Writing a CV when at University can seem a daunting and challenging prospect. However, there is no need to panic! Below we have some pointers to get you started on the road to that perfect CV.
Recruiters like to see work experience on a CV. It's great that you are studying at University and this will add value to your CV, but employers also want to see you have gained work experience at the same time; even if it's work placements or summer jobs. It all helps.
So, after your education section on the CV, list your employment experience in reverse chronological order and bullet point your achievements within the position. This will help to demonstrate your skill set to employers so they can see you are a match for their company.
Volunteering can also be a good way to build up your experience. Add this to the CV, especially if you don't have much work experience. This can count just as much and sometimes even more so depending on the relevance to the position being applied for. Again, use this to show your skills and what the experience can bring to a new employer.
In your University course, you will be embarking on specific projects and assignments. Therefore use them to sell as an asset! If you planned and completed a specific project and it will be relevant to the position being applied for bullet point this on the CV in your education section. The key here is to be focused. Don't overwrite this section (recruiters don't want a novel on their hands!). Target the experience you gained and match it to the job specification you are applying for.
This is a section that can cause a bit of debate. However, hobbies can be useful on a CV if you don't have much work or volunteering experience. For example, if you want to work in an IT or Computer Science position, it will be good to mention you code in your spare time (so long as you do that is..). If the hobby is relevant then think about including it. However, most recruiters have no interest in reading about how you like long walks with the dog and your passion for murder mysteries. Best leave those bits out of your CV.
If you have problems with your car you hire a mechanic. If you have water leaking in your house you ring a plumber. If you are having problems writing your CV....hire a professional CV writer to help you. The key is to choose a company with great testimonials. Also, there is no need to pay £100's for a CV package. Most companies should be able to prepare a professional CV for between £35-£60. Your career is worth investing in. So if you are struggling and need help don't be afraid to ask.
To conclude, keep in mind all the above and then give it a go. There is no perfect formula. The key to success is to give it your best shot. However, if you still struggle then don't forget help is at hand if you need it. Beware however of online templates. Recruiters tend to see the same ones all the time to try and keep it bespoke and original. The CV should represent you rather than you having to fit into a template. Recruiters like to see enthusiasm, so keep your CV tone positive and upbeat. If you do it could be you landing that dream job to kick-start your career.
Article Written by Chris Pennington, Director of Your CV Consultant.
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