Submitted by Zenix on
BLUF: I'm 20, halfway through year 1 of a maths Degree at the University of Nottingham and applying for Finance and related work experience/internships.
I feel my CV is pretty good, it's on 1 page and I have some significant and relevant work experience already.
However, I also know I am very inexperienced at this point in my career so if you can offer insight, especially if you have experience in reviewing and/or recruiting students, it would be much appreciated.
If you want to have a look, the word document (personal information retracted) is here http://www.filedropper.com/cvforuploadformt_1
Generally, I would like advice on the following points:
Education: I've been at University for just one term, I don't have any significant marks yet so I don't feel it's substantial enough to be represented in job form. As a result I have 4 lines, 1 each for my degree and the 3 preceeding sets of examinations (A levels etc). I feel that it displays, clearly and effectively, my history of excellent academic results in lieu of my as yet unknown university marks. However, I'm not sure if a recruiter would look at it the same way, or if it's an effective use of lines.
Extra Curriculars: MT advice is to leave hobbies etc. out. Most of the advice I've been given from events with recruiters and company websites is to have a brief section on it. I feel the 4 lines I have (Chess, Rugby, Tae Kwon Do and societies) are reasonably relevant and imply certain desirable traits, and I don't have a lot of other material to put in the space instead. Should I leave it in?
Splitting up employment and volunteering/other experience into separate chronological sections: I prefer it this way because it means that my serious employment, especially my employment in the financial industry is concentrated together, in the top half of my CV. I feel that having a CV that simply read something like:
Finance Society Equity Fund
Other Society Committee
Full Time Job
doesn't have the same sort of impact as:
Finance Society Fund
Full Time Job
But I don't really know if that's how a student recruiter would see it, so any insight you can offer would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Resumes (CV) for New Graduates
Perhaps you missed the cast: http://www.manager-tools.com/2010/10/resumes-graduates
There is excellent counsel on resumes for new graduates that, I believe, would also apply to those still doing their studies. Further, begin a career management document as your studies continue.
Thanks for the advice, I
Thanks for the advice,
I had forgotten there was a specific cast on it. I've been keeping a CMD since I discovered Manager Tools a Year Ago.
I still would like some guidance on splitting my experience into 2 separate sections.
The guidance is to have it all in one chronological list but I feel that, since there's 2 quite different types of experience I've had, employment/internships and the various voluntary/society based positions, it makes a better impact having them separated. Manager Tools is for 90% of the people 90% of the time, I'm trying to figure out whether my situation is one that warrants a departure from the guidance.