Updated: Apr 22
The team here at Futures created some useful career advise for a Cover Letter and Sample CV for Students attending the Career day.
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So you want to get into the working world? Whether you want a full time job or a part time job whilst studying, we have put together some information that we believe will help you in your job hunt.
First, you need to find what sort of industry you would like to go into. Once you have decided this, consider what sort of job you would like to do within this sector. A lot of employers would like you to have experience in the field you want to go in to, so try to find easy start out jobs, such as working in a restaurant or on a newspaper round to start bulking up your CV. To find these opportunities, try looking online at websites such as Indeed or Reed. You could also find a job through word of mouth or even looking at job adverts in the newspaper.
Found a job you want to apply for? Great, time to write up a cover letter! This should be a brief and polite letter to the employer explaining why you want the job, why you would be good at the job and why they should hire you. Remember to include plenty of direct references to the specific job that you are applying to and give evidence as to why they should hire you.
You also need to write up your CV. If you turn this page over, you will find the details and information that we recommend putting on your CV to make sure you come across as professional and hire-able. Try to keep your resume to one page if possible and don’t include any information isn’t relevant to your application.
Close the cover letter with a polite ‘Looking forward to hearing from you’ or ‘Thank you for your time’ and follow it up with ‘Yours sincerely’ and your name. You want to give the employer a reason to hire you, so be formal in your tone and shine the best light possible on yourself.
Now you have all the information you need to get yourself job application ready, it’s time to go out there and do it! If you do need any further information or help then please feel free to call up Futures as we would be more than happy to give advice to help you on your way.
The Futures Team
52 South Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1DS, United Kingdom
Most resumes begin with a personal statement about you so in this section briefly describe your strengths and how these can be utilized in the work place. Also, you can write about your potential aims for the future.
If you have work experience then this can be a real positive for any potential employers. If you don’t have any experience then possibly try to look for potential part-time employment on the weekend in-between your studies so that you have work experience to put on your CV. If you do have work experience, then you should write here where you worked, which role you worked and the duties you had whilst here.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
In this section you should write about any GSCE’S and A Levels you have achieved. We recommend that you focus strongly on your Maths, English and Science GSCE'S and A levels as many employers will look for these when they are browsing your CV. If you have the time, consider looking up online courses that might make your CV stand out from other CV’s. For example, if you want to go into catering and kitchen work, you could complete the online Level 1 Food Safety Awareness course. This course costs £15.00, but will show that you are willing to put the extra effort in to get the job!
SKILLS AND INTERESTS
Try writing about your hobbies and strengths, but tie this into how this would help you excel in the work place for example ‘I do dance classes on the weekend which has taught me a lot about focus and discipline.’
This section is optional and we recommend only including this if there is anything else you want to include that you haven’t been able to include in other sections. Here you can include details such as if you are currently learning to pass your driving test or studying a particular language.
Potential employers will occasionally ask for a reference. This will be any managers/bosses you have had who are happy for you to put their contact details on your CV to give a testimonial as to how you were to work with and get feedback on their experience with you. If you don’t have any past employers you can always ask your lecturers/teachers if they would be willing to be your reference.