Remember that for school leavers, you might not have conventional work experience – and you might therefore need to think about alternative experience to put in this section. Our page with our downloadable CV for 13, 14 and 15 year olds also includes guidance on alternative work experience which you may find useful. If you can’t find anything at all to put in this section, the best course of action is to remove it and replace it with a skills section. The same page has a good amount of guidance on hard skills and soft skills, with examples of how to provide evidence for your prospective employer.
Education – does it have to be on your CV?
This is a question we often get asked and can typically be quite difficult to answer as it really does depend on a lot of factors. But, we are going to give it a go and try to cover as many different scenarios as possible to help you decide whether or not you should state your educational achievements on your CV when applying for a job.
Does the hiring manager care about your education?
Let’s say for example that you were applying for a Sales Executive role for a car dealership, and you’ve worked in car sales as well as other sales roles for many years. In this scenario it’s very likely that your list of experience and knowledge is the key to success, and focusing on those aspects of your CV will be what the sales manager is looking for.
On the flip side, if you are applying to be a teacher then your grades at school, college and university are very important as well as the standard teaching qualifications you are expected to hold in order to obtain the position. This type of role is a bit of a no brainer when it comes to deciding whether or not your education should be on your CV.
What if I’m not sure whether or not my education is important?
If you are sat on the fence then our advice would be to contact someone at the company and try to gain some insider knowledge. You should never be afraid to call the hiring manager directly, or even visit them in person if they are happy to make an appointment.
If you pull this off correctly you will not only find out how important your education is for your CV, but you’ll also be privy to other tips on what they are expecting to see on an application.