hey guys! talking from personal experience, this time of year can be super scary for anybody looking to move into the job world. whether you’re graduating soon and need to look for full time work, looking for summer internships or placements, or just looking to get a part time job to make some money over the summer, a solid cv is crucial. so i’m gonna share some of my tips below, i work in advertising, i’ve worked most of my career in sales, and even though i’m still fresh to the working world i hope i can give you guys some employment tips!
ok, so you need to put your contact details at the top of the page, name, phone number, email address, post code and sometimes nationality are all important to get out of the way first
if you have your degree grade, or expected grade, put education at the top. list your grade and the dates you studied at uni, and the grades, dates and subjects that you studied to a high level when you left school. this is less important for part time jobs so i would probably put it below the next section in those circumstances
past experience is next. list everywhere you’ve ever worked, whether it was a proper paid job, helping out at local events, tutoring, anything that can give insight into your skills and your character. put a couple bullet points for each job, explaining the tasks you did and what you learnt from them. the most important thing is to emphasise what skills you have and how you’ve proven them in the past.
i put other experience next, generally just volunteering, if you held a responsibility role in your school you can put that here too
skills & interests should be another section, talking about your non work related skills (but still relating these back to working). so for me, i talk about my creative hobbies like writing and music, which are important when applying for creative industries like advertising. i also talk about teaching myself arabic and adobe creative suite because languages are useful, design skills are useful, and most crucially taking initiative and embracing opportunities to learn are essential in any job that wants to see you grow
other people applying for the same jobs as you will not be handing in a 100% truthful cv. you don’t have to lie, and you shouldn’t ever ever lie on your cv because it’s not worth getting caught out. however, you’d be smart to jazz it up a bit.
every task you’ve undertaken in your life has taught you something, no matter how small. think about every job related thing you’ve ever done and think of a way to make it sound special.
for instance, i manually alphabetically organised a directors business cards during an internship. it was beyond boring. yet, now i talk about being a crucial support for the team, how i took initiative in collating their contacts into a brand new filing system to increase productivity speed. any dumb task can be chatted up.
sales is all about confidence, confidence, confidence. you have to believe you are a great candidate, it’ll come across in your writing
keep it to one page, max 2 if you’ve had a lot of previous roles. nobody wants to read that much. if it’s looking a bit long try reformatting to keep it all looking neat and succinct.
send it as a pdf, not as a word document. keeps it looking professional.
now, cover letters can be a real pain. i would suggest writing different ones for each application, even though making a generic one and editing it is easier. it’s worth it to show that you give a shit.
actually, all that really matters is giving a shit. talk about how great you are, and about how much you have to offer that they need in their company. you can phrase it in a non arrogant fashion, but at the end of the day a job application isn’t the place for humility.
talk about the company, talk about why you like it and why you want to be there. if you’re applying to a small company definitely chat about how great you think the business is, because chances are the people who run the company will actually see it. people who have their own company LOVE to hear people talk about loving their company and their idea.
all that really matters
be genuine, be passionate, be enthusiastic about the role, about the company and about yourself.
stay calm and focused on your goals, and believe in yourself and your abilities. don’t be afraid of being great, and don’t be afraid of letting people know it.
i really hope these could be of use to anybody, if there’s any tips you guys need for job huting let me know, i’ve done a lot of it!
I’m a fan of Red Hood and the Outlaws and my passion is drawing… My dream, one day is to have my art on a DC Comics cover. So I tried to make my own cover for fun lol I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST and this cover is false of course :)
In which Saiki comes across a charismatic little girl that somehow reminded him of a certain someone he was escaping from on his way home from school just now.
But he was sure he had never seen nor encountered this strange girl before in his life, so he was really troubled and bothered by the fact that this pink-haired kid caught up to him, grabbed his sleeve, and chanted with the most ecstatic voice full of glee a little toddler could muster,
TO BE CONTINUED (nah jk just a teaser for that idea where Saiki meets his future daughter)
So I’m working on a new post about Earthsea covers (and on some asks) and i found the best cover of all time. look at this majesty. look at it. I responded to some ask the other day that I couldn’t possibly do a five favorite covers post, well here it is, 1-5. like, look at that shit. that is a HUMAN-SIZED FALCON with SHAPELY DUDE LEGS in BRIGHT GREEN TIGHTS facing down A MAN DRESSED LIKE A VALENTINES DAY-THEMED JESTER while his friend walks in on the situation and decides that what he’s going to put up with today is Not This. THIS IS A REAL COVER. MULTIPLE PROFESSIONAL SOMEONES HAD TO BE LIKE ‘YEAH. THIS IS THE SCENE THAT’LL SELL THIS BOOK.’ I’M IN LOVE.
We need to talk about 1) the heart detailing on the pants 2) whatever the FUCK is happening with blue man’s pants which……. turn into gladiator sandals?? and he’s wearing light blue knee high socks under then???? 3) the bird has better legs than i do 4) the raven casually watching all of this:
TFW you’ve been catfished and ur online boyfriend w shapely calves is actually a huge falcon:
THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN TO WRITE YOU HAVE N O I D E A
summary: Ladybug and Chat Noir are on patrol for the first time since consummating their relationship as their alter egos, and the tension is getting to them.
(more nsfw in fantasies and makeouts but still)
It was a beautiful day.
The November Parisian sky was heavy and cold, clouds the colour of slate weighing down the autumn air. Every city surface was slick with a drizzle that had started early in the morning and hadn’t stopped since. Citizens scurried from shelter to shelter, huddled beneath umbrellas or in the collars of their coats.
Ladybug swung through the dreary skies above them with a laugh that was breathless and free, veins thrumming with an exhilaration that lent wings to her already weightless feet. An akuma had fallen to that excitement with astounding speed earlier that afternoon, and now she flew through her patrol with the same enthusiasm, showing no sign of tiring. Gravity had nothing on her today.
Everything was wonderful. Everything was fantastic.
First let’s address the goal of the interview. If you’ve already gotten an interview, you do not need to worry about impressing anyone with your credentials, your affluence, etc. Everything of that nature was already in your resume and cover letter.
Your goal in an interview should be to help your interviewer understand who you are as a person and employee.
Many of the people who interview you will be your direct supervisor. They are looking for someone they can work with on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, you should be yourself as much as possible. As important as it may seem to be amazing to your interviewers, it is more important to be true to you. Most theatre jobs are a per-show basis. Therefore, when a person hires you to the position, they need to know exactly what they’re getting into.
If you are a person that likes to tell jokes, bring one to your interview!
Tell stories about yourself. Give as many details as you can in these stories while still being concise. It is even good to tell a “bad” story about yourself as long as a) you can say you learned from the experience and b) you can follow up with an example on how you improved.
Leave room to breath between your responses. If your interviewer can build off what you said, you may be able to break your interview down to a conversation instead of q&a session.
Before the Interview
Prepping for the interview is just as important as actually doing the interview.
Google company, see employee or client reviews, read their mission statement, explore their website.
Look up interview questions and mock answer them in the mirror or with a friend.
Choose an appropriate outfit. Dress for the position you want. (Even if it’s a phone interview, I like to do this just because it helps me feel a little more badass.)
Make sure your website is up to speed. If you do not have a website, consider making one in the future.
Do something that helps you relax. (Most recommended: raise your hands above your head in in the “victory stance.” It’s proven to raise your testosterone and reduce stress levels!)
Like most things you do in the professional world, interviewing is a skill. You need to research it, develop it, and practice it. Every interview you go to will be different, but they all tend to follow the same structure.
The interviewer will tell you a little about her/himself, about the company they work for, and about the project or position.
The interview will ask you to tell a little about yourself. This is the perfect time for your elevator speech.
Questions for You
The interviewer will ask you some questions about you.
The interviewer will conclude their thoughts by addressing details you may have brought up in your questions.
Questions from You
The interviewer will ask if you have any final questions. Always ask at least three questions.
The interviewer will wrap up the dialogue
You should thank the interviewer their time.
Your elevator speech is your 30 second breakdown of who you are and what you do. It should be conversational, concise, and give insight about you. It should not be a recitation of your resume. The idea being that should you meet someone in an elevator, you could hand them your business card by the time they get off.
For example, my elevator speech tends to sound something like this, “Well, I recently moved from Texas to stage manage for the Cape Symphony in Hyannis. But I also have been lucky enough to work with some local theatres in between concerts. I’m currently stage managing Romeo and Juliet. I’m excited to start some other projects this summer too.”
Acknowledge your latest work
If you have future work coming up, acknowledge it
Say something unique about who you are
Try not to sound rehearsed
Questions About You
This part is pretty straight forward and will typically be the bulk of your interview. If you’re scheduling an interview, I’m sure you’ve already Googled all the typical interview questions (or if you haven’t yet, you should have).
Address the question in full. Use full sentences; anyone can give yes or no answers.
If you do not understand the question, ask for clarification (note: ask a related question, do not say, “I don’t know.”).
Try to give an an example of your work directly relating to the question.
If you do not have a story that directly relates to the question, address that but give segue into something similar. (”While I have not had the opportunity to work with in on IATSE call, I based my own crew’s regulations on the local IATSE rules.” or “I’ve been lucky enough to never have an unruly actor in rehearsal, but in my position at Forever21 I did have to console many disgruntled customers…”)
Use knowledge you have researched about the company and incorporate it directly into your answers. If you can, use similar wording on their website or job position.
Pay attention to what kinds of questions they ask; they could be clues to good questions for you to ask a the end of the interview.
The interviewer will typically say something along the lines, “That’s all I needed to ask” and then give some kind of conclusion. For me it’s usually another description of the position, sometimes with details from your answers.
Pay attention for new information.
Try to break this down into a bit of a conversation by elaborating on the new things they bring up or items you did not get to address.
Questions From You
This can be the most important part of the interview. It will show some of your critical thinking and analysis and allow for you to get to know the company you may work for. Always have three questions at the end of the interview. If some of your questions have already been addressed in the interview, do bring that up. It shows that you were prepared.
What are the main nuances you would like to see in this position?
What are the qualities you value most in this position?
How long have you worked with this company?
Do you have any reservations about my qualifications?
This one is my personal favorite. It’s a polite way of asking what will keep you from getting the position and addressing it immediately.
Always always always thank an interviewer for their time. They probably went through hundreds of emails, cover letters, resumes, portfolios, personal websites, job forums, etc. If nothing else, it’s just freakin’ polite and you should do it.
But after thanking them, tell them you look forward to hearing from them. This is a nice way of bringing up when they will contact you about the position. While it’s not bad etiquette to directly ask when there will be a follow up from the interview, I personally think it’s a little tactless.
The exception being if you are waiting to hear from other companies. If you are doing multiple interviews and are already getting offers from other companies, bring it up. This will make you seem more valuable and make it easier to negotiate pay.
After the Interview
You’re not done yet. Remember that part where I said interviewing is a skill? Now you have to analyze how it went.
Note: This does not mean you get to beat yourself up if something went wrong.
But you should look at your responses. Questions to ask yourself after an interview:
How could I have elaborated more?
Did I leave any room for uncertainty?
What was my body language like?
Did I give them a good idea of who I am?
After you’ve done this, do yoga, drink some beer, whatever it is that helps you relax at the end of the day because you did it!
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“You’ll be lucky if you can fight off an imp.”
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“Because we’re the professionals. Also, we cover medical care for any and all injuries sustained during any cataclysmic conflicts we happen to be drawn into, free of charge. Actually, technically this is all public service and free anyway, but the jingle cost us a pretty penny, so any donations would be supremely helpful.
I am desperately trying to find a job, just graduated college with a ba in government and international politics. I am actually looking into any field but my resume is lackluster. I put down duties when everyone tells me i should put down achievements but i really can't think of any great achievements from my job as a assistant manager in an ice cream store. Any advice?
You have to search within the skills you have accumulated & put them into professional terms. When I hear assistant manager, no matter where it might be, I think responsible and hardworking. Take the tasks that you accomplish daily at work, jazz them up, add them to your resume. Things that can be reworded professionally for your resume: handle money, oversee lower level employees, answer phones, help resolve employee problems, make schedules, create daily financial reports or deal with customer complaints. It may not be easy to find skills related to your major this way, but these are valuable skills that show future employers that, not only can you manage lower level employees & problems, but you also take your job seriously.
You can also do personal projects to add to your resume. I cover that really well in this blog: How to be Productive over Spring Break. Do things for the sole purpose of adding to your resume: volunteering, learning a new skill, continued education, ect.
Here are a few other blogs we have written that I think would be helpful to your situation: