Finished School – What now?

Most of you leaving school will be relieved for many reasons. Whether you’ve achieved GCSEs or A-Levels, your next step will be a big leap – University or Work? University students may also need to find Part Time work to cover living costs and travel. Those of you choosing to work will have mixed feelings.

  • What job?
  • What company?
  • Part or Full Time?
  • How do I get there?
  • Will I fit in?

These questions and many more will play on your mind but planning how you get a job will begin with a CV (Curriculum Vitae).

Your CV is your profile and the information you provide on it, will give an employer some idea about who you are so it’s very important that you think about what information you write down. Above all Never Lie!

The CV will require the following details: –

    • Name
    • Surname
    • Date of Birth
      use this format: 16th March 2000. It looks more professional
    • Address
      write your full address and post code
    • Education
      include all your subjects and your grades
    • Nationality
    • Work Experience
      include any holiday jobs or part time jobs you’ve had, no matter how minor they may seem. Employers like to see students who show initiative. Voluntary work is particularly important and no matter how insignificant it may seem, you will impress a potential Employer further by demonstrating a pro-active, positive and responsible attitude. 
    • Sports, Hobbies and Interests.
    • Awards & Certificates

The second part of your CV is called, your soft skills. These are skills you were born with and developed as your parents brought you up. Whether you’re a student or a Company Director, they can make a huge difference. They are especially important for you if you lack work experience. You can learn more about Soft Skills in my previous post: What are Soft Skills and why do they matter?

  • References
    Your teachers can be very influential by giving you a reference letter. Their reference letter can include information about your behaviour and character. If you’ve had work experience, ask your previous employer to give you a reference letter as well or, at least their contact details.An employer may like to call them for more information.

It may be the first time you’ve ever had to write about yourself. It’s not always easy but your Teachers, Parents, older brother and sister, or friends can be very helpful, so don’t feel like you’re on your own.

You can also learn more about staying motivated while you’re job hunting by looking at our article on 6 Motivational Techniques while job hunting


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