CV WRITING TIPS

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GOOD CV WRITING TIPS FOR STUDENTS

A CV is a document that represents you to your potential employer. It speaks volumes of what you have done before and what you are capable of doing in case you obtain your desired job. It acts as a chance to show your potential employer that you are a good match for the job and can back up any claims you make. For this reason, you should include a personal statement in your CV which is simply a sentence or two summing up who you are professionally and your capabilities. Find out more of these details on: https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/write-first-cv-tips-students-school-leavers/

A CV SUB-DIVISIONS

A good CV should be subdivided into clearly labeled sections that allow the reader to easily skim through and learn about your relevant qualifications. These subsections should have simple, clear and skimmable details. The sections you include depends on your background and the position you are applying for. The most common CV sections include:

  • Contact information- under this section you are supposed to include your full name, phone number and email address.
  • Personal statement- In this section briefly describe your personal summary or objectives.
  • Education- this is where you are supposed to focus on your achievements, accomplishments and memberships throughout your school life. This section is organized in a reverse chronological order, so that the most recent or highest level appears first. You should include the name of school you attended, the dates you attended or the expected graduation date and your academic achievement per level.
  • Working Experience- this section can take all kind of forms. You are supposed to include all the experiences you’ve had. They may include volunteering, part time jobs, charity work, work shadowing, work placements etc. For each bit, include the name of the place you worked, the duration you worked there and the main tasks.  After this section you can add other sections that include your other experiences such as research experience, administrative experience, publications and presentations among others.
  • Skills and strengths- here talk about the life and work skills you have. If you have worked earlier you can demonstrate how your working experience has helped you build up the skills. The skills can include communication, teamwork, self-belief, problem solving etc.
  • References- This section is not always a must. If you do not include it, you can simply indicate,   “references available on request”. If you consider including it, make sure someone who gives you a reference is someone who can vouch for you. This could be your teacher or a person who supervised you as you work. Also remember to request this person politely. All your referees should be informed about it.

These are the basic sections and their detailed information is found on: https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/write-first-cv-tips-students-school-leavers/

Or https://writing.wisc.edu/handbook/assignments/cv/

Or https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/resumes-cover-letters/cv-examples-for-students

The CV DO’s and DON’T’s are also here: https://dweebsglobal.org/resumes/

In case you need an example, kindly visit: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/high-school-resume-examples-and-writing-tips-2063554

Or https://www.thebalancecareers.com/college-student-resume-example-2063202

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