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Is there any point putting GCSE's down on an application form?

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3kids1cat Thu 16-Oct-08 14:16:31

Am applying for a job as a library shelver at the local Uni. Only qualifications I have are Gcse's, good grades, but are they worth putting down? I also have never had a job before, so have no employment history blush. Hmm reading this back I'm thinking why bother, I'm not even going to get an interview am I?

AMumInScotland Thu 16-Oct-08 14:37:09

You should certainly put them on the form. Does the job ad say what skills and experience they are looking for? They might be looking for someone sensible and careful, not specific qualifications and job history.

PuppyMonkey Thu 16-Oct-08 14:39:37

I would put them down - makes your Cv look bigger anyway!

I'm also tempted to say make some GCSEs up, but that would be very wrong of me....grin Does anyone actually CHECK????

nooka Thu 16-Oct-08 14:40:11

How long ago were your GCSEs? I usually put "O levels include English and Maths" on my CV. What does the person specification say - are qualifications required?

Kathyis6incheshigh Thu 16-Oct-08 14:41:10

Yes absolutely you should put them down - generally you should put down your highest level of qualification. And if they're good grades, all the more so grin

Good luck!

AMumInScotland Thu 16-Oct-08 14:51:55

The important thing with job applications is to make sure you mention the things which will make them think it's worth interviewing you. So, if they ask about your qualifications you should put them down. There's probably also a piece where you can tell them why you think you'd be good at the job, or else you can add a covering letter where you tell them - look at what sort of things they mention in the job description and think of things you can say about yourself which show you have those qualities.

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Thu 16-Oct-08 14:53:44

I normally write 11 GCSE's including maths, english and science grades A - C.

Katw3kitts Thu 16-Oct-08 14:56:17

Yes you should. It shows you attained a certain level of education.

Hope it works out for you !

FioFio Thu 16-Oct-08 14:57:27

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flowerybeanbag Thu 16-Oct-08 15:00:01

Yes put them down. If you've not got a lot else absolutely put them down. I don't know what skills you need to be a library shelver, but I would imagine being literate is important, so a set of good GCSEs definitely worthwhile.

3kids1cat Thu 16-Oct-08 17:07:07

Thanks for all the replies everyone.

I would normally just put the same as you SheSells, but the form has seperate spaces for each qualification and where it was gained etc.

nooka it was 11 years ago that I did my GCSE's, that's why I wasn't sure whether they were still relevant.

It says the applicant needs to be enthusiastic, have good interpersonal skills, the ability to work methodically and accurately, and have a positive approach to customer service. It also says the ability to perform manual handling duties within a defined time frame is essential for this post!

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