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CV example: Amanda Gaskell

Amanda Gaskell

This CV secured the candidate a summer internship with a reputable Media firm, in her pursuit to develop a career in Journalism. Notice how she has tailored her CV to the job description, focusing on her organisational and administrative skills which are key requirements for the role.

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Amanda Gaskell

23 University Road, Coventry CV4 7BX
Mobile: 0787 987 8235



SEP 2008 - Jun 2012

University of Warwick BA in Comparative American Studies.

  • Women and the Empowerment of Folk Dancing. A Feminist Discussion. 8000 word dissertation.
  • The Link Between Jazz Music and the Black Identity in Post-War America. 9000 word dissertation.
SEP 2010- JUN 2011 University of California Riverside (Year Abroad)3.8/4.0 GPA record
  • Modules included: Harlem Renaissance Literature, Native American Women, Creative Writing and Poetry, Spanish.
SEP 2000- JUN 2008 Prendergast Secondary School 3 Alevels: A Geography, B Spanish, B English
10 GCSEs: A*-C including English, Maths, Science and Spanish

Relevant experience

JUL 11- AUG 11
Voluntary Receptionist
  • Swiftly adapted to charity culture by means of wearing appropriate clothing, being accompanied by a carer if around the disabled children. Operated specifically within the areas that were delegated for me to work.
  • Sorted through children’s personal statements, attendance/lunch/activities documents. Updated client monthly attendance data into spreadsheets using MS Word and Excel.
  • Exercised individual creativity organising a presentation for an employee meeting using MS PowerPoint.
  • Answered incoming calls for the head office and took messages.
JUN 09 –AUG 09
Blacklaws Davis
LLP Solicitors
 Receptionist/Admin Assistant
  • Filed and organised office bundles (legal documents) for court hearings. Copied files, faxed email messages, franked and posted letters.
  • Successfullycoped with difficult or distressed clients in a professional, helpful and informative manner.
  • Developed ability to prioritise and manage time supporting legal staff, working quickly and efficiently towards office deadlines.
  • Took incoming calls and arranged appointments at the reception or over the phone. Assisted incoming clients.
JUL 08 (4 days)
East Anglia
University, Norwich
 Voluntary Youth Supervisor
  • Aided young people in sports sessions and programmed seminar tasks. Actively supporting them in organised group presentations. Helped set up quizzes and organise a talent show and “club night”.
  • Accompanied youths around East Anglia University as well as The City of Norwich and Cambridge University.
  • Encouraging team building and friendships between groups. Supported youths with personal dilemmas.
  • Acted as a positive representative for university students sharing my experiences and answering their queries about undergraduate life and learning.
MAR 05 (2 weeks)
The OTM Graphics Office
Voluntary Junior Designer
  • Exercised creativity and illustrative techniques drawing up advertisement designs for makeup/cream products for L’Oreal and Garnier.
  • Designed and arranged a board presentation for The Metro Newspaper of restaurant services and coffee shops to be advertised over the Christmas holidays.
  • Shadowed a photo shoot for advertising the legalisation of underground busking.
  • Practiced ability to work independently on individual projects, completing graphics task objectives to be presented to the head of office.
  • Worked with Apple Mac PC producing an advertisement to promote the benefits of being a female taxi driver.

Additional experience

OCT 09 –DEC 09
New Look Retail
Temporary Sales Assistant
  • Operated shoes/accessories stock rooms. Organised shoes on shop floors and replenished shoe stands.
  • Worked with colleagues meeting daily target margins set by managers.
  • Advised and assisted shoppers with shoe enquiries. Retrieved correct shoe sizes for customers.
  • Demonstrated responsibility handling money whilst doing some till work towards the Christmas period.
OCT 07- MAR 08

Next Retail

 Stock Room Assistant/ Kids Floor Sales Assistant

  • Worked in a team under instruction of the stockroom manager bringing in stock barrels, unpacking, attaching security tags and hanging stock deliveries.
  • Scanned clothes into the store input/output system. Prepared, organised and transported clothes around the stock rooms and shop floors in a safe manner.
  • Cleared and managed the presentation of clothes and re-stocked clothing rails on the shop floor.
  • Interacted with customers answering specific and general enquiries. Used phones to make enquiries between other Next Retail stores.

Extra curricular
achivements &


  • Achieved grade 5 with distinction in piano at The Blackheath Conservatoire School of Music and Arts.
  • Achieved grade 4 with merit in clarinet at Prendergast Secondary School.
  • Was a member of RAW (University radio station) and completed basic DJ training.

Culture Arts and Dance

  • Took part in the past Nottinghill Carnival 2011.
  • Currently learning Salsa dancing at the University of Warwick.
  • Intermediate in Spanish reading, writing and speaking.

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