Template CV for a part time job

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An alternative to our free simple Word CV template, this layout is clean, clear and well laid out, allowing all your important information to shine. A good reminder of how to present your info in reverse chronological order.

School leaver CV template (2021)

School leavers CV template

We show you how to write a UK school leaver’s CV with a complete ‘how-to-write’ guide and real examples. We also give you a smart modern school leaver template that you can download and use yourself.

Skills based CV

A skills-based CV spells out to prospective employers how you have acquired/used the skills they need for a particular job role. Sample information included for an Administrator role.

How to write a student CV

Whether you’re at college or university looking for a part time job, or you’ve left education and you’re now hunting down your first job or apprenticeship, our student CV templates and this guide will provide everything you need for success.

Writing a student CV typically requires a different approach to writing a regular CV. Most students will need to use alternative types of experience to show the employer that they have the required skill set. Because every student’s experience is a little different, the exact structure of the CV may vary.

A typical CV includes these sections as a minimum (usually in this order):

  • Name and contact details
  • Personal statement / profile
  • Work history
  • Qualifications
  • Hobbies and interests

A student CV will usually put qualifications first, unless the student happens to have a sufficient work history. The structure may be as follows:

  • Name and contact details
  • Personal statement / profile
  • Qualifications
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Work experience (unpaid)
  • Employment
  • Hobbies and interests

Some of these sections may not apply to you.

Name and contact details

Provide your first and last name, together with your address, telephone number and email address.

Do not include any personal information such as race, religion, marital status or age. These are protected characteristics which should not attract discrimination but unfortunately still do.

Personal statement / profile

Your personal statement should be a concise paragraph or bulleted list with 3 – 4 sentences, explaining why you fit the job specification. Use the job advert to understand what is most important to the employer and ensure your personal statement addresses these requirements.

Qualifications

Set out your qualifications with any grades (or predicted grades), highest qualification first.

Offer additional detail on any special achievements attained during your studies. These should be achievements that relate to skills which would be valuable to the employer. For example:

  • Perfect attendance award
  • Scholarship
  • High grade for a particular project or module
  • Commendation from headteacher or course leader
  • Work showcased or used as an example for others

Extra curricular activities

Extra curricular activities can help you develop character, confidence and vital skills for the future. They build soft skills that are transferable to the workplace, such as coaching, teamwork and leadership. Non-academic activities can also demonstrate your level of commitment to personal growth that goes beyond the norm.

Use this section to detail any activities you’ve taken part in outside of high school, college or university which provide evidence of skills you have developed that are valuable to the employer. These might be activities in the arts, music, sport, dance, voluntary work, community projects, youth clubs or paid freelancing work, for example. You could also include part time casual work such as car washing, gardening or babysitting.

Where possible, relate your experience to the valuable skills that you have worked on. For example:

“I volunteered at a busy charity home store on Saturdays and Sundays for 6 months. Working alongside 15 other volunteers in shifts, the ability to work as a team, communicate and be flexible as to the role was essential.”

“I am passionate about supporting the homeless and I volunteer for 2 nights a week at the City Centre soup kitchen. Working with people who have complex needs has helped me develop sensitivity and great communication skills. It has also demanded good teamwork, resourcefulness, the ability to support and explain concepts clearly, adaptability and a willingness to work shifts and unsocial hours.”

Work experience (unpaid)

Many students find themselves on work experience placements around the  time they do GCSEs. Some students will also secure placements through the school holidays. Other students will secure a ‘sandwich’ placement whilst studying for their degree.

This type of experience can be valuable for your CV if presented correctly. Employers know that the ‘work experience kid’ often gets to do little more than photocopy and make tea, so if possible, you need to draw on tasks you completed that went beyond this basic agenda. You could also mention any positive feedback you received following the placement.

For example:

“During the summer holidays, I secured a work experience placement at Dexter Marketing. During the 6 weeks, my tasks included writing 100+ plain English product descriptions for a major client, and auditing another client’s content, providing suggestions & ideas when appropriate. I have a highly positive reference from my supervisor and the clients remarked that my content writing was ‘excellent’.”

Employment

Some students will have paid employment experience, perhaps from part time roles or holiday jobs. Even if these are not entirely relevant to the target job role, they demonstrate to an employer that you can keep a paid job and therefore have some of the basic employment skills such as timekeeping, reliability and trustworthiness.

Provide details of any paid employment, most recent first.

Hobbies and interests

Hobbies and interests provide another opportunity to demonstrate transferable soft skills on your student CV. For example:

  • Sports – communication, teamwork, resilience
  • Sports coaching – leadership, teamwork
  • Blogging – communication, creativity, organisation, attention to detail, research
  • Playing an instrument – perseverance, creativity

Hobbies and interests can also show that you’re interested in your personal wellbeing, implying that you’ll have less sick days.

Check out our example student CV templates above for more inspiration on including different types of experience in your CV.