When you're moving from employment to employment, your shortage or sector-specific experience could be back within the selection process.
But full-time employment is not required.
If you are creative, there are plenty of ways you can highlight valuable work experience when you are producing your first CV.


Educational work placements

Placements you have participated in during your education can be underneath your educational history within your CV. Even if the experience lasts only a week or month, explain the skills or insight from your placements.

Use this experience to demonstrate your passion for a specific industry or work, discussing how you transitioned into the working environment.

Document your responsibilities during this period, stating your achievements and what you took away from this experience.


Voluntary work

Recognize any voluntary work you have completed within your CV. State how you balanced the additional responsibilities with your education and how you benefited from this work.

Consider referencing with voluntary projects, supporting charity events, helping those in need or volunteering your time to help raise donations. Add the skills You obtained, such as communication, organization or relationship building through this charitable work.


Personal projects

Reflect on any personal projects you have accomplished during your education, tailoring these to the industry you're looking to pursue.

For example, if you're considering getting into the technology sector, explain how you started a repair to a broken computer, researching suitable parts or teaching yourself how to finish the task.

Showcase your initiative and self-discipline, this is your desire to enter a certain industry.  Remember, try to avoid cliches in your writing - if you are struggling to write something effective then knowing what recruiters look for in CVs is a must for your success! 


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Part-time jobs

Part-time jobs should be documented in your CV in the exact same way you would add any full-time roles. Start with a brief summary of the role and organization, followed by a new approach to the future.

End your descriptions with any examples of your accomplishments within the role, adding credibility with specific facts or figures.


Freelance work

Freelance work could incorporate any assignments you have worked on. Showcase your entrepreneurial nature, your ability to work with clients or to deadlines and aptitude to secure work independently.

For example, if you set up a small business producing designs or logos for clients, define how you managed your workload or found clients and if possible add any client testimonials to back up your examples.

Consider adding a portfolio of your work to your application, if your freelancing work is applicable to the industry.


Impressive school projects

Add any examples of school projects where you have excelled as independent or as part of a team. Highlight your impact on the overall success of the project, detailing your contributions and the outcome of the project.  Showcase the skills You have obtained the requirements for the sector.

Andrew Fennell is a former recruiter and founder of StandOut CV - a leading advice website for student CVs, young professionals and entry-level job seekers

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