Is it too early to start building your CV? Absolutely! While it’s always best to be a little early for anything, it can be especially important to get started building your CV when you are in your early twenties. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Starting The Process
Yes, you can begin building your CV now – making a digital portfolio of your past career work, and adding relevant skills whenever you acquire them. This will help make the hunt for a full-time position following graduation, or part-time work in your chosen field, that much easier. A digital portfolio will also show prospective employers an idea of what type of person you are, in a general sense. Building a CV around your strengths and experiences will allow you to show potential employers that you have the flexibility and versatility to do the job and adapt to changing circumstances. Additionally, building your CV around your skills, as opposed to your irrelevant weaknesses will also prove to future employers that you are not easily swayed by factors such as age or gender.
Further Factors For Consideration
It is also advisable to build your CV around your key personal qualities – such as your sociability, adaptability, honesty, and so on. These soft skills are the ones that will show prospective employers that you are an easy target for employment. These soft skills are something that employers are looking for in their job applicants – and if you cannot convey these qualities, then you are leaving it to chance that they will even be able to look at your CV.
So how should you structure your CV? There are four sections to your CV: Education, Work Experience, Contact Information, and Resume/Curriculum Vitae (if you are applying for a job position). As mentioned above, your CV should only contain information about your relevant education. It should not contain any information about courses that you have taken, as these will not be considered when applying for a job position. For example, a recent college degree from somewhere like University of Chester, United Kingdom, will not be considered when applying for a post in the City of London, United Kingdom.
What To Consider When Making Your CV
When creating your CV, do not forget to include relevant information about your transferable skills. For example, if you have been in the education sector, you should include details about subjects that you have studied. Similarly, if you have transferred to the health care sector, you should indicate any related specialisations that you have undertaken. This will prove to the prospective employer that you are versatile and can be used to meet any management role. In other words, your CV will prove to the recruiter that you are well rounded, which will put you above all other applicants who have not clearly highlighted their transferable skills.
The last thing that you should ensure that you have included in your CV is your digital profile. This is basically information such as details about your professional and personal life, details about your education and work experience, details about your hobbies and interests and so on. A CV only looks professional if the various aspects of your life are highlighted in a clean, precise and concise manner. By including your digital profile, you will prove to your potential employer that not only do you have relevant work experience, but you also have a complete understanding of the way in which they wish to be managed.