Young persons CV for theatre experience

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 - cover letter, CV Template, Job Application


Emily asks: I’m applying for work experience at a theatre and I need a CV. But since I’m only 14 I don’t have much to write, and all I can think of is what GCSEs I’m taking and a few little bits of drama I’ve done along the way. I have no idea how to set it out. Can you help – a template would be great.

In answer:

This is often a problem of internet aware teens and school leavers, who go searching for CV templates and find many chronological example templates which their skills just don’t fit.

There are two options to solving this problem:

  1. Firstly, ask why you need a CV at all – does the job application specifically ask for one? If no, why not just write a Cover Letter? This article on our sister site How To Write a Cover Letter explains more
  2. Secondly, if you do conclude that you need a CV, write a skills based single page CV with a “why I love doing the core skill in the job that I am applying for” Cover Letter. Employers don’t expect much of young people applying for jobs, except: enthusiasm and some existing experience in the area that you are choosing to apply for. You may see it as “a few little bits of drama I’ve done along the way” – that reads to an employer as great evidence to employ in theatre someone who enjoys their market: it is just a matter of perspective!

I wish you luck Emily, and if you need any more help, please – just ask!

Good Luck!

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