How to write a CV for a summer job

CV stands for curriculum vitae, which is Latin for "the course of my life." Accordingly, a CV should detail skills you have developed that make you appropriate for a given job. These should not be merely academic or vocational qualifications. Even if a summer position is your job, you can still write an effective CV. Summer jobs are usually highly coveted among school-age applicants, so a well-written and polished CV can help you succeed in a crowded field.

Use the same font throughout the CV. You should never use more than one font in a CV. Similarly, all the writing should be in black ink, even if you wish to insert a hyperlink for any reason. The standard font to use is "Times New Roman." "Arial" or "Calibri" are also acceptable.

Write your name, and your contact details at the top of the page. This is the most important information, so you can place it in a slightly larger size than the rest of the information. Write your name on the first line, then your address on the second, your phone number on the third and your e-mail address on the fourth. If necessary, set up a more respectable-sounding e-mail address for the purposes of job-hunting.

Divide your CV into three separate subheadings: academic qualifications, vocational qualifications and other qualifications. Under each subheading, list bullet-points of your relevant experience, starting with the most recent and ending with the least recent. Academic qualifications should begin with your highest school qualification. You can include prizes won at school if they refer to academic achievement.

List your vocational qualifications. List your skills that directly relate to the job environment as well as volunteer work. Jobs, such as newspaper delivery or childcare, can be placed in this section along with the dates that you held these jobs. Again, list these in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top.

List your other qualifications in the final section. These should be items that do not count as academic or vocational qualifications, such as prizes won at school for public speaking, the fact that you started a student newspaper or even sports-related experiences. Although you can tailor this to the job which you are applying for, an employer will be interested to see that you are a well-rounded individual, so it is important to mention qualifications from all areas of your personality.

Format your CV, ensuring that it doesn't cover more than one page. If it spills onto two pages, you can either shrink the font, although not to more than size 12, or begin to edit down your CV. Consider what can be removed. Usually it is best to remove the oldest information beginning in your "other information" subheading. Ensure that all of the information is in black ink, and the same font.

Place your CV in an envelope, with a cover letter, if required. Make the letter out to the person in charge of recruitment, rather than the company name. In many circumstances, this will be the boss of the company. If the job is in the same town as you, it looks professional to hand deliver the envelope, but otherwise, mail delivery is fine.


If you do not hear back from a job application, then wait until one week after the application deadline has passed. Even if they are still processing the application, you can confirm that it has arrived, and it will make you seem professional and interested in the position.

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About the Author

Emile Heskey has been a professional writer since 2008, when he began writing for "The Journal" student newspaper. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in modern history and politics from Oxford University, as well as a Master of Science in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from Edinburgh University.

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