Being a student can be a huge pressure especially when trying to find a career that will suit you. Trying to juggle studying to get the grades for those careers and keeping up with the update of a personal CV can be a real challenge so here’s a few tips that will help you out when trying to construct that perfect CV that employers will LOVE!
First of all you must consider the layout. Having a ‘scruffy’ layout to your CV with no structure does not look professional and ultimately means that a potential employer will not want to read it. This also makes you look like an unorganised individual which is not an ideal quality that is looked for in a candidate. Instead, try and section your CV into the relevant information. For example, put your contact details such as your name, address, phone number and email address at the top of the page. This lets the employer know who’s CV they are reading straight away. It should then be followed by your exam results/grades. Then you must write about experiences and hobbies. This is the most important part as this gives the employer an insight to the type of person you are and what you could bring to the team.
Another tip is think outside the box. As a student, you haven’t got much experience to put on your CV therefore you must talk about your main qualities and try and think of examples of how you have demonstrated them in every day life. For example, if you are a member of a sports team, or even captain of that team; that shows strong team working skills which is an important attribute to most employers. Similarly, if you have done drama in the past or stage work, this can act as an example of confidence.
In addition, when listing your grades; either GSCE,BTEC,NVQ’S or A levels you must be very clear when listing them. If you do not determine properly what grades you got for each subject then employers may get confused. This is extremely important because if a job title states for example, you must have achieved a grade C of above in GCSE maths; this must be stated clearly on your CV. If you have no structure to your CV, the employer may read the information wrong and potentially not consider you.
Also, make sure you try and do one weeks experience and some volunteer work. In 2016, employers are looking for this on CV’s and as students with no commitments, you can easily contact an employer and ask for a week of work experience or contact a charity or even come and see us at DCSU to ask for any volunteer opportunities. This will really boost your CV and employers will look for this on a CV straight away.
Lastly, NEVER copy anyone else’s CV. Employers can tell between an individual CV and a template from the internet. This demonstrates a lack of preparation from the candidate.