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How to enhance your CV to land your first job

Job searching can be a daunting and depressing rollercoaster, especially if you don’t have an abundance of work experience.  When you finally spot a perfect opportunity, there’s only one tool that’ll help you stand out from the crowd of applicants: your resume. But how can you enhance your CV if you’re just starting to climb your career ladder?

Here are a few tips that’ll help you add some spark to your resume and hopefully highlight what you’re able to bring to the table!

Tips to enhance your CV

Enrol in additional courses

Specializing in a particular area can help pad out your resume and help enhance your CV by showing that you’re employable and qualified. It also allows you to narrow down the focus of your job hunt. It’s much easier to find jobs in sectors where there’s a higher demand than supply of skills. Get certified with relevant credentials for the industry you’re focusing on. Tests, certificates, and short courses are all great tools that can help you get your foot in the workforce’s door.

Volunteer

If you’ve got a lot of empty spaces on your CV, volunteering can help add some pzazz to those blanks. You’ll gain valuable experience, attributes you can use to market yourself. And it the very least, it’ll give you something to do during your downtime while you’re still searching for the perfect job!

Add apprenticeship or seasonal work experience

As a graduate or someone shifting career lanes, you probably don’t have heaps of experience yet. But this isn’t the end of the world. Even though you might not deem it essential, seasonal work and apprenticeship experience can add a lot of value to your resume. This shows potential employers that you’ve got “real life” experiences, and you’re a dedicated employee.

Add extramural accomplishments

If you took a gap year after school, you’d need to indicate the positive benefits of this experience on your CV. You can describe this experience as one that taught you to plan and budget, not to mention working with logistics. There are a lot of skills and achievements you can tease out here. Make sure they represent you in the best light and enhance your CV!

Avoid the biggest CV pitfalls

While it’s a great idea to enhance your CV with the life experiences and skills you gained before entering the workforce, it’s never okay to lie on your resume. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make when applying for jobs. You also want to avoid using phrases that just about every CV drawn up before 2010 contained. These include hard worker, work independently, team player, problem solver, good communicator, proactive, and a good listener. Potential employers want to know what kind of skills and experience you bring to the table. Don’t add your personality traits to your CV.

Final thoughts

You can easily enhance your CV, even if you don’t have years of experience in the industry you’re targeting. Don’t allow yourself to feel defeated by your lack of experience. Also, remember your existing skills like computer savvy, design, or something like music, which you might have gained while you finished university! Once you’re got your CV ready and ramped up, start browsing Adzuna’s listings and applying for the roles that match your skills and career goals!