During your time at university, you might find yourself in need of a part-time job. This could be to help you earn some extra money or it could even be a way of securing some work experience before you graduate.
Whatever the case may be, finding a part-time role that fits nicely around your studies is key and the best way to do this is by putting together a strong application. That’s why we’ve created this guide to talk you through the six steps of writing a killer CV that can help you to land that part-time role.
Choose the right structure
First and foremost, you need to choose the right structure for your CV and make sure you format it properly. For a part-time role you can use a fairly standard structure which goes as follows:
- Contact details
- Personal profile
- Key skills
- Work experience
- Hobbies and interests - optional
Be sure to use sub-headings to break these sections up and bullet points where appropriate to make the information easier to digest. You also need to make sure that you keep your CV to a maximum of two A4 pages but if you can keep it to one that’s even better!
Perfect your part-time CV profile
After your contact details comes your personal profile, this is your chance to introduce yourself and should be just a few short, snappy sentences about who you are. Here you can explain why you'e looking for a part-time role and explain that you're studying for your degree. You can also outline some of your past experience and your key skills. Just make sure these are relevant to the roles you're applying for.
List your key transferable skills
Next up is your key skills section and this is your chance to shout about the transferable skills you can bring to the role. If you’re applying to a position that is relevant to your degree and career path, you might have some hard skills to shout about too. That said, if your part-time job is completely unrelated, make sure to highlight the soft skills you have, for example, communication, organisation and problem-solving.
Include any previous work experience
At this stage in your life, you may have had a job before, but then again you may not. If you’ve got previous experience whether that was a previous part-time position, a gap year job or even some volunteer work, be sure to add this to your CV. Again, you can use this section to discuss the transferable skills you learnt from previous positions.
Add your education
The next section is your education and this should be written in reverse chronological order starting with your most recent studies. In this case, you're going to want to list the degree you're studying at the top. Then, as you list the dates you attended you can simply put ‘2020 - present’ to show you're still studying. Be sure to include a list of all your qualifications and give the grades you achieved as well.
Decide whether to include a hobbies and interests section
Last but not least, you need to decide whether you want to include a hobbies and interests section. This is optional as it can often take up valuable space on your CV. That said, if your hobbies are specifically related to the role you're applying for or you don’t have any previous experience, this section can be another way of highlighting your transferable skills.
Examples of impressive hobbies
that showcase your skills could be taking part in sports teams, blogging, coaching young children or learning new languages. And there you have it! Landing a part-time role while you'e studying at uni doesn't have to be hard work. By following our simple steps above, you can create a strong CV that will you a role in no time.
Andrew Fennell is the founder of CV writing advice website StandOut CV—he is a former recruitment consultant and contributes careers advice to publications like Business Insider, The Guardian, and The Independent.
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