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    My boyfriend's writing his CV but left school before sitting exams, he wants to go back to college and study but in the meantime needs a job.

    He's worked a few years so that section's ok but there's a big blank under qualifications. What should he put there? Thank you!
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    Does he have nothing at all?

    I wouldn't lie whatever he does - that can only end badly but I understand writing nothing looks bad. Maybe leave the section out completely?
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    Well, you obviously don't include the heading with nothing underneath it... :erm:
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    ^ ^ Well duh :rolleyes:

    Just leave the section out completely, but make sure he includes a section that describes his best qualities, i.e. he is comfortable using his own initiative when working alone etc.
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    (Original post by misst911)
    My boyfriend's writing his CV but left school before sitting exams, he wants to go back to college and study but in the meantime needs a job.

    He's worked a few years so that section's ok but there's a big blank under qualifications. What should he put there? Thank you!
    Just write "No qualifications, skills or assets. Nothing useful about this person whatsoever."
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    (Original post by fudgemuffins)
    Just write "No qualifications, skills or assets. Nothing useful about this person whatsoever."
    Come on, that's not fair. Because you have no qualifications it doesn't mean you have no skills or assets, and it certainly doesn't mean you're not useful.

    I have piss poor GCSE grades. Am I useless? Some may think so, but I'm not, and i'm definitely not stupid.
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    Leave the section out and have a section describing his skills, backed up by experience, etc.

    For example, if he once led a team that boosted a company's turnover by 42% over a 6-month period, he could say that demonstrates his capacity for teamwork and leadership, as well as financial and mathematical aptitude.

    Practical skills can be a decent substitute for formal qualifications for some jobs, especially manual labour and entry-level retail.
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    (Original post by sabian92)
    Does he have nothing at all?

    I wouldn't lie whatever he does - that can only end badly but I understand writing nothing looks bad. Maybe leave the section out completely?
    No qualifications, I thought leave it out but putting something to say he wants to go back might look better?
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    (Original post by misst911)
    No qualifications, I thought leave it out but putting something to say he wants to go back might look better?
    People don't want to hire students, because they can't put in as many hours and are more likely to quit. I'd guess the same applies to future students too, so it might be best not to mention that he wants to go back.
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    He should do a skills based CV rather than using the more traditional format.
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    (Original post by dendodge)
    People don't want to hire students, because they can't put in as many hours and are more likely to quit. I'd guess the same applies to future students too, so it might be best not to mention that he wants to go back.
    Thank you hadn't really considered that.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    He should do a skills based CV rather than using the more traditional format.
    Very useful thank you
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    I would suggest still putting in the education section and putting the dates he went to school even though he didn't have any qualifications from it. Looks strange not including an education section at all. Then, make a skills based one focussing on things which are relevant for that job. Eg. teamwork, leadership etc..
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    I am a full time mother but looking for work got to do a cv but have no qualifications and I don't know what to put on it x
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    (Original post by misst911)
    My boyfriend's writing his CV but left school before sitting exams, he wants to go back to college and study but in the meantime needs a job.

    He's worked a few years so that section's ok but there's a big blank under qualifications. What should he put there? Thank you!
    To be honest I am more the opposite of this situation, so forgive me in advance if I am talking rubbish. From my limited experience I think he is looking more at a skills based CV?

    I have included an attachment of one example to give an idea of what I mean.

    (Hope it helps, but it may not. Like I said, I am more the traditional CV type).
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    I have included a traditional CV for a comparison.
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