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    Hey guys,

    Well i'm looking around for jobs at the moment and writing a CV.

    Problem is that i don't have any previous work experience, actually i do from a previous retail shop but it didn't end on good terms (will companies call the company and ask for a reference?) so i'm not sure if i should put it in.

    Also since i'm almost finished doing GCSE's, there are no grades i can put in the CV because predicted grades aren't official.

    So anyone have any ideas to make the CV more appealing or what else i can include?

    All help is appreciated, thanks alot guys

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    They'll only phone references that you provide. Put your personal skills down, have someone from your school like a guidance teacher as a reference. Put down any volunteer work you might do or positions of responsibility at school. Include that you are doing GCSEs too.

    Your 'work experience' section should include any volunteer or paid work you've done (helped your parents out? Stuffed envelopes for local company? Cut your granny's grass? Paper round?), including the one that didn't end well - make up an excuse for why they can't give you a reference, but don't explain unless they ask. Say that your supervisor has since left the company or something.

    You should list all of the GCSEs you're studying for, and your expected grades. For references, give a personal reference from someone 'respectable' (got a family friend who's a university lecturer or has a PhD? Know someone who works for the local council?). You should also list any out of school activities and anything 'interesting' that you've done, like being on sports teams or starring in the school play. Anything that will set you apart from the crowd (in a good way - if you have a criminal record for stabbing your boss, don't mention it).

    Also have you done voluntary work? Perhaps you could add that in your CV too, some employers tend to be impressed by that Depends where you want to work tho.

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