Results are out! Find what you need...fast. Get quick advice or join the chat
Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free to post

How do I change my 'education' based CV to a more 'work' oriented CV?

Announcements Posted on
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    How do I change my 'education' based CV to a more 'work' oriented CV?

    When I applied for my first job I had a very 'education' based CV (e.g. names of all GCSEs and A Levels and grades) as I had no work experience in retail. Now I have finished this job (after a year) I am finding it difficult trying to eliminate parts, I am trying to keep it to a page long.

    So, how do I make my CV more experience based? How should I reduced the education information?
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by VeggieHJT)
    How do I change my 'education' based CV to a more 'work' oriented CV?

    When I applied for my first job I had a very 'education' based CV (e.g. names of all GCSEs and A Levels and grades) as I had no work experience in retail. Now I have finished this job (after a year) I am finding it difficult trying to eliminate parts, I am trying to keep it to a page long.

    So, how do I make my CV more experience based? How should I reduced the education information?
    I had this exact problem so I know what you mean!

    You need to highlight EXPERIENCE! It's what everybody wants in retail! Represent extracurricular activities as what skills they've given you and have a snappy but informative personal statement. Just state how many GCSEs you've studied and then say you studied English and Maths (followed by the grades) e.g. "I have studied 10 GCSEs including English, French and Maths; Grades A*-C" or if you've got really good results state 5A* for example.

    Charity work is good and draw everything back to retail based. So "I volunteered at Barnardos for two years and have displayed products effectively and interacted with and served customers."

    Hope this helps and feel free to ask questions! (my CV was a lot more successful once I changed it!) and one page is the right idea! X


    This was posted from The Student Room's iPhone/iPad App
    • 102 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by VeggieHJT)
    How do I change my 'education' based CV to a more 'work' oriented CV?

    When I applied for my first job I had a very 'education' based CV (e.g. names of all GCSEs and A Levels and grades) as I had no work experience in retail. Now I have finished this job (after a year) I am finding it difficult trying to eliminate parts, I am trying to keep it to a page long.

    So, how do I make my CV more experience based? How should I reduced the education information?
    May I recommend that you open up a thread in the TSR CV Clinic ? I've used them and they can actually tell you how to really fix up your CV and essentially sort out your problem you're having :yep:
    • 3 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by VeggieHJT)
    How do I change my 'education' based CV to a more 'work' oriented CV?

    When I applied for my first job I had a very 'education' based CV (e.g. names of all GCSEs and A Levels and grades) as I had no work experience in retail. Now I have finished this job (after a year) I am finding it difficult trying to eliminate parts, I am trying to keep it to a page long.

    So, how do I make my CV more experience based? How should I reduced the education information?
    Your CV shouldn't be longer than one page, unless you can give the employer evidence of relevant skills. For example, skills you have developed from participating in extra-curricular activities, sports, etc. You may also have done voluntary work, which I assume will have been in a charity shop, because you said you worked in retail. If you have done voluntary work, have some paid employment experience, qualifications, and extra-curriculars to show/provide evidence of skills, your CV will be two pages long. Otherwise, it should only be one page.

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By joining you agree to our Ts and Cs, privacy policy and site rules

  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: August 7, 2012
New on TSR

The future of apprenticeships

Join the discussion in the apprenticeships hub!

Article updates
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.