School leavers and students do not have much work experience that they can put on their CV. This makes it more of a challenge for them to stand out from those that do. However on the positive side employers realize this and will take it into account when looking at job application from a student or graduate.

This is a resource page intended to help a school or college leaver write a professional eye catching CV. Learn how to focus their curriculum vitae on those things they are good at, are relevant to the job they are applying for and can prove.

School leavers and students do not have much work experience that they can put on their CV. This makes it more of a challenge for them to stand out from those that do. However on the positive side employers realize this and will take it into account when looking at job application from a student or graduate.

This is a resource page intended to help a school or college leaver write a professional eye catching CV. Learn how to focus their curriculum vitae on those things they are good at, are relevant to the job they are applying for and can prove.

 

Student CV examples for various roles

On this page there are 50 professionally written resume examples that have been created from the perspective of a student who has no work experience.

They are targeted at various roles, and will give you a good idea of how to design and focus your resume at a specific job. Click on the templates to see the full PDF version.

Student resume 1
Sales Assistant vacancy

Student resume 2
Administrative Assistant vacancy


Student resume 3
Hairdresser vacancy

               
Student resume 4
Call Center vacancy


Student resume 5
Receptionist

               
Student resume 6
Security Guard


Student resume 7
Catering Assistant

               
Student resume 8
Waitress


Student resume 9
Intern

               
Student resume 10
Warehouse worker


Student resume 11
Executive assistant

               
Student resume 12
Dental assistant


Student resume 13
Office assistant

               
Student resume 14
Research assistant


Student resume 15
HR assistant

               
Student resume 16
Teaching assistant


Student resume 17
Production assistant

               
Student resume 18
Marketing assistant


Student resume 19
Clerk

               
Student resume 20
Delivery driver


Student resume 21
Courier
[Includes space for two references]

               
Student resume 22
Cashier
[Includes space for two references]


MORE ENTRY LEVEL RESUME TEMPLATES

Accounting assistant

Account executive


Accounts clerk


Bartender


Bar staff [has space for two references]


Data entry


Cleaner


Editorial assistant


Forklift driver


General laborer


Graduate [has space for two references]


Library assistant [has space for two references]


Helpdesk [has space for two references]


IT Support [has space for two references]


Media sales [has space for two references]


Medical sales


Medical receptionist [has space for two references]


Medical assistant

medical assistant entry level resume


MBA


Retail assistant


Mechanic


Personal assistant


Sales representative


Telesales


Truck driver [has space for two references]


Volunteer


Web developer


Welder [has space for two references]

How to write a student CV

Remember a CV should be aimed at getting you invited to a interview, not the actual job. To do this and maximise your chances of getting noticed by a hiring manager write a new resume specifically for the vacancy you are applying to. Try not to send the same CV to every job.

If you do not have much work experience but have good academic results then place your education at the top of your CV. However if your work experience is far more relevant than your education then place this at the top.

Stress how you can be an advantage to potential employers. For instance by mentioning and demonstrating your self motivation, communication skills, industry knowledge and ability to learn quickly and work hard.

 

What to focus on in your CV

 

Student CV writing tips:

  • Do not criticize your previous or present employers.
  • Do not lie about or exaggerate your skills, abilities or academic qualifications.
  • Keep it short, concise, clear and no longer than two pages.
  • Never send the first draft of your CV, always go over it a few times re-writing it and redrafting it to make sure get it right.
  • Proof read and check for spelling mistakes.
  • Mention your ability to work as part of a team.
  • In your CV insert and highlight industry keywords that relate to the vacancy you are applying for.

 

Education

In their CVs students should focus on the academic qualifications they have gained at school or college. Start with the names of your places of education, most recent first. Then include subject options taken in each year of your course. Include any special projects, thesis, or dissertation work.

 

Interests, hobbies and other information

List activities that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Specifically mention those that demonstrate your leadership, responsibility or social skills. Mention if you have a driving license or know any foreign languages.

 

Research the employer

Another good way to get noticed is to research the employer and see if they had issued any press releases or been in the news. Then mention this is in the cover letter or CV.

 

References

Find two referees who are willing to give you a positive reference. You do not need to give the actual details on your CV. Simple statement like ‘References available on request’ will do.

 

Voluntary work

In you have done any unpaid work then details of these of this. It can strengthen your CV and demonstrates that you are a responsible and eager person.

Related: Volunteer work experience in a CV

 

More tips on getting a student job

A covering letter

If done correctly this can be a big bonus. It is you chance to directly and personally communicate with the hiring manager. Do not repeat what you have already put in your CV, instead in a maximum of four paragraphs mention why you feel you are the best candidate for the vacancy.

Address the covering letter to the actual person who has advertised the vacancy, thereby ensuring that it lands in front of the right person.

To help you write it keep a copy of the job advert in front of you and refer to the skills and criteria that the recruiter is looking for. Then explain and match your skills to fit the job requirements.

 

Call the company up after sending in your CV
About a week after sending in your application call up the company and ask to speak to the HR department. Politely explain to them that you want to check that they have received your job application. Doing this will bring you to the hiring managers attention and hopefully help to get you invited to that all important interview.

 

Student resource links

Mature student courses

Student accommodation

Student accounts

Student cover letter

Student discount cards

Student loan company

Student loans

Student travel

Student travel insurance

 

Graduate CV

Graduate CV template examples