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CV/Resume Question. - June 24th 2012, 08:28 PM

Okay so I've passed my first year of uni and I was just on the online student page and it says that I've been awarded "Certificate of Higher Education in Biomedical Sciences"

I'm just curious to know that if I choose to apply for any jobs if I can stick this on to make my CV seem better? I don't have a lot of work experience really so anything that makes me sound better would be great
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Re: CV/Resume Question. - June 24th 2012, 09:10 PM

Sure, I'd say you could put that on there. I tend to put anything "professional" sounding on mine to increase my chances haha. But, they'll see your year at Uni on there, so make sure you know what that certificate means.

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Re: CV/Resume Question. - June 24th 2012, 09:18 PM

Yes you can...

Typically for a professional job, you start your CV off by listing your education and qualifications first, starting with your most recent.

So just put this "Certificate of Biomedical Sciences" as the first bullet point and put a year next to it (it should be 2011-2012).

Since you say you don't have a lot of working experience I assume you have plenty of room on your CV. You could use some of the space to describe briefly what modules you've covered on your course so far in the first year. Then move onto describing what skills this has helped you develop.


"Name of your University", Certificate of Higher Education in Biomedical Sciences - 2011/2012 - here describe that it's something you received at the end of your first year, and give an overview of your modules and topic areas.

- Core skills developed
- Team working - many aspects of the course required group work, which involves communicating and cooperating with other people of different backgrounds, to meet project requirements and meet deadlines though a joint effort. These have been done in such a way to simulate a formal working environment.
- Presentation skills
- Time management
- Research skills
- etc... think of anything. Don't try to make a list of like 10 things though. About 5 or 6 points here is probably good. Go into some depth and give some very general examples for each point, like I have for "team working".

Try not to make things up that you haven't done lol. It'l come off badly if they ask you questions about it in an interview. It's alright to bullshit a little, not too much though.

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Re: CV/Resume Question. - June 24th 2012, 09:47 PM

It's certainly something to put on your resume or CV. I was awarded a few things in university and I listed each of those. When I was applying for my Master's, I also included various awards I won in high-school that were academic-related. You should simply state the university you attend, the name of the certificate and the date it was issued/you received it. You should also give a one-line sentence describing the award and list a few things you did to earn it or that you learned (i.e. better team skills, etc...).

If you researched a particular subject, then it's vital to include that in the description, however, keep it brief. If you're enclosing the CV/resume for something academic-related, then you can use fancier terminology, otherwise, use less lingo.

Since you don't have a lot of work experience, you can include some stuff you did outside of classes, inside classes and what you learned from both. For example, I practice martial arts and help teach certain classes, so I state that and list it improved my communication abilities, self-reliance, team building/cooperation (especially amongst other higher-ranked students and black belts), etc... .

In university, I wrote a bunch of course research papers, did some research, and gave lectures. I have the topics for each of them listed on my CV. When I go to apply for a job, I may hand in only my resume or include my CV.

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Re: CV/Resume Question. - June 27th 2012, 02:40 PM

Yeah you definitely can, I personally have a certificates list on my resume (accomplishments and certificates is quite common) you can have: skills, job experience, education, volunteering education, and then certificates and accomplishments (which can include CPR stuff and that award)... OR you can make awards it's own little spot best of luck
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