Job hunting can be a time-consuming process and creating a Curriculum Vitae aka a CV can help in the process of getting your summer job. A good CV will help you get an interview, it’s always a good idea to know your CV inside out, in case your employer has questions. It should show the employer that you have the skills required for the job advertised and a little bit about yourself. So, what can you do to make sure you secure that summer job and start making some money?
The most important thing to remember is that you want your CV to be relevant. Show off the marketable skills you have that best match the job description and will be most useful to an employer. For example, if you’re applying for a job in digital media, include any computer or software skills. If you’re applying for a job in the hospitality/service industry, include communication skills, or any relevant work experience such as waitressing or bar tending.
Don’t forget to include any relevant education, it is an extremely important element of your CV. If you’ve just completed secondary level education, include your most recent exam results (such as Leaving Cert or Junior Cert) and any work experience you might have completed in Transition Year. If you’re in college, any extra-curricular activities you might have done. A good CV should be clear, well written, short and to the point.
The header of your CV should include your name and contact details, such as an email address and a phone number. Feel free to include a link to your LinkedIn profile, but make sure it is up to date and relevant. A CV should be no more than two pages. Don’t forget to include contact details for your references – these are people that can vouch for your experience and skills if a potential employer contacts them asking about you. They can be your school principal, your previous/current employer or a supervisor from your work experience.
So now that you have your CV, how about getting that summer job? There is an endless list of websites that can alert you to any new job openings you may be interested in. If you’re recently out of college and looking for something related to your degree, gradireland.com is a great place to begin the job hunt. Specifically tailored for recent graduates, it also provides tips on securing a job as well as alerting you to any new job offerings linked to your interests. Of course, it is always important to have a LinkedIn profile as it can help build your network of contacts and notify you to any new jobs.
Now that your CV is looking well and you know where to look, get searching! There are thousands of job listings out there, and there will be always one shaped to your skillset. Good luck and happy hunting!