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Top 5 things to help boost your CV

Summer’s only just around the corner, but September is going to be here before you know it (sorry). If you want to use this time wisely, there are lots of things you can do to help boost your CV.

1 – VOLUNTEERING

Take a look at volunteering opportunities in your area. Ask in local charity shops, or try a nearby animal shelter. As well as helping others, volunteering has been proven to raise self-esteem and build confidence.

Volunteering will give you lots of examples of communication and teamwork to talk about in interviews. It will also demonstrate reliability and commitment – two things that are important to all employers!

2 – GET A PART-TIME JOB

All the skills of volunteering with the added bonus of money in your pocket! Previous employment will look great on your CV and help develop your interview technique.

If you can find something related to the field you want to work in, even better!

3 – ORGANISE AN EVENT

You could use this to raise money for charity, or just for fun. Put on a gig or a club night, run a quiz, a fashion show, a bake sale… Use your imagination! This will look great on your CV as it demonstrates organisation and leadership skills.

If you deal with the promotion and marketing yourself (making posters or running a Facebook page, for example) you will develop a whole other group of skills too!

4 – LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE

Learning a foreign language looks really impressive on your CV, especially if it’s a bit unusual, and there are loads of websites and free apps to get you started.

If you want something a bit more intense, you could even boost your language skills with a residential language school in the country where the language is spoken!

5 – TAKE UP A NEW HOBBY

A wide range of interests tells employers that you can adapt to different situations. Show that you can work in a team by joining an amateur football team. Demonstrate that you are disciplined and reliable by learning a musical instrument. If you need to prove that you have good IT skills, set up your own website or blog.

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