School Leaver CV Template

Writing a school leaver CV for the first time can be a bit tricky.

So, we’ve put together a template to help you write a CV that will have employers fighting over you like the last chicken piece in a KFC bucket.

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How do I use the school leaver CV template?

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    Once the template has downloaded, it will open as a Microsoft Word docx document. Select ‘Enable Editing’ so that you can edit the template, then start filling it in!
  2. 2
    Begin by adding your personal details at the top of the document. Ensure your email address is appropriate, isn’t going to impress an employer.
  3. 3
    In the section titled PROFILE, there are a few tips for writing your personal profile. Delete the grey font after you have finished.
  4. 4
    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 company.
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    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.)
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    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.
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    Ensure the interests and extra-curricular activities you mention are a) relevant to the scheme/job you are applying for b) are interests that showcase your skills. . . like organisation, communication, teamwork etc.
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    You’re welcome to change the fonts, but make sure they are professional looking. Georgia and Times New Roman are perfect. Comic Sans is never okay.

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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.

Good luck!