Writing a CV when you lack work experience

Jul 4, 2016 | Blog

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Early on in your career, it can be difficult to write one of those impressive, stand-out-from-the-crowd CVs. If you haven’t worked for very long, then you won’t have much to write about, right?

Many despair, but if you find yourself in this situation, there is hope. There are some useful tips and tricks to improve your CV without resorting to that sometimes tempting practice of lying. Contract Accountants has some advice on the subject.

Tailor your CV for the role

This is good advice for anyone writing a CV, however, when yours is lacking, it matters even more. If you tailor your CV to the specific role you’re going for, it will allow you to write more than the bare bones of what you’ve done. Not only that, relating your skills and abilities to the requirements of the job will make your CV far more relevant and you will be more likely to get selected.

Go back further

Many people tend to focus on the more recent information. However, it is perfectly acceptable to go further back, even to your college or university days and cite relevant examples from then. As long as they are examples that make sense in the context of the role, they will help your application.

Consider a different layout

Some CV templates can showcase a lack of content more than others. Experiment with different layouts until you find one that presents your CV as you’d like it to look.

While altering a template is fine, don’t make the mistake of inserting spaces all over the page or increasing your font size. It’s not subtle and your prospective employer will see it a mile off.

Expand on your school and extra curricular achievements

As you get more work experience, these areas of your CV will shrink. Until you get there, though, make the most of what you’ve achieved outside of the working world. Have you ever belonged to any clubs or societies? Do you have any hobbies or interests? It’s all good stuff to mention on a CV.

So don’t despair if you think you haven’t got enough to write on your CV. You’ll be surprised at what you can add that will bring value to a job application.

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