Once you’ve found the perfect role for you it’s time to start piecing together your application. The most important part of your application is the CV, it’s 2 sides of A4 that has to sell you and all your experience and skills. It’s daunting but 100% possible to do this by making sure you steer clear of some definite CV don’ts and I want to share some hopefully helpful do’s.
Not only will you know the job description better and that will show during your interview (remember what I said about staying positive) By sending in a generic CV you’re not going to show your depth of knowledge and employers are going to know that you spent the time to tailor your application specifically for them.
Some employers prefer a more professional and corporately styled CV whereas some prefer to see some more personality. As hard as it is to tell how the companies attitude will be I highly recommend talking to an employability professional to get as much input as possible.
ignore what your lecturers and advisors suggest, they’ve helped dozens of students get amazing placements and they only want the best for you. Don’t forget to talk to your parents too, luckily both my parents have great professional experience and helped guide me with my CV.
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include one unless they specifically ask. I’ve learnt the hard way that for internship roles they are not necessary.
clutter. It’s about being selective, I was once asked on an interview “tell me something about you I can’t learn off your CV” Yes we can all agree that’s a very tricky question but it’s also true that not everything is going to be relevant for every internship you apply for. What they majority of employers want is a clear well thought out CV with all the necessary information right in front of them. They won’t have time to search through to find out where you study, put it in bold if you have to but the key is to make sure they aren’t having to work harder than they have to.
read the job description. They will outline what they want from a candidate and if you’re clever about it you can introduce the same phrases into your CV. It’s important to show them that you can be what they’re looking for. If the job description doesn’t outline skills, then build yourself a toolbox of things you know are going to be necessary for your industry. For marketing try social media skills, for accountancy look towards attention to detail and numeracy.
show a little personality, make sure you show a balanced overview of who you are. Have you studied karate for 10 years? Make sure to include it, employers want the whole package. Having extra curricular activities is just as important as qualifications. Try and think ahead and take part in things that are relevant to your industry. Especially things like team sport and collaborative activities look great to employers they want to know you’re a team player and you work well with others.
include all contact details, everything from address to linked in profile link, for students I recommend using your parents address, or the address you’ll be in when you undertake the internship. If you have a blog you’re proud of then by all means add the link to your CV but only if you’re completely confident in 100% of your content, think back through every post/tweet/reblog/like is there anything that could go against you during an application process. Assume that your potential employer will go through your blog if you leave a link so make it something to be proud of.
Ok so there’s a couple CV tips from me, I think I’ll make a step by step CV guide to because I know how daunting it can be when you’re trying to create a CV.