Whether you’re looking to start work straight out of high school, or planning to study further, an impressive CV is a must and it’s important to start building yours early on. Here are 5 ways you can boost your CV once you’ve matriculated.

Learnerships and Internships

If you’re struggling to find first-time work, then an internship or learnership may be the best thing for you. These opportunities introduce you to the working world, and completing one successfully gives you skills and work experience to add to your CV, as well as your first good reference. You can learn more about the difference between the two in this article. Also, have a look at our Opportunities section- we update it regularly with new opportunities which you can search by location or sector. You can also create your own internship opportunity (find out how to do that here).

Start your own hustle

An alternative to getting a job or applying for an internship/learnership is starting a side hustle of your own (while you study or search for employment). No matter how big or small your idea is, and whether it involves selling a product (such as hand-made jewellery) or service (such as doing make-up and hair), you can turn your passion into a hustle within your community. Remember to use social media to your advantage here- it helps you spread the word about your business faster.


Getting involved in volunteering is not only good for your community, it’s also a way to gain work experience and skills that would look great on your CV. There are many charities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that are open to taking in recent matriculants as volunteers. Keep your career path in mind when applying to these organisations as well- a position that’s better suited to your passions and talents will be a better fit than one that isn’t.

Get a job

Whether it’s part-time or full-time, whether it’s in the career field you’d like to pursue or not, if you’ve got the opportunity to start work somewhere, it’s worth considering as it will look great on your CV and teach you a lot. Good places to start are retail (such as stores and promotional work), restaurants and other part-time gigs such as tutoring or au-pairing.

Take up a hobby

What are you passionate about? Do you like to write, take cool photos, do make-up or something else? Whatever you enjoy, you can turn this into a hobby and if you keep that up, you’ll find opportunities in that field which are perfect for building up your CV. If you share your work, it can get published or exhibited, or even win you competitions and scholarships. These achievements are a great addition to your resumé.

There you have it- 5 things you can do after high school to boost your CV! Once you’ve got some impressive skills and experience going, remember that you can put it all into a stunning CV for free with our CV Builder. Good luck!

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