Leaving school and looking for work can be a stressful and busy time – even if you’re just looking for a part-time job while you study further. If those tips that your teacher gave you about writing a CV went in one ear and out the other, you might be wishing now that you had paid more attention. But don’t stress – Keep these four simple rules in mind, and you can write a perfectly professional CV to land that dream job!
- Don’t ignore the design
It is always important to make sure the look of your CV is neat and easy to read. Make sure you have space between different categories, that you use the same font and format throughout the document, and that there aren’t any gaps or blank space. If your CV looks sloppy, it might just be enough for an employer to reject your job application. If you are still unsure if your CV looks good enough, you could always use an online template. Digital education platform Educate24 has a free-to-use Smart CV that puts your details into a professional format. It’s also really helpful because it keeps all your information on one secure platform, and updates your CV when you complete a course on the website.
- Keep it simple
Don’t add too much detail. If you are a school student with limited work experience, emphasize your interests and strengths. If you think you’re organised, outgoing or anything else that will benefit you in the workplace, mention it! But keep your sentences simple – don’t use too many long and complicated words – the time to impress will come in your interview. The CV is there to tell people who you are and what you’re about, in an easy-to-absorb way.
- Put yourself in the employer’s shoes
One of the most important things to consider when compiling a CV is that it should be slightly different for each job you apply for. Make sure you take a look at the job description and consider what the employer is hoping to find. Research the company, examine the job advert closely, and think about what would make someone a good choice for the role – all of these things should be included in the CV you send.
- Proofread again and again and again
You can never proofread your CV too much – never! Once you are sure it is perfect, have another person look at it. A fresh pair of eyes will notice mistakes you haven’t, and they might have suggestions for making your CV look even better.
By: Iman Latief