Most of the students and graduates may feel insecure when they finish the University and start looking for a job. During the first steps within the labour world, it is totally normal that we haven’t yet developed a long and successful career. Because of that, formal education, personal skills and additional studies or volunteer jobs will be a pillar in your presentation.
Below you will find 10 tips to organize your CV if you are in your first working years:
Introduce yourself as a personal statement
We have one blank page to say only good things about ourselves. It may look a lot of space in the beginning, but we can easily fill it out smartly. Today many applicants include, following their personal information such as place of residence or email contact, an introduction about themselves, that is to say, a brief text about their professional profile, labour expectations and most important skills. These lines will help you to rapidly connect with the firm.
Focus on your skills and potential capabilities
Even though you are not an experienced worker yet, you probably already have most of the skills a company is looking for: good command of the Office package, Internet and mailing and excellent language skills, for example. This must be the base that provides you security at the moment you write your CV.
List your extra-curricular activities as jobs
Don’t worry: companies know that recent graduates and students lack formal experience within the labour market. But every CEO, Manager and Director started their professional career without a solid CV. That is why you should not feel ashamed to begin from the bottom. However, we must not be ingenuous: we cannot deliver a CV in blank or with only your basic education but add all the information that may be useful during the personnel selection.
2 rules you must follow
There are many ways to compose a CV but there are at least two rules you must follow:
First: when we start organizing our curricular story, we should start listing our most recent experience on the top. On one side, because it will likely be the most relevant one but also because it will define better our trajectory.
Second: use only one page. Only in the case you are using the European Pass pattern you may be allowed to present a two-pages or more CV.
Make use of social networksY
You are young, so act as such! Sending resumés via email or delivering them in person is a 20th Century thing. Today, networks such as LinkedIn have been proved as much more effective than the regular old ways. Nevertheless, you should have an updated CV and Cover Letter for your job seeking.
Mention prizes, diplomas, voluntary jobs, etc.
Everything you have done, although you may think it is not important, will define your aptitudes at work. Literary prizes, volunteer work abroad, work as private teacher are actually very relevant activities during your first working years because they talk about your will to work, your values and your motivation.
Throughout all your career, you will update, remake and modify your CV hundreds of times. If, in your first working steps, any seasonal work, part-time job or unpaid labour is welcome within your resumé, as you gain experience, you should delete your older and lesser relevant work history and add newer more interesting goals.
Be original (but not too much)
A resumé is your presentation card to companies. Especially if you are applying to big enterprises or multinationals, your CV will have to compete with hundreds more. That is why an original resumé will catch the attention of the HR Manager for sure. However, unless you are applying for a Graphic Design position, you should not overuse colourful patterns and designs. Above it all, you must appear as a professional and serious candidate.
Adapt your CV to the specific offer
When we do not have a clear and specific career, we may subtly change our resumé depending on the job offer we are applying for. In each occasion, you may underline or omit one fact about yourself. Moreover, whether you are applying for positions abroad, you should know how CVs are written and organized there: in Spain or Italy, for example, you should include your picture in one side while in the UK is not necessary.
Be realistic – demand the impossible!
50 years after the May of 1968, we want to remind one of the legacies of this revolutionary episode of the 20th Century. We must believe in ourselves and do not feel bad or ashamed for aspiring to high positions. In order to follow a realistic and progressive path, starting for Internships related to your studies is the smartest option.
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