How to Boost Your CV Whilst at University
Here are some of the most popular and easiest ways to start building your CV whilst at university.
Take part in extracurricular activities. Many universities have a huge variety of clubs, societies and sports teams available for their students to join. Whether it joining the football team or writing for the student newspaper it can be beneficial for your CV as it shows your commitment and that you can invest your time into something outside of your studies that isn’t your social life. You could even go further by taking up a leadership role in a group where you can strengthen your leadership skills and create other transferable skills that can be talked about in an interview.
Take on extra projects like starting your own business. Starting a business at university will really improve your job prospects regardless of how successful it is. It shows you have an entrepreneurial spirit, and this will make you stand out as someone who’s innovative and driven
Volunteer for a cause of your choice. Volunteering is always a great way to make your CV stand out as it shows that you have great time-management skills and are willing to give up your free time for a good cause. It can be unrelated to your degree as the experience builds on your transferable skills such as communication, team work and shows your dedication.
Start a part time job. Having a part time job whilst studying shows that you have good work ethic, are able to manage a large work load, prioritise tasks and your commitment to doing well. Find a job that allows you flexible hours and is manageable alongside studying such as working in a café or as a shop assistant. Again, this doesn’t need to be related to future career path as it will build your skillset regardless. Although this is a good way to build your CV it’s not essential; so if part time work is affecting your studies don’t stress yourself out.
Get involved in student internships and work experience. Gaining experience in a real working environment is priceless and valued by all employers. Many companies offer short work experience placements to give students an insight into day-to-day operations. Even if you’re not sure which career path you’d like to go down its important to get a feel for the working world. While these placements are usually unpaid, you learn lots of new things, meet people in the industry, and prove to future employers that you’re committed to developing.
Use your social media. Social media is becoming more and more important in the workplace and knowing how to use it is considered a big plus by employers. Build up a strong social media presence across different platforms and include the links to your accounts in your CV so your potential employers can get an insight into your interests and social media skills. Platforms such as LinkedIn can also be used to connect with potential employers and is a good way to get your CV out there.