How to boost your CV during the school holidays
25th June 2019
Author: Andrew Fennell
The school holidays are the perfect time to boost your CV for future job applications and interviews. The earlier you start to build up your CV, the more you’ll stand out from the crowd. Plus, it doesn’t have to boring - boosting your CV during the school holidays could lead to new friends and even a bit of extra pocket money! Andrew Fennell from Standout CV explains how.
Get a part-time job
Getting any kind of summer job, even if it’s not directly related to the career you’re interested in, will immediately boost your CV.
When you leave school, college or university and start applying for jobs, employers will want to see that you have a solid work ethic and have built up a range of transferable skills.
Whether it’s working at a local shop or café or helping out at the family business, you’re sure to develop solid skills in teamwork, communication, customer service and time management. These can all be put to use in a wide range of industries.
See How to find a summer job for ideas on where to look for work.
Spend time volunteering
Not only does volunteering show that you’re a hardworking and generous person, but you could also build up experience which is highly relevant to your future career goals.
Would you enjoy a career which involves working with animals? Contact your local animal shelter and ask if you can volunteer over the summer. Would you like to pursue a career which involves helping others? Try approaching a care home in your area to offer a helping hand.
Volunteering opportunities are endless – you’re sure to find something which suits your interests. And if you’re not quite sure what you want to do in the future yet, it’ll still show a fantastic work ethic!
See Get volunteering for more ideas.
Learn a new skill
Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t had the chance to pick up? The school holidays are the perfect time to do it! The more skills you have and can talk about, the more interesting your CV will become.
How about learning to play a musical instrument, working on your photography skills or attending a creative writing class? Picking up new skills is an invaluable way to show your initiative and boost your employability
See Easy ways to learn new skills to find out more.
Join a club
When you start to apply for you first full-time job, you might not have much work experience – but hobbies and interests can be a great addition to your CV.
If you’re already a member of a sports team or other club, sign up to all the extra holiday sessions that you can and really give it your all. And if you’re not part of any yet, why not make it your holiday goal to join one?
Being an active member of a club or team shows that you’re a committed, reliable team player. Employers will see this as a huge plus point.
So, start planning your school holidays now by looking for part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, classes or interesting clubs. Your future self will thank you!
Andrew Fennell is the founder of CV writing advice website StandOut CV. He is a former recruitment consultant and contributes careers advice to websites like Business Insider, The Guardian and FastCompany.
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