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Emile Durkheim     

22 Temple Road, Folkestone, Kent CT17 3YU

Email: Mobile: 0339005678 Tel: 0167534768


Criminology and Sociology final year student from the University of Kent seeking a role supporting victims of crime. Relevant experience gained through working with the charity Victim Support and also through volunteering for the Samaritans, listening and supporting vulnerable people on the telephone.


A large font size for the name makes it stand out and easier to find in a pile of CVs

Use a sensible email address. Something like may not make the best impression!

A profile or career objective isn't essential as much of this information would be included in a covering letter. You can also call this a career aim, profile or personal statement. Profiles work best on CVs with a lot of competition for jobs such as advertising, PR and the media where a well written profile can catch the attention of a busy recruiter.


2012-2015 THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology, Upper Second Class 2:1


You don't need to list all your modules unless applying for a job such as teaching, where they would be of interest. It may be worth adding any modules that demonstrate relevant skills - for example creative writing could be of value for journalism and similar jobs. You can add your module marks here if they are good!

Subtle use of bold or italics can draw the eye to key points.

Dissertations are important: you can sell the skills you have gained:

Modules included:

  • Criminal Justice Practice, Social Problems and Social Policy, Issues in Criminal Justice, Key Welfare Issues, Restorative Justice: Concepts, Issues, Debates.

Completed an independent research dissertation on "A Stress Process Model of Arrest among Homeless Women". With only a weekly tutorial to supervise my dissertation I had to be extremely self-motivated. I set my own deadlines and targets, and became confident in taking direction from my tutors while developing their advice, though my own initiative, into new areas of study that would be useful in my work. I gained excellent experience in the research, organisation and presentation of a complex subject and attained first class marks.

I was also called upon during the course to give seminar presentations as part of a team. This required the careful structuring and organisation of ideas into a PowerPoint presentation. My forward planning was vital for progressive and well paced delivery and this enabled me to develop excellent communication skills as well as developing a good working relationship within a team.


2005-2012 Folkestone High School

A-levels: Sociology: A, Classical Civilisations : B Theology: C

GCSE’s: 8 including Maths, ICT, French and Business at grades A to C


Mentions some GCSE subjects which might have value in a working environment.


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Oct. 2013 – Aug. 2014 Volunteer, Victim Support, Kent

  • Developed my communication skills as a Witness Service volunteer providing information and support to witnesses in court.
  • Demonstrated my ability to work sensitively and with empathy when supporting a staff member working with victims of domestic violence in the community.
  • Promoted Victim Support’s values when doing outreach work at schools in Medway including highlighting the need for victims to receive respect, recognition and support.
  • Worked in a multi-disciplinary team to devise and organise fundraising initiatives, with our latest raffle raising £500.
  • Worked to agreed standards and procedures at all times including taking note of the lone working policy. Also ensured that I kept all client information confidential and consulted a manager when issues were outside of my remit.

September 2012-February 2013 Sales Adviser in the Cookware Department, BHS.

Weekend Sales Assistant, where my responsibilities included customer service, stock control, cash handling and opening store accounts. This work involved me in advising and assisting customers, coping with problems and unexpected situations and taking responsibility for cashing the tills at the end of the day.

Summer 2012 Care Home Assistant, Folkestone, Kent

I worked in a busy care home for the elderly, where many of the patients had severe health problems such as dementia. I had to learn to be very patient and receptive to their needs, and gained a good insight into the problems faced by elderly people. I also increased my time management skills when under pressure.

Other jobs have also included: working in a pub, sometimes under pressure in a busy team and dealing tactfully with occasionally difficult customers and assisting teachers at a primary school.


Fonts are largely down to personal preference, but choose something clear and easy to read. My own preference is for the "Sans" fonts. Lucida Sans or Verdana in 10 points for the body text is a good choice (don't use Comic Sans!). This CV is set in Verdana. Subheadings such as Education and Work Experience can be slightly larger: say 12 or 14 points.

Transferable skills are mentioned here. For example teamworking skills and communication skills. This is a good place to use Action Words

If you have done a lot of jobs, you can summarise the more routine jobs, rather than filling your CV with lots of irrelevant information.

All of my work experiences have involved working within a team-based culture. This involved planning, organisation, co-ordination and commitment e.g., in retail, this ensured daily sales targets were met, a fair distribution of tasks and effective communication amongst all staff members.


  A nice summary of skills obtained via work experience,


Planning and Organisation
  • My biggest test of organisation was completing my dissertation. It took me months of in-depth research, compressing information and finally displaying it to a standard I was happy with. I was extremely proud when it was graded a 1st.
  • Whilst working as a retail supervisor level I was in charge of organising a team of 10 employees on their daily tasks and duties, and ensuring these were performed with quality.
Persuading and Influencing
  • Working on the Kent Fashion Show I liaised with many high street retailers and used my persuasive skills to encourage them to release clothing lines to the show.
  • During copious seminars throughout my three years at university I gained experience in discussing and debating various topics and persuading others to make a transition to my way of thinking.
Computing skills
  • I completed the ECDL course and am now proficient in all aspects of Microsoft Windows and Office including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. I successfully completed a module on "Digital Photography and Image Editing" in my degree.

Again more evidence of relevant skills, focusing on some of the core competencies needed in jobs.

Different jobs will require different skills, so have different CVs for different types of job. For example, marketing advertising and PR will require strong persuading and negotiating skills whereas a job in computing would focus more on problem solving and logical analysis.


Computing skills are important to mention: be specific about which programs you have used.


  • Driving: Full, clean driving licence.
  • Languages: able to speak some French and currently teaching myself spoken Japanese,
  • UNICEF: volunteered in the annual ‘run against violence’ fundraising event
    Promotion of the event through social media, leaflets and brochures
    Leading and collaborating with several stations the day of the run
    Having the opportunity to know first hand the problems women face, together with my experience as a volunteer in UNICEF has awakened a profound interest for gender equality and children’s rights.
  • I travelled independently through Australia,and Malaysia. I spent one year raising funds and organised the trip with three friends. The experience taught me how to use my initiative and be a team-player, how to be self-sufficient, how to handle a large budget and to cope with unexpected situations.



Good use of Action Words here!

Try to show a broad variety of interests and focus more on social and active rather than solitary and passive interests. Serious commitment to at least one activity can be viewed favourably, as will evidence of getting on well with other people e.g. in team sports. Independent or challenging holidays or foreign travel can also look good.

Again, sell your transferable skills here: evidence of leadership, responsibility, and communicating.

Thorstein Veblen
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
University of Kent
Canterbury, CT2 7NF

Max Weber
Victim Support
Lyons Road
01634 123456

  Normally you would give one academic referee (tutor or project supervisor) and one employment referee. See our references page


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