Curating your CV suitcase

Packing is something that can be seen as either laborious or exciting. Your CV suitcase needs to be enticing so that when a potential employer unpacks it, they get excited to see what you can bring to the table. A CV suitcase is your portfolio. It’ll include your CV but will carry more detail in the display of work you’ve done than a CV will. So, how do you pack your CV suitcase without forgetting any of the necessities?

Attention to detail

The foundation to any work you’ve done comes from the grounding of knowledge you’ve built. You may have done A-levels and/or GCSEs but what will set you apart is the sourcing of information you’ve gathered yourself to best expand your knowledge and skill set further. This could be volunteering in a certain environment or, perhaps taking free courses online that fixate onto a specific skill gap you may have. Including this in your CV suitcase will show your employer how you have expanded your knowledge from your own initiative.

Tailoring a project

Once you’ve built your knowledge from a variation of different pursuits the next and arguably, the most important thing to pack in your suitcase is a tailored project. A tailored project is a specific project targeted to the job type you’re applying for. Your project must incorporate the skills you’ve learnt which has been developed into an intricate initiative. The greatest projects will show the works of different elements that best align the job type you’re applying for.

The layout for your project may include:

  • A description of the task with aligned targets to the job type
    • This means when you outline the task, the goals for the project need to be in line with the ones for the job you’re applying for.
  • Varied research with references
    • The best research formula will consist of primary and secondary research because it provides greater accuracy.
  • Evidence of undertaking and curating the task
    • By thoroughly explaining the task you are doing and why, it will help tell the story of your project to a potential employer. Here you can get as creative as you’d like to tell your story. It could be told through the written word, videography, or a mix of both. This is your time to really capture your target audience.
  • Findings and improvements in a presentation
    • Finalising your outcomes in a presentation shows precision and that you’re thinking ahead to what this may concern for the business in the future.

By taking the different, careful steps to build your project you can create accurate and original outcomes which, in turn shows a potential employer the outcomes you could generate for their business.

With a CV suitcase packed full of knowledge and a detailed display of work you should find yourself in a confident position to wow your potential employers. All there is left to do now is apply for the golden opportunities!

Priya Patel

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