School Leaver CV Template



Writing a school leaver CV can be a bit tricky. It’s like trying to spread cold butter on soft bread. Fiddly and frustrating.

So, we’ve put together a template to help you write a CV that will have employers fighting over you like hungry bears.

Click on the button below to download the template.



How do I use the school leaver CV template?

  • Once the template has downloaded, it will open as a Microsoft Word document… select ‘Enable Editing’, so that you can edit the template, and add your own information to it.
  • Begin by adding your personal details at the top of the document. Ensure your email address is appropriate, im_a_belieber95@gmail.com isn’t going to impress an employer.
  • In the section titled PROFILE, there are few tips for writing your personal profile. Delete the grey font after you have finished.
  • In the KEY SKILLS text box, there are a few examples of the sort of key skills that you should be including. Aim for between 8-10 key skills, and use the bullet points as a clear, concise and reader-friendly method of conveying what you can bring to the employer.
  • You can also use bullet points in the EDUCATION section, as a way of presenting your A-level or GCSE grades. There is an example within the template. Ensure you remove the example when you are entering your own information.
  • In the EMPLOYMENT/WORK EXPERIENCE section, give start and end dates for each period of employment. Again, use bullet points to list your main responsibilities and achievements. . . such as, Were you a team leader at work, or trusted with cashing up? Did you win employee of the month? Employers go absolutely crackers for this sort of information.
  • As the advice in the template repeats, ensure the interests and extra-curricular activities you mention are 1) relevant to the scheme/job you are applying for 2) are interests that showcase your skills. . . like organisation, communication, team-work etc.


School Leaver CV: Quick Tips!

  • DON’T use any colloquial language (slang)
  • DON’T include a photo. (Unless the recruiter asks you to do so).
  • DON’T write more than two pages.
  • TAILOR your CV to the role you are applying for. 
  • ALWAYS check for spelling and grammar mistakes. 



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