You’re always being told you need to add skills to your CV, get some more experience, build up your volunteering hours…all easier said than done, right?
That’s why we’re here! We’re here to offer you some friendly advice, we know how hard it is to get work experience in most sectors (trust me, we’ve all been there). The environmental sector is a particularly tough sector to crack so we’ve put together 5 tips to help you on your way to landing your dream job.
1-Experience really is key
Sorry, we know you hear this all the time, but it really is important to get as much experience in the sector you’re looking to go into as you can. For all of you looking to go in to the environmental sector, we have just the experience for you!
We’ve got free environmental auditor training up for grabs. In the morning you will be fully trained in auditing and the necessary skills and then, after a free lunch (who doesn’t love free food??), you’ll set out and conduct at least one audit in the afternoon, putting your training to use!
Find out more and sign up to the environmental auditor training and improve your CV now!
So, after our quick plug, it is important to note that you don’t have to get experience in exactly what you want to go into after you graduate. So, you want to be a newsreader but can’t get the BBC to let you have a spot on the morning news, don’t worry – writing news articles for a local organisation is a great start. You wan’t to be the next David Attenborough, helping out at a local environmental charity is a good way to go. We won’t go on but I’m sure you catch our drift.
2- Stay positive
Okay, we know this one’s a bit cringey but it is true and an important one to remember. Try not to get too down after you’ve sent out 20 job applications and only heard back from 1 company who have said no, you’re not the only one and you certainly won’t be the last. It’s hard, but brush it off and write another application. The more CV’s and applications you get out there, the more chance you have of finding that perfect job.
3-Keep your CV up to date
Again, you’ve heard it all before but if you’re not doing this then you really need to start . Make sure your CV is perfect, and mix it up depending on which role you’re applying for. Applying for a corporate job? Keep your CV professional and straight to the point, applying at a nursery, then get some more of your personality in the application…play it by ear and adapt to the job’s you’re looking at.
Volunteering is a great way to get some additional skills onto your CV, whilst doing something positive and helping someone out at the same time.
QMSU volunteering has some great roles in the local area so keep your eyes peeled, they have something for all interests and time commitments. There’s usually something that you can link back to the sector you’re looking to work for and, if not, then at least it shows you’re a good human.
5-It’s all about transferable skills
You might not think that working at a bar part-time whilst studying is going to help your job application but it really can, think about all the things that you can pull out and use to demonstrate certain skills. That bar job has showed that you can work well in a team, cope with difficult customers and that you work extremely well under pressure and you didn’t even know it!
So, we hope this has helped in your quest of landing your dream job. Do you have any top tips for improving your CV? Let us know in the comments below!