Going Above and Beyond - Make Your CV Stand Out When You Leave School

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Many people worry that they won’t have an impressive enough CV when they leave school or college; worries can develop from sensing that everyone else has a much more detailed CV, and that they’re more employable, and more likely to get into the university they want. However, making your CV stand out shouldn’t be too complicated, but should involve putting the effort in to get work experience, to take part in clubs, and to engage in different activities on and offline that can give employers or universities a better picture of who you are.
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Show Evidence of Appropriate Work Experience

It’s crucial to make sure that your work experience isn’t just going to your parents’ or your family friends’ workplace - spending a week photocopying or making cups of tea isn’t going to demonstrate your worth; instead, try to be more ambitious, and contact any businesses early on that you might be interested in working at in the future.

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Part Time Work

Depending on your time limits during the week, it should be possible to get some part time work experience, or even work full time during the summer. Work can include being in a shop, or being a waitress or waiter; you might also be able to find casual work in factories or fast food for a few months; being able to show where you were rewarded for hard work, and where you were given some additional responsibilities is also important if you want to boost your CV for readers.

Participate in Clubs

Getting involved in a local football team, an athletics club, horse riding, or a choir and band can be a great way to show your abilities and your willingness to do more than just study. Being part of a club will also give you the opportunity to travel, and to meet new people. Whilst it can be difficult to fit in other activities when you are sitting your A-levels it is worth doing.

Point to Your Online Network Presence

While this doesn’t mean linking to your personal Facebook page on your CV, it can be a good idea to provide links if you write a blog, or have been involved in a creative web site. Evidence of your writing or reviews, or pages where you’ve displayed crafts and music, can be a great way to demonstrate your personality to universities and employers.

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Charity Work

Voluntary experience doesn’t have to go above and beyond in terms of what you can take on, but can be achieved through small projects; you might have helped out with school fundraising projects, or you may have taken part in larger events like Children in Need. It’s always important, though, to try to be specific about what your contribution to charity was, and what kind of skills it involved.

Take Part in Student Activities

Again, this doesn’t have to be too time consuming, but can show that you’re engaged with campus life; you may want to be part of a student council that holds elections and meets with school governors to vote on issues like school meals. Alternatively, you may have gained experienced as a prefect or a tutor for younger students - all of these experiences should be included on your CV to make it more impressive.

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