If you’re still in college, university or even in a specialised educational institution, then you can take on-board some extra-curricular activity ideas that will drastically improve your CV. The dreaded cliché that is overused ‘you can’t get a job without experience’ is certainly a phrase that is commonly shared, yet how are you supposed to gain experience without a job? It can be a frustrating realisation, but not one TheGrad can’t help you solve…
Before sharing our inspiration, we would like to highlight a few important steps you can make today to instantly become more recognised by employers.
• Register with TheGrad to take advantage of our job portal: it is an easy to use service with an efficient and simple application process. The filters available allow the search to be specific and focused.
• Utilise our blog and forums: in order to allow students to voice and share their opinions openly and comfortably, we created a bespoke portal where students can create, contribute and share papers or topics with each other.
• Take notice of our fantastic advertising opportunities: TheGrad is home to a place where educational institutions and professional companies can market and share their jobs as well as informing registered users of who they are and the benefits on offer.
• Courses to come: TheGrad has confirmed intentions of creating a realm of free and paid courses that will be aimed towards specific areas of study. Organisations will be collaborating with TheGrad to offer extraordinary courses.
So, there are some quick and easy steps to be aware of while embarking on your journey of hunting graduate schemes as well as improving your CV…
Help yourself to your future by building on your CV in the five following ways:
1. Gain some great experience that will make you even more employable (without being employed) by becoming a Student Rep. This is an effective way of getting noticed among senior staff as well as gaining invaluable experience in a particular role. Embracing responsibilities helps you to grow in so many ways, so be a representative of some kind and be proud of it.
2. Join a sports team or a community to integrate with others. Socially adapt yourself and learn skills from others to benefit from others insight. Not only will your level of fitness likely improve but you will take advantage of teamwork and dedication skills that are two highly sought-after ones in the employment industry.
3. Don’t be afraid to volunteer whether it’s by working at a local charity job, helping an animal shelter or fundraising for an important cause in your institution. Volunteering should never be overlooked: it shows that you are an all-around good person and are willing to commit your time to something other than offering you a personal satisfaction. The experience gained will be priceless and you will learn a lot about your capabilities and passion for helping.
4. Become a mentor for somebody else, which is another great way of offering a service to others. If you can include that on your CV it will likely catch a lot of attention…becoming a mentor is a fantastic way of exercising emotional intelligence, which shows you are a good listener and effective at giving advice. Supporting others and empathising are two beautiful qualities that should be earned through good-will practice.
5. Become a part of a performing arts club or organisation while studying. The biggest trait you will obtain from doing so is confidence and I think most people could always do with a little bit more of it. It will allow your soul to be open and free and your courage will rise to success. Even if you feel disheartened and disappointed with a particular performance, there is no such thing as a bad experience, it is all learning experiences.
Escape your shell, dream big and achieve big.
Improve your CV with self-reassurance that you are on the right track. Show yourself that you are willing to try even harder to stand out above others…