Creating a CV is a must if you’re wanting to get a part time job whilst you’re studying, and is a useful skill to have for when you graduate and begin your career. Most jobs require you to submit one when you apply.

This give an employer basic information about yourself, a history of any previous employment/experience, as well as details on academic achievements and contact details for references. You’ll often need to submit one along with a cover letter. Here, we show you how to create a winning student CV and how best to format one, in order to bag yourself an awesome job.

Step 1

Start by putting your full name and contact details at the top of your page.

Contact details to put should include your address, email address and your phone number.

These details will be used by an employer if they wish to contact you to offer you an interview, so it’s important that they’re accurate and up-to-date! 

Step 2

Next, you can include a short personal statement.

This should outline what you can bring to the role you’re applying for and why you would be the ideal candidate. Try and keep this as brief as possible, as this is what a cover letter is for. Try and aim for around 5 words.

Step 3

Next, you should list any previous work experience.

This is the main part of any CV, including a student CV. Employers are looking to see what experience you have and skills that you could bring to the role that they are advertising.

If you haven’t worked before, think about any volunteering you may have done in the past. This section should be organised into reverse-chronological order, so you should start with your most recent work experience and work your way backwards.

When listing your past work experience, start by putting your role title, then the name of the company/organisation. You also need to write about your experience, use this as a chance to demonstrate what you did, what you learnt, and what you achieved in your time there.

Did you help increase sales in the store where you worked? Cut down paper use in the office? Write about it! Employers want to see these sorts of things. 

Step 4

The next section should be a list of your academic achievements, starting with your most recent qualification, list the name of the institution you studied at, the qualification and the grade achieved.

Don’t be tempted to lie or exaggerate on this section, as employers may request to see copies of your certificates.

Step 5

Finally, you’ll need a references section, this is generally two or more individuals’ details who are happy to vouch for you and your character if an employer offers you a job.

Generally, these need to be someone you have worked for, as well as someone who isn’t related to you. An old employer and a family friend are a good combination.

If you haven’t got much experience, a teacher or tutor can act as a reference. It’s important (and good manners) to ask someone if they will provide a reference before you put them down on your CV.

This is how to write a CV

Armed with all this new knowledge on how to craft the winning student CV, you’re sure to get a part time job soon, and hopefully a great job once you graduate. Best of luck with the job hunt!

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