How To Compile A CV When You're A Student

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Whether you're looking for a job fresh out of high school or while you're studying at university or a college, a good CV is the key to securing the job you want. But what do you put on your CV when you don't have much work experience? 


The job you're applying for might be your very first one, or at least one the first few jobs you'll have as you step into the working world. 

When applying for a job, a CV is the most important document that you will need, so it's important that you know how to create one that stands out. 

It might seem strange and confusing trying to figure what should go on your CV as a young person with little to no job experience, but here is a guide on how to compile yours. 

A CV is necessary when a potential employer is considering hiring you for an open position. It's a document which contains information regarding your education, skills, achievements and experience. 

If you've recently matriculated from high school or are planning on working while you study, then you will not be expected to have a detailed description of your employment history, but other information will be key. 

When you create your CV, keep it simple and straight to the point. A long CV might lead to the employer losing interest half way through reading it.

Your CV should include the following sections:

Personal Details

You don't need to give too much away here like your ID number, address, date of birth or marital status. Instead just provide your name, surname, contact details and a short personal statement.

Your personal statement should stand out a bit, so avoid the clichés and give them something unique about you. 


This includes information about your University/College qualification (if you have any or what you are currently pursuing) and then your high school information. In this section, include the years you have completed your qualifications and your matric.

eg.   University/College - Year

      - Modules/subjects

      - Qualification

      High School - Year

      - Matric (type of matric pass)

      - list subjects if you want to


If you have no experience, you can add job shadowing, volunteering, activities you did in high school or that you are currently doing in University/college or anything you feel could convince your employer to hire you.

Maybe you tutor kids on the side, or volunteer at a hospital or shelter; anything that is worth mentioning should be added to your CV. 


Here, you can list all the skills you have. Maybe you are clued up in digital literacy, or you have good communication skills and interact well with others; this is your time to show what you're good at.

This is important so make sure you list all the skills you are proficient in, because it will generate an employer's interest in you. 


List the languages you are fluent in. Depending on the type of job you are applying for, this could be very important to your employer.

Hobbies & Interests

List things that you love doing here. You might have a common interest or hobby with the person reading your CV.  

Maybe you enjoy doing art in your free time, or finding new books to spend your time reading. Here is where you can get a bit personal. 

In the cover letter, give the employer a glimpse of your personality by expressing a bit more about yourself, and also let them know why you think you are suited for the job.

Use a CV design that is simple and easy to read, because the recruiter goes through many CVs. If you have a simple one, it boosts your chances of being chosen for an interview.



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Post-Matric Options


After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a multitude of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

These options range from pursuing higher education at universities or colleges, entering vocational training programs, joining the workforce, or even considering entrepreneurial ventures, each offering unique opportunities for personal and professional growth.

You've probably been contemplating the next chapter of your life all throughout the year asking yourself, 'what am I going to study after I finish completing my matric certificate exams?', 'am I going to study? What else can I do when I pass'? Well, we can help.


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