How to Write a CV for GCSE Students

Students in the United Kingdom do their GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations at about 16 years of age. Choosing the right subjects to study at GCSE can help shape future college and career choices, and students often need guidance from teachers and careers advisers. This is also the time to begin mastering the art of presenting an excellent CV.

Decide the purpose of the CV. It is better to direct the CV to the particular person or institution to which you are sending it. Prospective employers do not appreciate a blanket approach. At this stage the CV may be for 6th Form College, a part-time job, or even in preparation for university.

Write down details of school and any achievements in rough form. Think about the format of your CV. It is conventional to begin by giving personal details such as name, address and date of birth. Make sure you include accurate contact details. Read the requirements of the prospective employer or educational institution carefully. Use a good quality of paper, and word process your CV. Do not make your CV either too long or too short. About 2 pages should suffice, so you must think about the best way to summarise important points.

Include appropriate headings. Use bullet points to make the CV easy to read. Present employment or educational history in reverse chronological order, that is starting with the most recent. Make sure you include any achievements, particularly any that demonstrate your ability to use your initiative, or work in a team. Include any voluntary work. Additionally, add the contact details of at least two people that are willing to give you a character reference. These may be teachers, people you have done voluntary work with or people you have worked for. Always read your CV carefully, correcting any errors before sending it off. Also ask a parent or teacher to check your CV.

Tip

Include relevant information that indicates you have read the requirement of the prospective employer or institution.

Warning

Avoid jargon and clich├ęs.

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Things Needed

  • Permission of referees

About the Author

Noreen Wainwright has been writing since 1997. Her work has appeared in "The Daily Telegraph," "The Guardian," "The Countryman" and "The Lady." She has a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from Liverpool Polytechnic and a postgraduate law degree from Staffordshire University.

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