The chances are that you won’t have much experience to put on your CV, or to tell potential employers about if you haven’t had a proper job yet. All is not lost though as, with a bit of creative thinking, you can turn your experiences and things you do into transferable skills an employer is looking for.
What about the musical instrument you’ve recently picked up? The ‘practice makes perfect’ theory is exactly what employers want as a quality in their staff – determination. It’s also a great indication that you’re creative, have great listening skills and have the desire to learn outside of school or college.
Remember the volunteering you did last Summer? Volunteering can change the way you see the world, and can therefore give you a broader perspective and a real sense of community. Not only does volunteering create the perfect team worker, but it can also develop networking and leadership skills too.
What about if you haven’t done any of these activities? Did you play any team sports either at school or outside? Well just like musicians, athletes never give up and are great at managing their time. People who play team sports work well with others and develop strong communication skills… not to mention they’ll work hard to achieve their goals.
- Almost anything you do, you can develop into a work-placed skill.
- Even just mentioning these in your CV and covering letter will create a better overall impression of yourself – remember, it’s all about selling yourself.