Right, its time to get creative. I hope you have all enjoyed my last JobHunting post and have now managed to get a nice selection of personal attributes, that you can pick and choose from. I’m sure you all secretly loved hearing your compliments from your friends and family.
So the next step is bringing all your past work experience, employment history and volunteering work. Now, I’m guessing most of you are thinking either you haven’t got enough work experience or it’s not relevant for the industry you want to go in to. Now, you may be right, but all you need to do is find the right angle and words to make you sound perfect.
It’s all about the words you use and just think a little out of the box. The best way for me to describe this to you is by using examples. Take being a Bar Staff first of all. You may think this means you know how to pour drinks and mop up after someone has had a few too many. At first you may think that the skills you’ve learnt in this role can not be transferred to another role, apart from jobs that involve translating drunk slur and mixing spirits. But I promise you there are many transferable skills to any job.
The key is to find those transferable skills and play around with the words to make the connection. For example with Bar Staff, you would deal with Customer Service, Customer Satisfaction, Communication skills, Sales, Team Working, Organisation, along with many more I’m sure you can figure out. Instead of just thinking about the obvious day activities you did, try and find the bigger picture.
So play around with your words a little bit, find your transferable skills and you will have yourself a great foundation to show how perfect you are for the role you are applying for. If you’re having difficulties with this part, comment below with your past experience and your desired job and I’ll try to help.
My next piece in the JobHunt series, will be about your CV layout. So keep your eyes peeled. In the mean time, if you have anything specific you would like me to cover, ask away and I’ll try my best to answer your requests.
All the best