How to write a CV with no experience [kick start your career]

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to teach how to write CV when you've got

little or no experience so maybe you're

a graduate or a school leaver and you've

never had a proper job before I'm gonna

teach you how you can still create an

effective CV that's going to get you the

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going to cover how to write a CV when

you have no experience so this is a big

challenge for a lot of young people

especially when you're applying for jobs

and a lot of the adverts are saying that

you need experience and you need certain

skills you know how do you actually go

about showing people you have these

skills when you have no work experience

it is challenging but it's not

impossible you just need to be a bit

creative in where you pull the skills

out from and then how you show them to

people so throughout this guide what I'm

gonna cover is you know what is a CV

first of all so you know what is it and

and what's its purpose more importantly

and then who reads your CV so some porn

that you understand who's reading your

CV and when you apply for jobs so that

you can sort of tailor it to their needs

CV form and structure so before you

start putting any content into the CV

it's important that it looks good and

it's also easy for people to read and

that's all down to form and structure a

CV profile which is the introductory

paragraph at the top we're going to look

at how you can write one of those to

help attract people and grab people's

attention when you first open up the CV

and then core skills and achievements

your education section and your hobbies

and interests and how you can pull

skills out of those areas that are going

to be relevant to the job you're

applying for so what is a CV well

essentially a CV is a document that you

writes that contains a lot of

work-related information about yourself

and you use it whenever you apply for a

job now the best way to think about it

is if it's like you're marketing

material for your services as an

employee so like a leaflet or a brochure

for your services so it needs to sell

you it needs to tell people you've got

the right skills and knowledge to do the

jobs that they're looking for and it

needs to win you interviews that's its

ultimate aim

we read your CV so once you've written

your CV and you start sending it off to

apply for jobs who are the people that

actually read the CV and decide whether

or not you get an interview so there are

two types of people the first type of

people are hiring managers so these are

the people that work within the

organizations that you're applying to

who actually need to start within their

team or area so for example if you apply

for a sales assistant job within a shop

it might be the shop manager so it's the

person that you ultimately end up

working for and then you also have

recruiters so recruiters are sort of

like middlemen within the Employment

game they are hired specifically to find

candidates to send through to hire

managers so they sort of screen the

Seavey's have a quick chat with you and

then they'll pop your CV through to the

hiring manager you know if they think

you're a good fit so those are the two

people you need to be concerned about

when you're writing your CV the most

important things to know about them are

one they're on very busy people and two

they see lots and lots of CV so you know

a recruiter for example might see a

hundred CVS every day so it's important

to know that because you need to adapt

your CV to make it easy for them to read

and so that it stands out amongst all

the other candidates who are also

applying for the same jobs as you how to

format and structure your CV so before

we start adding any content to the CV

what we need to do is make sure it looks

nice and professional and it's a nice

and easy read so recruiters and hiring

managers can quickly whisper it and then

pick out the information they want so

the first thing you need to do is write

it in a very simple font something like

Arial or Tahoma if you're using

Microsoft Word don't try to be over a

labra and use a fancy font because often

they'll be difficult to read so you just

want to make sure it's nice and clear

then stick to a simple color scheme

black text on white backgrounds tends to

work best you can add a little bit of

color if you want but don't go crazy and

make the CV look unprofessional and a

bit garish no photos or images so a

photo of yourself or any kind of imagery

or logos are just not necessary for a CV

all you need to do is convince people

that you have the right skills and

knowledge for their jobs so there's no

need for any photos or images clearly

divide your sections for out the CV so

every section should

nice bold heading and perhaps a border

as well so that people can easily

navigate the page and they know where

they're looking at break the text up so

again to make it easy to read and ensure

that people can digest the information

on the page you need to make sure the

text is nicely broken up with short

paragraphs and lots of bullet points and

lastly to keep it to one page now this

shouldn't be difficult if you have no

experience but the reason behind this is

really because you know busy recruiters

and hiring managers don't have time to

read you know three four or five page

long CVS so keep it nice and concise so

they can read it quickly now I should

just quickly mention that if you want to

see this CV template in a bit more

detail head over to this page here on

the standard CV website I'll put that

link in the description below this video

but it has a lot more detail around this

CV and it also has on the site we have a

school levy CV example we have a

graduate CV example and CV examples from

lots of different industries that you

might find helpful so once you've got a

nice professional-looking and easy to

read format for the CV you then need to

structure it in a way that is logical

for readers so that they're getting the

right information in the right order so

start off with your name and contact

details at the very top of the CV the

reason they're at the top is because you

don't want recruiters to miss your

contact details there's no point having

a really good CV and hiding your

telephone number down the bottom so make

them nice and clear at the top just

include your location your telephone

number and your email address because

that's all you need you don't need to

include things like date of birth and

full address because they're not needed

at this stage of the application and

they'll just waste space then add a

personal profile so this is an

introductory paragraph that just

summarizes your offerings

you know tells people a little bit about

your your skills and background and what

you can bring to the role this idea is

to kind of attracts people hook their

attention and get them to dedicate some

more time to reading the rest of your CV

then add a core skills and achievements

section so this is just a bullet pointed

section they'll highlight some of your

really important skills for the job

you're applying for and some things

you've achieved both in and out of

school they're going to look impressive

and get people's attention then you want

to list your education detailing you

know the schools you've been to the

grades you've got whether it's GCSE

a-levels or whatever it might be

and then you know if you don't have much

experience what's really good is to add

a really good hobbies and interests

section because you know there's lots of

things probably within your hobbies that

you can draw out lots of skills lots of

achievements or some knowledge that are

actually going to be relevant and you

can transfer them into into the

workplace in the future so let's start

by looking at the first proper content

of the CV which is the professional

profile so the profile is an

introductory paragraph that sits at the

very top of the CV and its aim is to

hook recruits attention when they first

open up the CV you know tell me a bit

about you and ensure they stick around

to read the rest of the CV so what you

want to do here is just give a nice

overview of you know why you're suitable

for the roles they're looking for in a

nice quick few lines so they then read

the rest of the CV so the type of

content you need to include within the

profile are things like your education

so your education is obviously very

important as somebody who has no

experience because that's where the bulk

of your skills and knowledge are going

to come from so you need to talk about

you know the level of education you've

had so whether it's college or school

the type of exams you've done the sort

of results you've got the sort of

subjects you've studied in to give

people a nice idea of your educational

background you also need to talk about

your objective so for example this CV

this person is trying to get into the

finance industry so they talk a bit

about you know why they want against

that industry and more importantly why

they think they'd be good at it relevant

skills so obviously that's another thing

that's very important so this person is

talking about their mathematics skills

you know they're and their numeracy and

things like that because they're gonna

be important to finance roles so you

need to find out what skills are

important to the roles you're applying

for and then try and get some of those

skills into the profile your soft skills

so soft skills are things that are less

tangible so things like communication

teamwork so you know not specific to a

particular role but they're still

important in the workplace so you need

to talk about those you know you can get

those from things you've done in school

things you've done outside of school

hobbies etc so you know if you play

sports that you know that would mean

that you've got a good teamwork


achievements so you know anything you've

achieved particularly in school so

whether it's high grades within a

particular subjects or it's being part

of a club you know anything that

especially if it's relevant to the role

you're applying for try and get those

sorts of things in there once you've

written your CV profile you need to add

a core skills and achievement section so

what this section is is a very simple

bullet-pointed list of skills that are

relevant to the roles you're applying

for but also just some sort of Germany

impressive achievements so again this is

a very simple section but the effect it

has is because there's such short sharp

points it's very very hard for someone

to miss those points when they open up

the CV so just make sure that the most

important things get noticed by the

recruiters who are reading your CV so

for example this person is applying for

finance roles so they if you know

they're going to the fact that they

could amass but they've also got some

sort of generally impressive things and

there as well so you know their GCSE

grades the fact there are volunteer the

fab a pond the science award before at

school and those are just going to help

people notice those achievements and

those skills then we come to your

education section so obviously the idea

here is to give employers a good idea of

your education so what you've done in

school and what you've achieved so the

sort of things you need to include here

are you know the schools or colleges

you've attended and the dates and the

subjects you studied in the grades you

achieved so you know if you did GCSEs or

a-levels you know get them in there and

and talk about the grades you achieved

and also you know you can also add

details around modules and projects so

if you're for example applying to

science-based roles and you did some

really in-depth science work you can

talk about that a bit more to show a bit

more of your knowledge and expertise in

that area you don't need to do that but

it's it's just nice to do a few if

you've got a specific area you're going

for and you've got more detail you can

talk about and also your extracurricular

activities so employers love to see

people who are proactive who go out

there and do things and achieving so

you've been member of a sports team or

if you've led an after-school Club or

been a prefect or something like that

you know that just shows employers that

you're willing to go the extra mile and

makes you look like a better chance of

being a good candidate so the last

section you need to include in your CV

is your hobbies and interests so hobbies

and interests give you

a good opportunity to talk about some of

the skills and knowledge that you've

picked up outside of school so you know

things that you wouldn't have been able

to talk about from you know simply your

education alone

so some really good things to include

our sports pursuits so you know if you

play for a team or you play an

individual sport that's a great way of

showing how motivated and dedicated you

can be and also there's a whole host of

skills that come within that as well so

things like teamwork communication and

that kind of thing then you've got other

clubs as well so perhaps you might be a

Scouts or you take part in a Chess Club

you know again just shows how dedicated

you are and again there are lots of

skills that you can talk about the

relate to you know things in the work

place then you've got volunteering so if

you perhaps volunteer for a charity or

something like that you know again it

shows you a good character and you're

motivated you go out there and do things

but it also there's a whole host of

skills again that come with volunteering

so you know dealing with the public

perhaps dealing with transactions you

know again all things that can be

closely related to various jobs and then

you've got work related hobbies so this

could be something like if you are

applying for IT roles and you like to

make websites in your spare time

and obviously that's a great way to show

you have lots of relevant skills so just

think about your hobbies and interests

of things you do outside of school and

how you can tie them into the jobs

you're applying for

now if you're thinking about writing

your CV and you're just thinking to

yourself well I just don't really have

enough to go in there then you know

that's that's very common for

inexperienced people so there are a

couple of things you can do to improve

your CV you know before you've even got


so the first thing is to get some

volunteer work now obviously nobody

likes to work for free but if you can

approach some local businesses or

charities or even your old schools or

college and you know just offer your

services free most people will jump at

the chance to get the extra help you'll

get lots of experience and you'll be

able to add it to your you know to your

CV to show some more skills that you

have the second thing you can do is do a

vocational course so if you're applying

for finance roles for example you could

take an accounting course you know and

even you don't have to have completed it

when you've started it you can put that

on your CV straight away and say look

I'm studying for this and it just shows

that you're more dedicated to that role

and it shows you've got more of the

skills that they need so those are the

two things you can do to improve your CV

straightaway so that brings me to the

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