How do you write a CV when you are just getting started? When do you take the first steps on the labor market…?
I’m in a hurry to answer! Make yourself something refreshing to drink, take a notebook … (no, you don’t have to write down – I wrote it down for you!) And take these 6 tips for writing your first CV, and I guarantee that you will go quite smoothly.
I wrote my first CV about a month before my final exams. I also had a dilemma about how to do it. So I sat down, turned on Word. Well, I was just sitting there. Do you experience the same thing? Or maybe you’ve already written something, but you’re not sure if it should look like this?
1. Choose the sphere
A student’s CV is usually easy to recognize. Apart from the fact that it contains information about studying at one of the universities, it is usually sparse. Not well maintained graphically. Any work that has ever been done is inscribed in the experience. Or the “experience” field is empty. Or it isn’t there at all.
When you think about it, such a CV sounds a bit cheesy, right?
Think about where you want to work.
- If you’re starting out with writing a student resume, think about what industry do you want to work in.
- If you have already selected job offers and are now preparing application documents, think about what this position entails.
- What is this industry? Gastronomy, education, tourism, hotel industry? What will your work be based on – contact with people? Will you provide services for them, e.g. prepare drinks, or provide them with information, e.g. about a loan?
Realizing what you want to do or what you will be doing if you get hired is extremely important.
Why? Because you will avoid shock and disappointment (“but I don’t like talking to people so much …” or “well, I thought it would be more fun”). Besides, when you understand what you will be doing in this position, you will also better realize what you should be like for this job. And how you should present yourself in your CV (it’s not about lying, but just a simple self-presentation – which is good and honest).
2. Think about your real strengths
Your position is selected. Now let’s think – what will show that you are seriously suitable for them? I recommend doing a SWOT analysis. You take a piece of paper, draw a cross in the middle – on the top left you write your pluses, next to minuses, bottom left – chances and threats.
For example, my plus is that I am a very energetic and open person; the downside is impatience; The chances are that I will get along very well with people and I will easily find my way in my new job, but the risk is that maybe I will be inattentive or overlook something, because when I get excited I won’t worry about the details.
Or you can just think about:
- What are my strengths?
- What character traits, which of my skills, can be useful to me IN THIS JOB, especially?
- What is expected of [insert job title here] – do I have it, would I be able to do it?
And what do I definitely not want to do, which would discourage me from working?
It’s good to know what you want and what you can … but it’s also good to know what we can’t and really don’t want.
Which asset is really an asset? My advantage is, for example, creativity – but in the work of writing down the names of the clients for meetings in a notebook, it is unlikely to be useful. Here I need more diligence, organization and responsibility. However, in the work of a leisure time animator, creativity will be at a premium, as well as responsibility.
The advantage is what will be most useful to you in the job.
3. Realize that you have professional experience
You may have not worked yet. Maybe you have already worked, but not long ago. Maybe you think it’s just nothing – delivering leaflets or picking fruit.
So what do you put in your experience when you think you don’t have any? If you have no experience, leave this field blank? Absolutely not! Whatever you’ve been doing in your life, you can call it an experience. And many of these things are also work experience. For example, taking care of younger siblings – it is after all caring for a child. Doing a raffle with a volunteer circle – this is an experience in organizing events, acquiring sponsors, promoting events, coordinating a project … Take what you did and describe it well.
If, for example, you would like to work in gastronomy, picking fruit can be something worth praising. Why? Because it taught you diligence, hard work (and picking cherries for a few hours and standing behind the bar are physically demanding). Delivering leaflets – maybe it gave you courage and communication skills because you had to enter the block somehow, so you called strangers and explained why you want to be let in.
4. Get a good picture
Even if your new profile has collected several hundred likes, it still doesn’t mean that the photo is suitable for a CV. The photo should be professional – not necessarily ID card, but remember that the CV is a document. What kind of photo should I put on my CV?
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6. Recruit me all
You wrote your CV, you have it – hurray! You want to have a job, so of course, you will send your application in response to several offers. Is it worth sending the same CV everywhere? It depends. On what? On the position.
If you want to go to gastronomy, it doesn’t matter whether to – a creperie, fast food or Indian restaurant, gastro is gastro.
You can only change your CV in your interests – because if, for example, you like cooking, but you also like Bollywood blockbusters, it’s nice to mention it when applying to an Indian restaurant. For a creperie – you can but you don’t have to.
But if you want to be either a waiter or an animator, or a camp counselor, or work in a shop, that is the difference between these positions. So your CV should be different too.