Writing a CV as a student can be overwhelming — after all, it’s probably your first ever CV.

To get some inspiration, take a look at these 6 successful student CV examples.

Free student CV template

Copy and paste this blank fill-in CV template for students into your word processor (for example, Google Docs) or download it for Word. Then, replace the templated information with your own details as you go down the page:

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1. Student CV with no experience

Haven’t got any experience? Don’t worry — you can write a great CV anyway. Take a look at this no-experience student CV to see how to convince recruiting managers to consider your application:

A CV for a student without any work experiece that instead describes their skills, education, and hobbies and interests.
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2. University student CV (with work experience)

The candidate who wrote this CV example has some office-based work experience which they use to highlight their skills and achievements:

An example of a student CV with work experience.
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3. A-Level student CV

Here’s a CV sample written by a secondary school student who’s applying for a customer service job. Use this sample for ideas as you write your own CV.

A secondary school student CV example featuring a large education section and two extracurricular activity entries.
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4. Volunteer student CV

Here’s a good example of a CV for a university student. Although the applicant only has volunteering experience, their  modern CV layout and emphasis on their accomplishments show they’re ready to be a business analyst intern:

A CV for a student who has no work experience but who has volunteering experience.
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5. Student CV for a part-time job

This applicant is looking for a part-time job. To demonstrate that they’ve got the experience and skills to fit the role, they list their experience running a university society in the work experience section of their CV:

A black-and-white CV for a student part-time job with a prominent experience section that highlights experience relevant to the targeted job.
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More student CV examples & templates

Get inspired by looking at some more CV examples and templates. Here are some additional student-specific CVs:

If you’re writing your CV in Google Docs, check out our pick of Google Docs CV templates for creating an eye-catching yet professional job application.

How to write a good student CV

Here are four ways to write an excellent student CV that’ll boost your chances of finding work quickly.

1. Choose an appropriate student CV format

When putting together a student CV, it’s important to structure the sections so that you showcase your most relevant and impressive accomplishments at the top.

For most students who lack professional experience, this means beginning with a CV summary and then listing your education section, followed by skills and relevant experience. If your academic qualifications are directly related to the job you’re applying for, they’re even more important.

However, if you have some professional experience (including any internship experience), you should list that above your education section – particularly if it’s in the same industry or function as your target role.

To make it easier to structure and format your CV, you can download CV templates designed for the UK and fill them in with your own information.

2. Write a standout CV summary

A CV summary is a 3–5 sentence introduction that gives employers a quick overview of who you are and how you’re qualified for a role. It’s the first thing a hiring manager will see, so it needs to get their attention and immediately communicate why you’re a good fit for the position.

If you don’t have any work experience to mention, focus on your other accomplishments, whether they’re based on successes in your student societies, student union, or degree course.

You can use this opportunity to highlight your:

  • field of study
  • academic achievements (including high marks, academic awards, etc.)
  • skills that are directly relevant to your target job
  • relevant experience (professional, volunteer, personal projects, etc.)
  • interest and reason for applying

Here are some examples:

CV summary examples for students

CV profile for a student who's left school at 16

As a school leaver with Grade 8s in Maths, English, and ICT at GCSE, I’m eager to embark on a part-time data entry role while concurrently pursuing a BTEC in Information Technology. My strong academic performance, reflected in my grades, coupled with my analytical skills, showcases my dedication to excellence and readiness to contribute to your team’s success in the IT field.

CV personal statement for a student with A-Levels

As a recent A-Levels school leaver with top grades, including A* in Chemistry and A in Biology, I’m eager to begin my career as a barman. My academic achievements reflect my commitment to excellence, and I’m dedicated to providing outstanding service, creating a memorable atmosphere for patrons, and continually honing my skills in the hospitality industry.

CV personal statement for a student seeking a part-time job

Currently pursuing a BA in English, I’m keen to bring my communication and attention-to-detail skills to a part-time cashier role at Co-op Food. My academic experience has developed my ability to handle information accurately, making me an asset for efficient and customer-focused service while maintaining my academic commitments.

CV summary for a student who's graduating

As a recent graduate with a 2:1 in Journalism from the University of Middlesex and former President of the Creative Writing Society, I’m enthusiastic about applying my strong writing, leadership, and creative skills to a junior journalist role at BuzzFeed UK. I’m eager to contribute my fresh perspective and dedication to delivering engaging content to a wider audience.

3. Showcase your relevant skills

Employers will want to know what skills you can offer. To highlight what you can do, list your skills on your CV in a dedicated section.

As a student, you might not have much work experience. But you can still impress employers by including transferable skills from other areas of your life, such as your:

Here’s an example of how to showcase skills on a CV:

  • Business analytics
  • Digital marketing campaigns
  • Drafting and editing copy
  • Oral and written communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Teamwork

4. Display your academic background

Complete your CV with a detailed education section. Your grades are the main thing employers will look for if you don’t have work experience yet, so highlight your achievements and marks.

When you’re describing your university degree on your CV, include the:

  • university name and location (town/city)
  • dates (if still studying, state your expected graduation date)
  • degree title and classification (e.g., 2:1)
  • relevant modules (classes that are directly relevant to the position you’re applying for)

This example shows you how to list a bachelor’s or master’s degree on a student CV. This candidate is applying for a market research position (note the relevant modules they choose to highlight):

University of the West of England, Bristol (expected graduation: May 20xx)
BSc (Hons) Business Management

Relevant Modules: Research Methods for Business, Market Analysis for Private Investors, Introductory Research Project

For your secondary education, list your:

  • secondary school or sixth form name
  • dates attended
  • GCSE grades 9 to 4 (or A*–C before 2017)
  • A-Level grades

For your GCSEs, mention whether you’ve got grades 4 or better (a C before 2017) in English, Maths, and ICT to prove you’ve got basic literacy, numeracy, and computer skills.

However, when you list your A-Levels, include any that are relevant to the job you’re seeking. Follow this example when you list your secondary education on your CV:

Peterborough Science Academy & Sixth Form Centre (20xx–20xx)
A-Levels: English Literature (A), Politics & Government (A), History (B)
GCSEs: 10 9–4 including Maths, English, & ICT

5. Highlight your relevant experience

Even if you don’t have any professional work experience on your CV, create a Relevant Experience section that describes your:

For each experience you list, include the:

  • company/organisation name
  • position title
  • dates
  • 2–4 bullets starting with action verbs and describing how you used your skills to get results

Here’s a volunteer experience example on a student CV:

Volunteer, January 20xx–June 20xx

  • Drafted and published copy for charity shop’s advertisements placed in the local newspaper
  • Created 3 separate donor questionnaires aimed at gauging interest in various projects seeking to cut child homelessness
  • Updated charity shop’s in-store layout based on market research, increasing foot traffic by 15% and revenue by 4.7% (£30,000 annually)

Done writing your CV? Don’t forget you’ll need to write a cover letter too. Recruiting managers expect to see these two documents together to get more context as to why you’re applying. If you’re pushed for time, use a cover letter builder.

Frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about writing a CV for a student:

1. Is it bad if you don’t have any experience on a CV?

No, it’s not bad if you don’t have any experience on a CV. Employers understand that students will have little formal work experience.

Aside from formal work experience, you can mention skills you gained at school or in university as well as from voluntary experience and extracurricular activities.

2. How do you say you’re willing to learn on a CV?

To say you’re willing to learn on a CV, use words like ‘curious’, ‘ambitious’, and ‘eager to learn’ to describe yourself in your CV personal statement. Words like this will make it clear to employers that you’re looking forward to learning on the job.

You can also show some proof of your willingness to learn. For example, add any qualifications you’ve got that show you’ve learnt something new outside of your primary job or studies. For example, if you studied German at university but took a drawing class in your free time, it might be worth mentioning your drawing class to showcase your willingness to learn.

be worth mentioning your drawing class to showcase your willingness to learn.

3. How do I write a student CV with no experience?

Even if you don’t have formal work experience, there’s plenty of information you can provide employers to show that you’re a well-suited candidate.

Here’s what you can put on a CV as a student without experience:

  • a compelling CV summary
  • academic accomplishments
  • relevant coursework
  • extracurricular activities and club memberships
  • volunteering
  • personal projects
  • relevant skills
  • hobbies and interests

Don’t get discouraged by not having a job to list on your CV – employers are expecting this. Instead, focus on showing them how your unique experiences and education have prepared you for the role they’re hiring for.

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Corissa is a Career Counsellor and CV Expert at CV Genius, where she loves equipping others with the tools they need to pursue their dreams. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Philosophy and a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer with the PARWCC.