Pulling your CV together can be a challenge, as you consider what to include and how to stand out as a candidate by putting your work history and characteristics on a piece of paper. Aside from work experiences and where you studied, what makes a CV stand out are the additional skills (like soft skills) and also other experiences that most people tend to overlook. Think outside of the box for this content and the skills that you have, and take the initiative to gain new experiences (that you can also include on your CV!)
To boost your CV and career, here are a few things you can do and include in your CV:
Learn a new language
Language skills are incredibly sought after nowadays. If you already speak another language, be sure to add it as well your proficiency level to your CV. If you don’t know a second language yet, dedicate time developing these skills. When deciding which language to learn, consider your personal motivations. Is there a language that would be particularly helpful in your industry? For your company? For where you’d like to grow your network and find new opportunities?
Luckily, traditional classroom settings are required anymore for learning a language. You can learn a language online with tools such as apps, media, and social connection. Babbel, for example, is a language app you can use to learn so many languages, even Turkish! Apps like this are a great resource for people with limited time: the lessons may be done anywhere, at any time of the day.
Volunteering is a way to give back to the community and also show employers that you are involved, committed and well-rounded. It is also a place where you can network and meet like-minded people!
This is an opportunity to find a cause you believe in and also boost your CV and career in the process.
Do some freelance work
Freelance work is a great way to gain experience you can add to your CV and make some extra money! Find projects that add to your experience and remember to keep a portfolio so you have examples of work, etc. to show your skill development.
Take a course or get a certification
There are many continued education courses that you can do to boost your CV and tack on a certification. Consider which direction you’d like to go in your career or what interests you have, and find a course that interests you. If you get a certification, that is a bonus to add to your CV.
Many jobs require specific vocational certifications, and if you keep seeing a specific certification pop up on jobs that interest you, take this as an opportunity to advance your skill set and earn that certification.
Hint: For interviews, be sure you are ready to be asked questions about the course and what you learned!
Engage in pro bono work
Pro bono work shows significant character attributes that are attractive to potential employers and in any industry. It shows that you take initiative and that there are things important to you, outside of just money. It is also a great way to get more quality experience on your CV.
While you can say a lot on your CV through your experience, interests, and additional skills, it is incredibly important to add a personal statement to your CV. For your personal statement, keep it short and to the point. You want to highlight who you are and what your strengths are so that people can get an idea of what you bring to the table in just a few lines. If you have a hard time coming up with your personal statement, talk with your loved ones to get an idea of what strengths you have that make you unique.