A CV or resume is vital for every student for any job (be it a part time job or the start of your career). It is a summary of your skills, knowledge and experience obtained so far in your life as well as your interests outside of your studies.
Above all else remember that companies see many CVs every single day of the week so your CV needs to stand out from every other applicant and look professional. Remember that your CV is still a sales document to get you an interview and nothing else and should be written with that in mind.
So long as you follow the standard format as shown below and enter all of the relevant experience you may have even if you have never had a job before then this will shown potential employers your skill set. If you have taken even a part time job this will show that you are able to work as part of a team which will be important in your future careers.
Add as much as you can that shows off your skills and abilities. If you have held positions in your school or university then add these in as well.
CV Template for Students
The template for your CV as a student is the same as anyone else's CV and you'll have some work experience to write down even if it's in the local shop or fast-food restaurant. Anything that shows you can work as part of a team.
The main elements to construct are:
- Your name at the top in a largish font
- Your address, telephone number and email address on 2 lines if needed so prospective employers can contact you. Make sure you include your mobile phone number.
- A summary of where you are and what you are looking for in your application
- Your education and qualifications achieved with your latest shown first
- Your working career history even if it's just serving in McDonalds as this will show that you have worked with people before as part of a team. List your achievements in this section rather than the job specification.
- Your interests and hobbies
- Referees that can vouch for you
Example Student CV
Here is an example of a student CV you can use to base your own experience around. The headings should remain the same and remember this is a sales document to get you an interview for the job you are applying for:
Remember that your CV needs to stand out from all the hundreds of other students that are applying for job vacancies so put as much as you can to sell yourself.
Example Cover Letter
Your cover letter when applying for jobs is an important as your CV. The cover letter's job is to get the prospective employer to open and look at your CV and no more. It should be succinct but straight to the point.
Whatever CV you need for your job as a student just follow the above guidelines and sell all the skills and knowledge you possess.