We all know that getting your first job is always the hardest. For many, they will do this without any prior history in the role that they are applying for, whilst for others, it may be the first role out of university. It’s a difficult time, however there are things you can do to help you secure your first role and it starts with your C.V.
Perfecting your C.V. is something that will take years and as you grow as a person, the people you meet, the experiences you will have and the shift in what you do from your first job will all have an impact on what is put onto paper.
But your first C.V. is important, very much so in today’s fast paced society. You want to show that you have a wide range of skills as well as communicate who you are as a person. That’s why it’s important to get it right. Summer programs and other out-of-school activities can be a big help on any CV..
Creating the kind of C.V. that can get you noticed, and place you in the right pile for interviews is just the first step. Here are some tips to make you write an optimal C.V. for your first job.
Choose the right format
For many, leaving University may be the last thing you will have done. This is why you need to create a skills based C.V. An employment history C.V. is for people who have a few years and a few different workplaces under their belt, and this won’t matter to you.
What you want to do is showcase all the skills you have acquired over the last few years of studies. Avoid bullet pointing solely and expand on each skill, soft or hard, as well as providing a strongly written personal statement. Any work experience would be after all the other elements have been put down.
Focus on hobbies and interests
If you don’t have a lot or any work experience, don’t panic! Your hobbies and interests can bring out many different things, and hiring managers will look to see from those hobbies what that could be. For example, someone who enjoys team sports would demonstrate good team working skills as well as possible leadership skills.
Someone who is into music and art, or has done exhibits could be showing a level of organisation as well as creative aptitudes. Remember, you want to bring out who you are as a person, show where there could be a transfer of skills and make sure that your hobbies aren’t anything overly strange!
Finally, don’t lie!
It’s easy to lie on C.V. to make you look like you have more experience or knowledge in an area, however, don’t. You will get caught out and it will have consequences. The easiest thing is, if you don’t know something, ask. For your first job, many managers will know that this is the case, they will expect questions and would be happy to answer them.