We know job hunting isn’t always straightforward, so our dedicated Careers Team offers CV advice and tutorials to help prepare you for the industry and land that dream job or placement you’re after.
It goes without saying that you should always research the company you’re hoping to work for, but here are some other handy hints to get you started on your careers journey:
CV WRITING TIPS
- Remember that your CV is an advert for you and your skills, so sell them!
- Employers may receive hundreds of CVs and don’t have time to trawl through pages of waffle, so only include relevant experience to that specific job. This may mean you need more than one CV for different role applications. Make sure you keep it concise and to the point.
- Format your CV in an ‘easy-to-read’ layout, with headings and bullet points if necessary.
- Take value in your experience. Include anything that is relevant, including paid and unpaid positions, summer jobs, voluntary experience or extra-curricular activities. Pull out what you learned or what made you shine in each role. Describe entry-level experience using phrases such as “learned the business” or “trained to…” to emphasise your aptitude for professional development.
- Add a recent professional photo (or photos) to your CV – especially if you’re a performer. Including a visual will help you stand out from the crowd.
- Consider being a bit more creative with the presentation of your CV, especially if you are trying to sell yourself as an artist or an artistic entrepreneur.
- Remember to add your current contact details – it may sound obvious, but it’s surprising how often this can be overlooked!
COVER LETTER WRITING TIPS
- First impressions last, so make sure your cover letter is well presented and uses a professional and easy to read layout.
- Tailor your cover letter to each individual employer and the job descriptions that are provided.
- Keep it clear, concise and easily scanable.
- Highlight your key skills and relevant information from your CV.
- Make it clear why you are perfect for the job, and why the job is perfect for you!
If you’re invited to attend an interview for a placement or job, remember that preparation is key, so make sure you do your homework. Thoroughly research the company and their website, and think of a list of interesting questions you can ask which will spark conversation and show how committed you are to the position.
Once you’ve bagged yourself that amazing work placement, the reality of your internship can sometimes be a bit daunting. Follow these top ten tips for interns to make sure you get the most out of your experience, so the next time they’re looking to hire, you’ll be first on their list.
JOB HUNTING AND SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS
With social media playing such a big role in our everyday lives, research has shown that employers are now starting to look online for potential new candidates. Sites such as LinkedIn and the Innovate CV app on Facebook are handy tools to promote yourself online.
But a word of warning – be careful what you share openly on your personal social media sites. Make your account private, so only your friends can access it. And be professional – don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t want a prospective employer to read.
Video CVs are also becoming more popular and this may be an especially useful tool for a musician or performer.
For more information or advice on employment or internship opportunities, please contact our Careers Team on 0844 2 646 666 or email: [email protected]