Finding the job of your dreams is a complicated endeavor. The demands are high, and competition can be overwhelming. Many companies advertise only for people with relevant experience in the needed field. What do you do if you have to meet lots of requirements? Apply anyway and take these bits of advice to heart!
When applying for a position, don’t be afraid to mention your unpaid experience. Volunteer work, internships, your courseworks and extra-curricular activities can all be used to present yourself in the best light and showcase your job suitability. Imagine you are an employer yourself. I bet you would prefer a graduate with a well-presented relevant skill set to the one with half a year of experience in a related field.
Expressing your personality is pretty hard to do in a CV. However, it is one of the most important things to do when applying for a position. In addition to job suitability, you need to show that you will be a pleasant person to work with and a good contributor to the existing team. This can be done by using examples. Any trait will be highlighted if you cite a time you have successfully used it. It is simply not enough to mention that you are resourceful or have a strong work ethic. Another good practice is to include quantifiable results of your activities.
This is mostly relevant if you are applying for a position in a different field or starting a career. Try to research what traits, qualities and “buzzwords” employers want to see on a CV. Trends often change, so don’t be overconfident if you are reentering the workforce after an extended break. A quick Google search helps you to increase your chances.
Some people tend to do too much and add bright colors, photos of their kids, and even jokes to their CV. However, others do too little. Try to highlight relevant information in an interesting, but conservative way, and don’t be afraid to experiment.
Remember that the purposes of a CV are to get through the door and to be invited to an interview. You should convince recruiters that you will be up for the job. The years of paid experience can help, but they are not of great significance.