Improving Your CV at EHU

As I’m sure you’ve been told many times before, your CV is an important document, and making sure it is well fleshed out is part of what makes a good CV. Any volunteering or part time work will show commitment, as well as any skills you’ve picked up along the way. These could be specialised (relating to your job, like for instance, waiting tables) or generalised (things such as teamwork and responsibility). In any case, you should have numerous opportunities to further bolster your CV throughout your time at Edge Hill University.

The Careers Centre on campus, currently located in the Student Information Centre (SIC), can provide assistance in acquiring a part-time job in the surrounding areas whilst at university, through the use of lists of availabilities; insight into the best places and websites to check for openings; and interview tips. Additionally, they can also help with finding volunteer work. For example, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust have a centre called the Martin Mere Wetland Centre that accepts volunteers to assist with various aspects of their conservation work, from helping in the visitor centre to maintaining the grounds.

To make sure you get some basic help with CVs and future prospects, someone from the Careers Centre comes into a lecture once or twice a year, to provide that vital information. Then you can, of course, book an appointment with a Careers Advisers for a one to one, more personal, conversation about where your future is headed.

Accompanying the campus Careers Centre, there is the careers centre website. The website has many features, from “ask a question” where you can get feedback on your CV, amongst other things, to the lists of resources and opportunities – some of which are at Edge Hill themselves.

There are numerous opportunities at Edge Hill for part time work, I myself have worked for both the Money Advice Team and the Student Recruitment Team, as well as being part of the Student Casual Bank. Then there is also the chance to work on open days, applicant visit days, and giving campus tours to prospective students throughout the year.

In short, Edge Hill provides many ways to better yourself and have that show on your CV, whilst providing you with the tools to make sure your career is heading in the direction that you want it to.

 

Making the most of your time.

It’s all well and good having a paid job to help you throughout your time at university, but I would also advise looking for voluntary or work experience when you have a week or two free. (like now during Easter!) It really looks good on your CV and without a shadow of a doubt, you will learn some extra skills.

The only problem is finding the time to get to look for it to fit it in. But that is where the ‘Student Information Centre’ at Edge Hill comes in! They are really helpful if you ever want to look for any volunteering or work experience work. They can also go over your CV’s and cover letters too, to make sure it promotes you at your best, before you send them off to potential employees.

Work experience really sets your CV apart from everybody else’s when it comes to looking for jobs! I’ve been lucky enough to have done a couple of weeks work experience in a Law department, which allowed me to gain valuable knowledge of how the Law I’ve studied works in day to day cases.

But, of course the work experience or voluntary work you want to do doesn’t necessarily have to be relevant to your degree! Your CV is there to show all different types of skills and qualities that you possess. For instance, I’m studying Law here, but the summer of 2013 I did ‘Camp America’ for 3 months, which is really nothing law related at all, but it shows a little bit of my personality, which is something employers want to see too!

I sometimes forget that in just over a month I will have finished my exams, and I will be looking for full time employment! Between now and then, I’m still pushing myself to get some other voluntary work done. But, just a little advice, try and do as many things as possible that make you you! 

Good luck! 🙂