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Would you do this via standard letter form, as she has got a cv, including your interests etc,etc
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banned7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
Would you do this via standard letter form, as she has got a cv, including your interests etc,etc
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banned7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
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#1
My daughter could not get a job until she had her NI number but she used a full CV with Teachers as references...good luck
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gr8h8me
My daughter could not get a job until she had her NI number but she used a full CV with Teachers as references...good luck


she has a NI number as she has just turned 16
#3
yes, include hobbies,interests, even any odd joobs she may have done/had

teachers can be good refs
#4
I would do the cv with cover sheet thing....put all experience/qualifications/references in the CV and use the cover note to outline the hobbies etc :)
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lil_tiger
I would do the cv with cover sheet thing....put all experience/qualifications/references in the CV and use the cover note to outline the hobbies etc :)


well apart from a saturday job and 1 GCSE the CV is going to look rather empty
#6
Focus a lot more on personal qualities and experinces (things such as residentials etc whilst at school) and also all the after school stuff they do. No employer isexpecting to see a 16 year old with loads of quals. I do a lo of CV writing with 16-19 year olds and half the battle is getting them to think about the experiences they have had and whatthey are good at. If a young person has no hobbies then that would concern me more as a potential employer as I think it appears rather lazy.
#7
i was always told not to over do a cv anyway, keep it simple
#8
sassie
well apart from a saturday job and 1 GCSE the CV is going to look rather empty


ahh good point...although I would guess nobody would expect a person of school age to have much working experience...I just meant that the CV is usually the professional doc with other info in the cover note.....as stewbie said I gouss it wouldnt look out of place if you could put the hobbies and interests into the CV so long as they relate to the job or show some form of logic regarding why they would interest someone looking to employ the person...ie...I like playing netball doesnt really have a point....whereas expanding it to talk about teamwork and pressure etc would have more weight

do you get what I mean...im not in a very good explanation mode at the moment...:?
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lil_tiger
ahh good point...although I would guess nobody would expect a person of school age to have much working experience...I just meant that the CV is usually the professional doc with other info in the cover note.....as stewbie said I gouss it wouldnt look out of place if you could put the hobbies and interests into the CV so long as they relate to the job or show some form of logic regarding why they would interest someone looking to employ the person...ie...I like playing netball doesnt really have a point....whereas expanding it to talk about teamwork and pressure etc would have more weight

do you get what I mean...im not in a very good explanation mode at the moment...:?


Exactly. How does an employer distinguish between all the other 16 year olds looking for part time work? They can't look at quals so need to look at other things. The CVs is get my kids to do have the following layout:

Name
Address
Telephone number
Email (make sure it is a sensible one, I once had to spend 30 mins explaing why [email protected]">[email protected] was not suitaable)
Date of birth

Personal profile ( a few sentences about personal qualities etc)

Education and qualifications (in reverse chronological order ie most recent first)

Work experience (including any voluntary stuff, school work experience, paper rounds etc. again start with most recent and work back)

Further information (any quals done outside of school such as first aid, food hygience, CBT, sports leader awards etc)

Hobbies and interests (explain what skills are involved not just 'I play football' should be 'I am captain of my local under 16 football team which involves me having to oragnise and lead others')

References (one from a teacher, one character reference from somebody who has known them for a long while)


This is not necessarily the format I would use for an adult but it certainly gives more info abou a 16 year old than a traditional CV does. Only other advice is keep it to 2 sides of A4, never longer. USe bullet points etc to improve layout but keep to one consistent font. Accompany this with a short covering letter outling the job being applied for and why (the amount of letters I see that say I want this job cos my mum says I have got to start paying my way is amazing)
banned#10
thanks for your advice guys xx

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