There are plenty of tricks in order to be different and capture the attention of your future employer just with your CV when you’re applying for a job that might seem out of your reach. What’s more, there’s not just one format suitable for everyone, not unless everyone’s applying for the same job with the same level of knowledge, talents and abilities. You get the picture.
From different sizes to experimenting with fonts, from adding a photo to adding graphics, there’s unlimited possibilities on how to create a CV to perfectly match your individuality. Plus, having an account in LinkedIn, for example, will demonstrate that you’re a tech-savvy, up-to-date, and career-oriented candidate. In addition, websites like VisualCV and KickResume can be useful tools in the process of building your resume both on paper and online.
In other words, here’s some tips on how to land a job in the following fields if you’re lacking the so desired years of experience.
Accounting & Finance
Now is the time to demonstrate your skills in Excel and what seemed endless years of making spreadsheets filled with numbers and formulas in university by including one about you. By being innovative, you will show the employer a can-do attitude, thinking outside the box, and most of all, that you’re truly interested in the position. Apart from gathering all the internships and apprenticeships you’ve completed, make sure you insert power words that describe your management abilities, such as decision-maker, organised and results-driven. It is essential that you highlight your analytical skills which will further point to your professional manner and ability to work under pressure with words as responsible, problem-solver, and pro-active. And, of course, the more programs you can add in your IT proficiency list, the better chances you have to make a lasting impression.
One might think that a more serious approach is needed when applying for an engineering position and that is partially true, however, once again a little bit of imagination and a personal touch will definitely leave the employer with a hint of curiosity, perhaps just enough for a phone call. There is great competition for entry-level engineering positions, so you must use each quality and talent that you have already mastered. List any related professional experience but also include projects that you’ve built on your own, thus, blending competence with personality. Don’t forget that vision is essential alongside an entrepreneurial spirit, tech-savvy skills and innovation in your thinking. Be brave and bold but also be prepared. You have one chance at a time to impress the company you’ve been carefully studying (or should have been!) for the last month(s).
Marketing & PR
In order to gain advance with your application process for a marketing or PR position, make sure that you demonstrate your abilities to communicate in every possible way – from extra-activities to volunteering, from previous jobs that might not seem so related to projects that you’ve participated in, and, of course, feel free to include links to your social media accounts, including your personal blog. Make a statement with your resume. A key feature in your CV then should be good understanding of social platforms and current apps in the local area as well as on a national level plus good IT knowledge. Equally important, key words such as problem-solver, active listener, decision-maker and creative will suggest both your negotiation skills and presentation skills. Don’t forget to include your interests and hobbies or valuable experiences that will further put on display your broad set of interests that set your personality apart from the other applicants, such as your love for sports, photography or that time you signed up for a Spanish course only to realise you’re not a language prodigy.
Speaking of languages, this can be one of your greatest advantages in the field of media, regardless of your current level. The world of media relies entirely on research and the more abilities that you’re in possession of that allow you to gain further access to information and deeper understanding of the world that surrounds us, the higher your chance to land a job offer. You need to present the right blend of a bubbly personality and intelligence, of work ethics and courage, of creativity and adaptability, since many of the positions require of you to get out of your comfort zone to find the right scope or source. Needless to say, applying for a job in the sector of media requires a rich background in various activities, such as volunteering or contributing to different projects, but also a strong inclination towards one or few interests – cinema, politics, history or sports. Thus, demonstrate a variety of hobbies but be precise about what interests you the most and where you seek further development.
Last but not least, don’t forget to add the communication skills that each job seems to be fond of. After all, communication makes both managing and working under supervision easier and more beneficial for everyone!