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How can I write a good CV/Resume to get into a summer internship? Do you have any templates or suggestions?
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There’s loads of templates on line. Go for a modern and concise look to summarise your achievements and aspirations. The National Careers Service (take a look on line) will help you if you need it, or you could try Job Centre Plus too
Original post by idils
How can I write a good CV/Resume to get into a summer internship? Do you have any templates or suggestions?


Don't use a fancy template, they just tell an employer you are hiding lack of content in flash presentation. Just use a Word doc, plain text, no pictures or flourishes. Have 3 sections covering Education, Experience and Interests. Use bullet points that begin with a relevant verb and the rest of the bullet point gives scale and scope to what you did.

Tailor each CV to each specific role. Jobs are different, even the same job title with different companies, and competition is high. Even getting one bullet point that seems more relevant than another application can give you the edge. Use the language of the job advert as a guide.

Always write a covering letter to accompany the CV, even if it isn't asked for. The CV is the evidence part of the application, the covering letter is the persuasive element. They should be considered inseparable parts of the whole.
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Original post by threeportdrift
Don't use a fancy template, they just tell an employer you are hiding lack of content in flash presentation. Just use a Word doc, plain text, no pictures or flourishes. Have 3 sections covering Education, Experience and Interests. Use bullet points that begin with a relevant verb and the rest of the bullet point gives scale and scope to what you did.

Tailor each CV to each specific role. Jobs are different, even the same job title with different companies, and competition is high. Even getting one bullet point that seems more relevant than another application can give you the edge. Use the language of the job advert as a guide.

Always write a covering letter to accompany the CV, even if it isn't asked for. The CV is the evidence part of the application, the covering letter is the persuasive element. They should be considered inseparable parts of the whole.

This is super useful advice! by tailoring the CV to each role, should we also change the experiences for each? I read that the tasks included in the bullet points can change too. Is this a good idea? Thanks!
Original post by jwt2002
This is super useful advice! by tailoring the CV to each role, should we also change the experiences for each? I read that the tasks included in the bullet points can change too. Is this a good idea? Thanks!


You don't have to change the whole experience, you might not have dozens to choose from! However, you can completely change the characterisation.

For example, if you helped out at a care home, and you are applying to another care home, then you would mention all the same parts of the job that the new job needs, and that might be about talking to people, taking time with people, entertaining, serving food, cleaning up, tidying away etc. If you were also applying to a cafe for a waiting role, you'd mention the care home experience, but drop the care aspects and highlight the food service, cleaning, tidying, responding to dietary requirements, food hygiene etc.

So same event, but different aspects drawn from it.

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