In order to get a job in the UK whilst you’re studying, or even afterwards when you’re looking for graduate jobs, you will need a CV. A good CV, or 'Curriculum Vitae' can get you far in life, and is a very important document to have with you whilst you're on the job hunt. Don't worry if you haven’t written a CV before, or have little knowledge on how to build your CV. This article has all the information you need to know!
It might be useful for you to follow a CV template when figuring out what format/style to use. Typically, there isn't a fixed format for a CV, and you will be able to find many examples on the Internet. It should be fairly easy for you to find examples of CVs for students looking for part time jobs. You may want to have a few different versions of your CV, tailored to the type of job you are looking for. For instance, emphasise any customer service skills and experience for part time jobs whilst you are studying, then concentrate on more specific knowledge and talents for graduate jobs.
Acquiring the template is only the beginning, however. Here are some helpful tips for you to write a successful CV:
• Highlight your skills/ talents e.g. IT skills, communication skills, good team work, fluency in multiple languages etc. (Be prepared to provide examples before any interviews you may be invited to).
• Don't be afraid to show off your education. List your academic qualifications, including the subjects and grades. But, only include academic details that will be relevant to the job.
• List your hobbies/ interests. This is a great way to show employers your fun, creative and vibrant personality.
• Make sure you list your employment history. Here you can include any volunteer work, internships and/or work experience that you have participated in.
• Be mindful of your grammar and vocabulary. Keep your sentences factual and to the point. Don’t waffle, and definitely, do not lie!
As a student you should definitely make use of your university's career services and book an appointment with an advisor to review your CV or attend CV workshops. They can give great advice on how to make your CV stand out from the crowd.
For more information and tips on how to write a good CV, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to your UKEC education consultant directly.
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