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This free ATS-friendly professional CV template has a super simple design and is easy to edit in Microsoft Word. Adding or editing sections is no problem, making it perfect for just about any role.
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The easiest way to get work experience for your professional CV template
If you’re a recent school leaver you may be worried about how you’re going to get a full time job with little to no work experience. Although most employers expect a school leaver to have quite a bare work history, it would still always be more favourable if some kind of experience was present on your CV.
For entry level positions an employer would be inundated with applications from ex-students who are now looking for employment. When faced with so many other applicants you will need to try and prove to the employer that you already have some experience in a working environment.
Here’s the easiest way to get work experience for your CV:
You’ll see in this professional CV template that the candidate has a voluntary position which he took almost immediately after completing his A-levels.
Some people assume voluntary work is for retired people who are looking to fill their time and help out a good cause. In some cases this may be true, but you’d also be very surprised at how many different types of people volunteer for a local charity or country park.
Voluntary work should not be dismissed as a waste of time just because you don’t get paid. Instead, view this as an opportunity, to not only add valuable work experience to your CV, but also a chance to develop your soft skills. Most employers look for certain soft skills in all their employees. Here are the 6 soft skills an employer wants to see on your CV.
Here are some sites to help you find volunteering opportunities:
Work experience = soft skills
There are two possible paths you can take when leaving school and searching for a full time position. You can either apply with a CV that has a very bare work experience section – maybe even none. Or, you can take up a voluntary role and instantly create a list of skills, tasks and responsibilities for your CV.
The advantage is clear from this candidate’s work history: he has no employment gaps and he has added valuable work experience, thanks to taking up a voluntary position.
There are so many soft skills you can learn and develop from a voluntary position. Here are some of the main skills:
- Problem solving
- Work ethic
These soft skills will become an important tool to use on your CV when looking for that first job. An employer will instantly be able to see that you have already begun to build up these skills and have some experience already in a working environment. See our article ‘Volunteering for work experience‘ for more information.
Although in the example CV the candidate has not made much of his voluntary experience, a school leaver with very little experience can provide far more detail about the skills they gained volunteering. See our School Leaver’s CV for more details and examples.
Part time work
Part-time roles are often easier to find and can be a great way to keep busy and earn money whilst searching for a full time position. This may be a more popular route than voluntary work because of the pay and the chance to work in a similar industry to your chosen career path.
In the example content used for our professional CV template, you’ll see the candidate’s first job was for just 18 hours a week. However, he includes it anyway as it demonstrates the valuable skills he has built in his first position.
Even working in a coffee shop will reap many rewards. Not only will you be getting paid for your efforts, you will also be building up some valuable work experience for your CV. So don’t turn your nose up at something which is below your career goal, and get working as quickly as possible to build up that valuable work experience.
Part time is still work experience
Ideally you want to try and get a part time job in a similar industry to where you would like to work full time. If retail is of interest to you, applying for weekend jobs at Christmas or during busy seasonal periods will often yield success.
The interaction you have on a daily basis with customers and co-workers will give you a great platform with which to build upon when searching for a full time position. Part time roles can also create other opportunities and it may be possible to land a more permanent position within the same company.