So, let’s say you’re looking for your first part-time job. You’re going to need to send out a few CVs to businesses you might be interested in working in.

But how are you going to fill out your CV if you’ve got no work experience? Well, obviously you could go get some experience (and I’ve already written an article about that here). However, since the bulk of your life so far has been education, the obvious choice is to make the bulk of your CV about your education.

Personally, I separated my education and qualifications into two sections.

Education

In this section of your CV, you’ll want to be listing the schools/colleges/universities you’ve attended. I’d limit it to secondary school and up because no employer is going to care about the primary school you attended. If you’re already out of University and already have loads of work experience, I’d simply put your highest level of education down.

The way I like to personally format it is:

[Years of attendance] [Name of school]

[Brief description of your time there]

So, let’s say you’ve got your CV open in Word which just so happens to be the education section sandwiched between blurry paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum. This is what it might look like:

You should include any clubs or activities you did during your time at a school as part of the brief flavour text you add to each segment of this part. In fact, I’d say that the clubs and activities are more important than the schools themselves in terms of a part-time job as they well demonstrate your social skills and ability to work as part of a team which are invaluable in most part-time jobs. Being sociable is extremely important for nailing that first job.

You’ll note that the last segment states the dates as “2015 – Present”. This is because I am still learning how to be a superhero so I’m currently still in education. If you’re no longer in education, obviously you’re welcome to put an accurate end date. It might also be worth considering adding the months you started and left different schools. However, since I started and finished each school at the end of the school year, I didn’t bother.

Qualifications

If you’ve gotten through sufficient amounts of education, you might have some qualifications. Odds are, they’re completely irrelevant to the part-time job you’re applying for so you should probably keep it brief.

Now, my CV isn’t ideal because it mostly consists of blurry lorem ipsum. Honestly, I should probably fix that because nobody can read it. However, the qualifications section looks pretty unblurry. You’ll note that it’s extremely brief. This is because none of my GCSEs are relevant to a job at the local fast food restaurant. What is relevant is the hard work that went into them. That said, your ability to do maths and speak English slightly more relevant, so consider putting a few of the more relevant GCSEs at the top. Your A* in witty one-liners is also pretty important so make sure that’s up there.

 

In all honesty, both of these sections of your CV are only going to be of any significance if you’re looking for your first job. Work experience is more valuable than education for the most part, so prioritise that on your CV though perhaps not in real life. The first job is always the hardest to get so don’t feel disheartened if your applications get rejected a lot.

Good luck, and happy hunting!

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