Student CV template
Job hunting as a student can be tough.
Especially when it comes to writing your first CV.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these student CV templates and examples.
A winning CV is crucial to getting your foot onto the career ladder, so I have included example CVs for school leavers and graduates, with some tips on writing your own CV.
Student CV template – School leaver
Why this CV is effective
Writing a school leaver CV is a big challenge, especially when you have no work experience, but all of the job adverts seem to be asking for experienced people.
Here's how this candidate overcomes this barrier and creates an attractive CV.
The profile/personal statement
This candidate doesn’t have any work experience in the field they are hoping to work in, so they use their profile to sell their educational achievements and transferable skills.
The purpose of the profile (or personal statement) is to catch recruiters’ attention as they skim through all of the CVs in their inbox. This profile contains lots of information around highest level of qualifications, subjects that are relevant to their target roles, and extra-curricular activities
They also clearly mention their desire to enter the finance industry, and demonstrate why they have the necessary skills to succeed in it.
The core skills and achievements
The core skills and achievements are in the bullet pointed section under the profile, and as you can see, the points are very short and sharp. This ensures that they can be seen from a quick glimpse of the CV and they gives recruiters a snapshot of this person's skills.
Good skills and achievements to include are things like:
- Highest qualification level
- Skills relevant to the industry you are targeting
- School teams and clubs
- Positions of responsibility
- Awards and recognition
As a school leaver, your education is going to be of great interest to employers, so you should include details of your subjects and grades.
You can even include details of any coursework or projects that might be relevant to the jobs you are targeting.
This candidate’s work experience consists of one part time kitchen role which isn’t relevant to the finance roles they are applying for. However, this doesn’t stop them from using the role to their advantage.
Throughout the role description, the candidate showcases lots of transferable workplace skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem solving.
The role is structured for easy navigation by including an outline at the top, followed by bullet pointed responsibilities.
Student CV template – Graduate
Why this CV is effective
As a graduate, you are competing against lots of other similar candidates to land graduate jobs and internships – so it’s important to get your CV (curriculum vitae) right and make it stand out from the pack.
The personal statement / profile
As a graduate, it’s vital to make recruiters stick to your CV when they first open the document. This candidate does that by writing a powerful personal statement which summarises all of the skills they have picked up in university, work placements, and personal projects.
It’s short, sharp and punchy, which makes it an interesting read, and it’s heavily tailored to the needs of the candidate’s target employers.
Core skills and achievements
To give readers a quick snapshot of their most in-demand abilities, this candidate has included a bullet pointed list of some impressive skills and achievements which relate to their target roles.
As a graduate with limited experience, it’s wise to highlight some relevant projects that you’ve undertaken from university, school, or personal work. It’s a great way to compensate for a lack of work experience in your field.
This candidate is keen to land a product design role, so they have gone into huge detail around the product design elements of their studies. They have highlighted subjects and modules to give recruiters a deep insight into their technical knowledge.
Whilst this candidate’s work experience is not relevant to the roles he is applying for, he still uses them to demonstrate his ability to work in a team environment and contribute to an employer. Roles are well structured and broken up into easy-to-read segments so that employers can read them quickly and find the info they need.
How to write a student CV
Writing your student CV is a lot easier when you have sample CVs and templates, but it’s still important to understand what recruiters want to see in your CV – and the type of information you need to get across.
These tips will help you perfect your student CV.
Structure and format like a pro
Keep the font simple and clear – don’t be tempted to use fancy fonts that might be tricky to read.
The colour scheme should be nice and simple with black text on a white background creating the easiest reading experience.
Do your research
Before you start writing your CV it’s crucial to find out what your target employers want to see in a candidate.
Without knowing the skills and knowledge that are required for the jobs you are applying for, it will be difficult to know what you should populate your CV with.
I would advise heading over to the job sites and scanning through plenty of adverts to find out what the most important skills in your niche are.
Lead with an eye-catching personal statement
The personal statement is arguably the most important part of your CV because it is the first part of the CV that a recruiter’s gaze will be drawn to – if it’s weak, they may skip on to the next CV in their inbox.
So, ensure that your CV is packed with relevant skills and gives a good overview of your abilities – this way it will persuade recruiters to read the rest of your CV.
Expand on your education
As a student it’s unlikely that you will have a lot of experience to write about, so your education section is key to writing a good CV.
Add plenty of detail to your education and include things like:
Be creative with your work experience
The work experience that you include in your CV doesn’t have to be limited to full-time paid jobs only. Think outside of the box and include any instances where you have shown initiative outside of your studies, such as:
- Volunteer work
- School/Uni work placements
- Club or team involvement
- Fundraising events
Writing about these types of activities will give you plenty of opportunities to showcase workplace skills and prove you are motivated.
Using your student CV template
Once you’ve written a winning student CV, it’s time to start landing interviews.
Apply for jobs on multiple job websites with a strong cover letter, as well as searching for your target companies and sending them emails speculatively.
You would also benefit from attending jobs fairs locally and in major cities.
Job hunting is never easy, so don’t give up if you don’t get responses straight away. Be patient, keep making applications and adjust your approach based on feedback.
Stay positive and you’ll be in your dream job in no time.
Good luck with the job search!
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