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    This is pretty much all I got. I don't have any real work experience and I removed all my contact details and name (though obviously I will add that to the CV)


    Profile: I am a highly motivated and capable person who is very goal orientated. I have excellent communication skills and work well as part of a team, as well as by myself. I am an avid sports player, which has helped keep me active on a constant basis and developed my interpersonal skills.
    I have a passion for music and have played the piano and guitar for 11 and 8 years respectively, finding my commitment to the mastering of these instruments to be a very rewarding and engaging experience.
    Education and Qualifications:
    F____ Sixth Form:
    3 A Levels: English Language & Literature: B Sociology: C
    Media Studies: C
    10 GCSE'S passed, including an A in English Language and a B in English Literature and Media.
    Work Experience: I have had experience assisting a painter and decorator, helping to paint and varnish the inside of houses, and I found that I performed well taking orders and focusing on finishing the goal of painting and varnishing the house interiors.

    References: Available upon request.
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    Make stuff up.





    Just add more to your pesonal experiance
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    Lie.
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    Depends on the job you're applying to.
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    Make it skills based - then you can cover all your relevant skills and abilities but in a format that is explicitly showing that you can meet various criteria for a range of jobs and roles.

    If you don't have much work experience put in the longest job you had, or the most recent regardless of what it is. If you're looking to go into a job which will require any academic knowledge write down some information about important courses relevant to the job - e.g. if it's a job relating to sociology do a sub heading of 'relevant experience' before adding important things from the course.

    So you'll have
    - Personal details
    - Education
    - Relevant experience
    - Employment history
    - Skills - technical or not include some
    - Interests
    - Ref's
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    d some volunteer work, that might show commitment and more job experience
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    (Original post by lmosco)
    This is pretty much all I got. I don't have any real work experience and I removed all my contact details and name (though obviously I will add that to the CV)


    Profile: I am a highly motivated and capable person who is very goal orientated. I have excellent communication skills and work well as part of a team, as well as by myself. I am an avid sports player, which has helped keep me active on a constant basis and developed my interpersonal skills.
    I have a passion for music and have played the piano and guitar for 11 and 8 years respectively, finding my commitment to the mastering of these instruments to be a very rewarding and engaging experience.
    Education and Qualifications:
    F____ Sixth Form:
    3 A Levels: English Language & Literature: B Sociology: C
    Media Studies: C
    10 GCSE'S passed, including an A in English Language and a B in English Literature and Media.
    Work Experience: I have had experience assisting a painter and decorator, helping to paint and varnish the inside of houses, and I found that I performed well taking orders and focusing on finishing the goal of painting and varnishing the house interiors.

    References: Available upon request.

    Get some more qualifications, if not in academia then in other fields. Show some aptitude for leadership. If you like sports so much, why don't you get a coaching qualification and coach a sports team? If you're a good musician, why not tutor beginners? Both of those things are far more impressive and concrete achievements than just saying "I play music/I play sports". Anyone can say that.
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    Expand your work experience and add skills and interests.
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    Include things like :

    Proficiency with computer programs, e.g microsoft word, excel
    Driving license ( Clean ) if not state how many points.
    Interests
    Achievements
    Work experience
    Education
    Further studies ( Any other courses that you aren't taking with your college/school/uni)
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    Have you considered working abroad or doing some volunteer work to boost your cv? Working and volunteering abroad boosts your CV and increases your employability. It shows to employers that you are motivated, independent and willing to challenge yourself. It also makes you more confident and broadens your horizons. The experience of working and volunteering abroad shows to employers that a candidate is willing to go that extra mile and, in a competitive job market where many companies are far more likely to hire candidates with work experience than those without, it can give job hunters the edge they need to stand out from the crowd and advance on the career ladder.

    For more info on our Work abroad and volunteer programmes (which start from just £295 for three months in the USA), visit www.bunac.org.uk
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    Don't use the word ''I'' for starters - it is frequently used in homemade CV's.

    Always use the 3rd person when referring to yourself in your CV, it sounds more professional and funnily enough actually gives you scope to brag about yourself without coming across as arrogant!
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    (Original post by Liquid_Snake)
    Don't use the word ''I'' for starters - it is frequently used in homemade CV's.

    Always use the 3rd person when referring to yourself in your CV, it sounds more professional and funnily enough actually gives you scope to brag about yourself without coming across as arrogant!
    Hi, this was interesting to read. I always use the word 'I' but would like to know how to go about referring to one's self in 3rd person. How did you do it on your CV?
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    (Original post by Liquid_Snake)
    Don't use the word ''I'' for starters - it is frequently used in homemade CV's.

    Always use the 3rd person when referring to yourself in your CV, it sounds more professional and funnily enough actually gives you scope to brag about yourself without coming across as arrogant!
    Is this true? Damn.
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    (Original post by 'James Hunt')
    Hi, this was interesting to read. I always use the word 'I' but would like to know how to go about referring to one's self in 3rd person. How did you do it on your CV?
    I'm no expert but I've found the market generally responds to referring to yourself in the 3rd person. It reads better too and when you're piece of paper is in front of an employer you really want to grab their attention and essentially give them no reason not to invite you for an interview. By using ''I'' you're signalling Me, Me, Me before you've even met them - annoying or what?.

    Your focus should be on the employer and what you can offer them - they are looking to fill a position so you have to satisfy their requirements. If you bear this in mind then you will be a lot closer to the interview room as opposed to the 'reject' pile.

    Re-arranging OP's initial text, for example, to something like the following;

    A highly motivated and capable person who is able to consistently meet goals and business objectives. Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills as well as the ability to work effectively on own initiative and within a team environment. Possesses a keen interest in sport etc etc etc

    Again, I'm no expert but try to convey what makes you unique in a concise manner and ensure it is relevant for the job you are applying for. Don't use the same thing over and over - tailor it to suit the requirements of the role. Above all contextualise don't just say you have a certain skill, put it in practice, qualify and quantify and reinforce the points so the reader can visualise you in the role.

    Let me know what you think and how you progress.
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    (Original post by Liquid_Snake)
    I'm no expert but I've found the market generally responds to referring to yourself in the 3rd person. It reads better too and when you're piece of paper is in front of an employer you really want to grab their attention and essentially give them no reason not to invite you for an interview. By using ''I'' you're signalling Me, Me, Me before you've even met them - annoying or what?.

    Your focus should be on the employer and what you can offer them - they are looking to fill a position so you have to satisfy their requirements. If you bear this in mind then you will be a lot closer to the interview room as opposed to the 'reject' pile.

    Re-arranging OP's initial text, for example, to something like the following;

    A highly motivated and capable person who is able to consistently meet goals and business objectives. Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills as well as the ability to work effectively on own initiative and within a team environment. Possesses a keen interest in sport etc etc etc

    Again, I'm no expert but try to convey what makes you unique in a concise manner and ensure it is relevant for the job you are applying for. Don't use the same thing over and over - tailor it to suit the requirements of the role. Above all contextualise don't just say you have a certain skill, put it in practice, qualify and quantify and reinforce the points so the reader can visualise you in the role.

    Let me know what you think and how you progress.
    Thanks for the info. It makes a lot of sense. My cousin is a recruiter and he also says that it's best to talk about yourself in third person as it communicates directly to the potential employer.
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    You use the first person in a CV but without the 'I'. So your verbs should be things like Led, Organised, Managed, Designed, Created, Presented if you are referring to activities that you did in the past, but do not do now. For things you currently do then its Lead, Organise, Manage, Design, Create, Present etc.
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    Lie.
    You are a legend.
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    Thanks for the help everyone. One more question, I have helped my dads friend in painting and decorating before, not official work experience, but my dads friend said I can use him as a reference anyway and he will make it seem like a proper job. The thing is, what skills should I say I learned from painting and decorating, as i cant think of anything other than "taking well to orders", which sounds pretty generic. Any suggestions?
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    (Original post by lmosco)
    Thanks for the help everyone. One more question, I have helped my dads friend in painting and decorating before, not official work experience, but my dads friend said I can use him as a reference anyway and he will make it seem like a proper job. The thing is, what skills should I say I learned from painting and decorating, as i cant think of anything other than "taking well to orders", which sounds pretty generic. Any suggestions?
    An ability to 'work well under pressure' should do it
 
 
 
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