Most of us check online for examples when we’re making our CVs after NSS. Although it’s true that you’ll find some good CV examples they might not exactly be the best fit for someone who has just finished NSS and has no working experience.
After NSS, the type of CV you want to make is one that focuses on skills instead of working experience (also called a functional CV). These are some tips from HR Expert Kwame Bene Smith’s video on writing a good functional CV.
How To Write A Functional CV
A functional CV starts with a CV summary. That summary should be a brief statement that highlights your most relevant qualifications. After that, you present a list of your skills and examples of situations in which you have used those skills.
An example of a skill that you might list on your functional CV after the summary of qualifications section is ‘Leadership.’ Then after listing leadership as a skill, you want to follow it up with some details about your accomplishments using that skill. For example, ‘I was in charge of coordinating stands during my hall’s hall week celebration while I was in school.’
When you’re writing a functional CV, you also want to use keywords: specific words or phrases that relate to the job description. Make sure that when you’re writing your skill descriptions you include keywords that were also used in the job advert.
Finally, place your work history at the bottom of your functional CV. That will be NSS, any internships that you did while you were in school, and part-time jobs (even if it was working for someone in your family!)
Be Sure To Add A Cover Letter
The final tip that we have from Kwame Bene Smith when it comes to using a functional CV is to write a cover letter. Writing a strong cover letter that emphasizes the skills and abilities that you have and also allows you to connect with your potential employer before they even read your CV.