Think about times when you completed tasks or acted in a way that would be of benefit to an employer.
- Think carefully when choosing the best examples from your work experience history.
- On your very first résumé for a part-time job, while you are still at school, it is okay to simply list details of your volunteering, community and/or sporting activities in your job application. Including this information shows employers you can balance lots of activities and manage your time. Tell them what you achieved and how this applies to the job.
- Beyond school it’s a different matter. Only include details about volunteering and other extra-curricular activities if they are relevant to the employer and/or the job.
- If you are trying to break into a competitive field, think about ways to build up relevant work experience.
You can do this by:
- choosing courses that include quality work experience placements
- finding voluntary work that builds your skills and abilities
- taking a lower-level job in your chosen field and working your way up.
- Show employers you have a good work ethic and are open to new opportunities.
Careers often emerge from a series of seemingly unrelated work experiences. If you have changed jobs a number of times, you will need to help employers and recruiters understand how your work experience is relevant to their job. Maybe your mixed work experience demonstrates you are a good learner who can adapt to new environments quickly? Perhaps it shows you have a strong work ethic and you are good at taking the opportunities available to you?
These tools can help you:
…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.