Wed, Jun 20, 2012
Academic advisors and the media have not failed to emphasise the importance of individuals gaining work experience and boosting their CVs. The huge increase in people going to university has meant that many more people have good academic qualifications, so there is a need for employers to distinguish between job applicants in other aspects as well as academic qualifications.
Building up experience for your CV
Work experience is arguably a very important aspect of your CV and employers often compare people’s job experience when choosing potential employees. If you know what you want to do after you graduate university, try and get any sort of work in this sector; either paid or unpaid. Ask to volunteer for a particular organization, or try to find internships. There are plenty of websites which provide ‘internship alerts’ for particular job sectors which is really useful if you know what you want to do. If you have displayed that you are interested in working in a particular area – through actually partaking in experience – then you will have an edge over other applicants.
Other types of experience for your CV
For those people who are not sure what they want to do when they leave university, it is just as important to gain experience in working, for their CV. General experience may just include a weekend job; this will highlight several skills such as organization, independence and hard-work. Furthermore, volunteer work will also look great on a CV because it highlights that you give up your time for a good cause, as well as giving you certain skills that you would acquire from a paid job. Partaking in several different types of labour experience may also help you to decide what you want to do in the future.
If you know which career you want to pursue, then you can orientate your experience accordingly. However, even if you don’t know what you want to do in life, general experience is great because it will show that you are a more rounded person. Whatever the case, work experience is really important for creating an impressive CV.
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