Suggested headings are Personal Profile - a summary of your skills and abilities, Education, Skills and Achievments, Work Experience, Interests and Hobbies, Contact Details.
Academic achievements. Did you win any awards or certificates for achievement in any of the subjects you studied? Did you do any projects that you excelled in? Did you help other pupils? Do you speak any foreign languages?
Special Responsibilities. Were you a prefect, a mentor, a buddy? What aspects of these roles are you proud of?
Sporting Achievements. Did you achieve any special awards? Did you take part as a team player week after week, practice and improve. What are you most proud of? Being part of a team shows commitment. Did you lead the team at any time? Did you represent your school or college?
Leadership and Initiative. Have you ever brought a group of people together to achieve something or solve a problem. What was your role and what did you achieve?
Computing Skills. Quick and accurate typing skills, internet searching and knowledge and use of social media can all be useful assets. Good spreadsheet or database skills are useful and any programming skills
Hobbies and Interests. What knowledge do you have from your interest and hobbies? What skills have you developed? These could be social skills and communication.
Volunteering. Have you ever volunteered for a day, a week or on a regular basis. This is a great way to gain experience and could be worth doing now. Contact your local volunteer bureau or go to www.i-volunteer.org.uk
Work Experience. Remember to include any work experience you do have such as babysitting, car washing etc. What skills and responsibilities did you need?
Your CV needs to stand out from the crowd so needs to be more than just a list of your education and exam results. By including what you have achieved, you are projecting more about yourself and why an employer should be interested in you.
Look at the job description and try to show you have the required skills.
Include a covering letter with your application.
Make sure you have included contact details on your CV.
Get someone to proof read your CV to eliminate any errors.
Don't put down something on your CV if you are not happy to talk about it at interview.
Be honest about dates and any employment - your employer may check.
Ensure there are no spelling mistakes on your CV.