I am currently an undergraduate student looking for employment. How do I write my curriculum vitae?
Whether you are applying for a work placement as a student, an internship or preparing for the world of work, you will need to come up with a strong entry-level CV. A well-targeted CV accompanied with a convincing cover letter can help you get ahead of other candidates and create a good impression to employers.
When you’re writing your CV, the most important thing to remember is to make it relevant to the position you are applying for. The simplest way to do this is by using the right keywords that can make it stand out from the rest of the crowd. You will need to include terms that are related to the subject you’re studying - such as acronyms and desired skills or abilities - that are written on the job advert because it can help make CV scanning easier for employers and ATS systems.
How you structure your CV depends on what you want to achieve. For starters, are you looking for a job in your field of studies or hoping to get just any job? In my opinion, the first option is preferable since it allows you to start improving your knowledge in your field of expertise straight away.
As an undergraduate student, you may not have as much work experience, so it’s a good idea to focus on your education. You can write down the modules that you are taking, and refer to any assignments, or coursework that is directly relevant to the job and provide some good information.
Also, you should talk about your skills and provide real examples of how you have applied them. It’s a good idea to list skills such as communication, teamwork, organisational, IT and time management. These are considered to be the most important skills a candidate can possess and you can easily think of one or two examples from your life as a student. For example, you can talk about your ability to finish assignments on time or work with others in a group effectively.
If you have ever been a volunteer, it’s important to write it down on your CV because this shows that you are a well-rounded individual who has a range of interests, a go-to attitude and a desire to learn and contribute back to society. Finally, don’t forget your references. These could be the golden ticket to your first job. Just make sure that you ask your professors or previous employers - who have something good to say about you - if they are willing to provide a reference for you.
Writing an undergraduate CV isn’t difficult as long as you know what you need to include. If you don’t have much experience to speak of, make sure to focus on your education, skills, volunteering experience and references. Best of luck with your job hunting!