Securing work experience
CVs are very important in securing a job or work experience as employers want to know you and see how you can sell yourself.
I knew what a CV was from Secondary School as part of work experience before Leaving School to attend college. A CV (Curriculum Vitae) also known as Resume allows you to summarise your education, skills, achievements and experience, selling yourself to employers. A standard CV should be no longer than two sides of A4, employers only want to read relevant information.
What I included in my CV
My Details – Include my full name, mobile number, LinkedIn name and email address. You do not need to include your date of birth, or your home address.
Profile – A profile is a concise statement that highlights your key attributes or reasons for deciding to work in a particular field.
Education – List and date all previous education, including professional qualifications, placing the most recent first.
Work experience – I Listed my experience in reverse chronological order, making sure that anything I mentioned is relevant to the job I’m applying for.
Skills and achievements -Whatever you list should be relevant to the job and not over-exaggerated, as you’ll need to back up your claims at the interview.
Interests -Your interests can provide a more rounded picture of you and give you something to talk about at interview.
References – You don’t need to provide the names of references at this stage.
There are two CVs to consider
Sometimes known as a traditional CV, a chronological CV is used to match your qualifications and work experience with the requirements for the job role.
Skills-based CV which is good for securing work experience.
Also known as a functional CV, the skills-based CV can be used if you have gaps in your employment history. This type of CV template is also useful if you have limited experience or are applying for a job which is unrelated to your degree.
Employability skills are transferable to different roles and employers. The skills-based CV allows you to focus on the skills you have developed in various areas of your life.
Decide whether the chronological, skills-based or academic CV is right for you, don’t put the term ‘Curriculum Vitae’ at the top of the page.
GSM careers advise services are very helpful, they checked my CV and highlighted what I needed to correct, which I did and emailed back to them for more feedback.
Best way to get work experience? Think about what sort of career area you want to do work experience in. Then look around for places or businesses in your area. Get in contact with them either by visiting them, writing to them etc. and explain that you want to do work experience, or walk in for voluntary placement.
Even if you applied for work experience or voluntary work, you will still go through the Interview process.
Know the requirements for the position
Re-read the job description carefully, make sure you have a solid understanding of all the responsibilities, skills, certification and knowledge required.
Prepare for specific questions
You will likely be asked questions about your teamwork skills and your interpersonal relations. On the day of the interview dress appropriately and arrive early, calm and mentally prepared. Most importantly, don’t forget to relax and be yourself.
The benefit of work experience
Work experience is an opportunity to introduce people to the reality of working life within a willing organisation, to help secure and sustain employment. By taking students on work experience, you get an opportunity to engage, inspire and inform people about what working life is really like in the field you desire.