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Posted April 3rd, 2019 By Yummy Jobs

CV Tips and Tricks

You are thinking of going on an internship and you want to spice up your CV before sending it to the recruiter? I know change is scary, but it really doesn’thave to be. A CV is a very personal document, it tells your story and only you get to decide how that story is told.
 
BE YOURSELF
 
Now, this is easier said than done, but think about what you want to get out of your internship and then tailor your CV to that. The thousands of generic buzzwords on your CV are doing you no favours. In such a competitive market you need to stand out from the crowd. Do not be afraid to say that you are a “passionate content-creator” or that you are a graduate with an “entrepreneurial spirit”. Employers like to see what they can gain from you that will benefit the company. Businesses will expect their employees to have traits like “drive, loyalty, passion, etc”; it is important to let them know from the start what you are bringing to the table in addition to this.
 
LIST YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
I can only speak for myself as a recruiter but a brief list of responsibilities under your job title is fine, but what I really want to see are the accomplishments. Did you successfully execute a 500-person event? Did you receive positive recognition from over 100 guests during your previous employment? Be quantitative with this information, if it is factual, then it’s not bragging.
 
Example
Joe Bloggs
Food and Beverage Supervisor
•    Responsible for the training and care of 20 service team members
•    Overseeing the hiring and promotion of over 10 employees
•    Successfully executing over 120 high-profile events boosting revenue by 30%
•    Managing supply costs and reducing expenditure by 25%
 
 
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EVERYTHING IS RELEVANT
 
If you have diverse working experiences then do not be afraid to take the highlights that you want from the job. Retail? No problem, explain how you assisted with the scheduling of 20 staff members, how you handled end of day procedures and exceeded monthly targets by x%. Use that CV space to list the transferrable skills and accomplishments.  Any previous work that you have done has brought you to this point and is therefore relevant in the eyes of an employer.
 
EDUCATION
 
Are you a continuous learner? Or have you closed the book onschooling altogether?
If you want to learn something newbut are not in school anymore, do not let it stop you. Tangible skills are vital to a business, many universities and colleges will run evening and weekend classes so there is no excuse to stop learning.
 
Look at the job description for the role you want and then learn those skills. Even if you are in the process of learning, do not let that stop you from applying. An employer would rather know that their team is in a state of continuous progression rather than stagnant.
 
Education is a brick-by-brick process. Do not think of the end goal, instead just focus on the little wins and the now. Everything you learn is something you did not know before and that is huge! One day all those little bricks will add up and when you look up you will see the house you have built. 
 
There are tons of YouTube tutorials and free courses on the internet and even if you dedicate one or two hours per week, it will be progression.

BE A TOP VOLUNTEER
 
Volunteering is a working experience and should definitely not be hidden away at the bottom of your CV. Compassion is a trait that is not easy to teach. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!
 
List volunteering experience just like you would a job. Did you raise awareness on social media about the effects of climate change? Did you execute small-scale beach clean-ups? It shows an entirely different set of skills that were not money-motivated, and it shows that you have the initiative to be proactive over what you care about.
Be enterprising with this by reaching out to companies and asking if you can volunteer with them - not only is it a way to give back but it also a great way to build your network. A marketing assistant is a marketing assistant whether they were paid to perform the job or volunteered, so do not discredit those experiences.

ADDITIONAL TIPS
 
There is an ongoing debate as to whether you should put a photo on a CV. Our honest opinion (especially if you are dealing with a recruiter)? Yes! Just remember that you could be the 100th person that recruiter has interviewed this month and a photo can really make the difference when it comes to reviewing candidates and helping to jog our memories. Aim to use a photo that is natural, professional and that has a clear background. Think passport photo – but remember to smile!

 

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