Casual Work CV

This is an example of a CV specifically targeted at summer retail work. Slightly adapted it could also be used for restaurant, pub or casual office work in the vacations or part-time during term time.

Also see covering letters


James Aloysius Bond

47c Moonraker Road, Canterbury, CT3 8PQ

Telephone Number: 07766634669 email:



I am looking for a retail or similar job over the summer vacation in Canterbury. I am available for work any time after the 30th May until the 20th September.

I have shown myself to be self-motivated, committed and determined in achieving my goals, come what may. I have also demonstrated negotiating and organising skills, a sense of responsibility and my capacity to work hard under pressure. I am able to relate to a wide range of people, as proven by my varied work experiences. All my jobs in retail required using computerised till systems and working accurately.

  A clear, well written objective or personal profile can help to stand out from the crowd. Avoid hackneyed phrases such as "I have good communication skills and work well in a team"! Being prepared to work hard and do almost any task are key attributes for casual jobs.

Work Experience

Saturdays Dec 2013 - April 2014 Sales Adviser, Fenwick's, Canterbury
Duties involved customer assistance and advice, stock taking, ordering of relevant stock from warehouse and its unloading, arranging stock, arranging and displaying sales items, till operating (handling cash and till floats, plus ordering change), arranging special orders and deliveries, as well as answering telephone enquiries.

I was also responsible for my own particular sections of the department and had to ensure they met with the approval of my managers.

June 2013 - Sept 2013 SE Railways, Customer Service Assistant, Chelmsford
Developed my customer service skills so that the public felt at ease when asking for assistance with their travel arrangements. Maintained my calm demeanor and positive outlook, even when dealing with angry passengers from delayed trains or cancellations.

July 2012 - Sept. 2012 Moneypenny Restaurants, Chelmsford, Essex.
Duties involved meeting and greeting of customers, plus dealing with their enquiries, maintaining welfare and hygiene, and ordering stock. Also taking telephone bookings and orders.

There was a strong emphasis on health and safety, customer care and satisfaction. I learnt about working both on my own and with others, working calmly under pressure, and greatly improved my communication skills. I had to use my initiative and be able to handle stressful situations.

I also sometimes had the responsibility of closing the restaurant and cashing up at the end of the day.

Other jobs have also included: housekeeping as part of Kent Hospitality and temping work in a fruit factory.



Normally students put their degree before their work experience, but for casual work during your degree evidence of relevant work experience is of greater importance than your essay writing ability!

Relevant practical skills are more important than your degree

If you can show you have useful skills and experience that can be put to good use from day one, you will be at an advantage over other applicants!

Gives details of competencies gained in other work that would be valuable in most jobs: prioritising, administration, training and customer service skills. This is a good place to use Action Verbs





  • Teamwork: enjoy working in both team environments and independently
  • Providing excellent customer service: customer focused employment; liaising as a runner
  • Fast and proficient IT: I completed the ECDL course and am now proficient with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Full, clean driving licence

More details of competencies of value in casual jobs


Interests and Achievements

  • Helped to organise many events in the community while at school. These included a party for the elderly and a scheme to link first years at the school with a member from the sixth form, providing an extra channel if they were facing any difficulties at the school.
  • I captained the local hockey team for 2 years. At school I was a member of the hockey team that won both the Chelmsford Cup.
  • I was a Student Tutor at University as part of a community interaction scheme. I assisted teachers in a secondary school by listening to pupils read and helping them with their class work. I also took small groups of children to tutor on my own.
  • A passion for dry martinis: shaken, not stirred.
  While your CV should be a clear outline of your relevant skills and experience your enthusiasm, motivation and initiative should also come through, both in the CV itself and the covering letter


The University of Kent, Canterbury – September 2013 -July 2016
BA Joint Honours ‘English and American Literature with History’

2006 – 2013 Goldfinger School, Chelmsford, Essex

2013 A Levels:
English Literature : B, Classics : B, Russian : B

2011 Ten GCSE’s (A-C) which included Mathematics, double Science and French.


Only brief details are given of academic qualifications, as they are not particularly relevant to the job.

French and mathematics GCSEs are mentioned. The latter shows numeracy and the former may be helpful with the might just be helpful in serving the myriads of French schoolchildren the city gets!

References: I am happy to supply these on request.

  You only need to supply references when the organisation you are applying for asks you for them.


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