When I was looking for a job over the summer, I was a little worried I wouldn’t get through to the interview stage due to ‘gaps’ in my career due to having the children, taking time out for maternity leave and starting a business rather than going back to work after my youngest was born. Employers and recruitment agencies receive so many CVs for each position, that having one that stands out can make all the difference when it comes to getting that invite to interview.
These are 5 ways to boost your CV, to give you the upper hand when it comes to applying for a new job.
Take a Course
How many of the skills on your current CV can you confidently back up with evidence? If you have the time are able to access courses that could make all the difference when it comes to successfully landing that new job, now is the perfect time to take a course and brush up on your skillset. There are so many options out there, but opting for something that can be used for a number of different jobs leaves your options open should you want a career change further down the line. The Impact Factory Time Management Course is an example of a course which employers will be impressed with and can help in all areas of life, not just your career.
Learn a Language
When I was looking for a job, I came across quite a few positions that were specifically looking for applicants who could fluently speak more than one language. Learning a new language doesn’t have to be stressful, you can find quick and easy courses locally or online, there are even specific apps which aim to teach you within a few short weeks. Being able to speak another language can open up all kinds of doors, and is definitely something which will make your CV stand out amongst the crowd.
Volunteering and/or fundraising are perfect for adding to your CV whilst also doing something that will make you feel good. It doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of your time. You can find all sorts of voluntary positions online or by contacting local charities, it could be something as simple as helping out at a local care home at weekends, or raising funds by running in a local half marathon. You can find something which interests you, whilst adding value to your CV.
Add in Your Hobbies
You write a blog in your spare time? Brilliant, make sure it is on your CV. Perhaps you play netball in the evenings for your local club. So many people neglect to cover their hobbies outside of work when writing their CV. Although it may not seem relevant, employers are looking for a well rounded individual, not a robot, when recruiting, and adding in the things that are important to you outside of work can make a big difference and show your personality, and other skills which you might have without realising such as being a part of a team or being able to run a website.
Write a Blog
Talking of running a website, writing a blog is a great idea, especially as technology continues to grow. Being able to set up and run a website, alongside being able to coherently write about topics that interest you can be invaluable to an employer, whether the industry you are looking for work in is anything to do with writing or not. Almost all businesses these days have a website and most have a blog alongside this. If you are able to demonstrate your ability to write, you may prove invaluable to the business alongside your other skillset.
If you are writing or updating your CV, hopefully these tips will have given you some ideas on how you can boost your CV to help make it stand out against others and get you the job you want.
This is a sponsored post, however all words are my own.