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Including non-work related experiences on your CV

It can be difficult, especially at the beginning of your career, to prove yourself as a viable candidate when you are yet to amass the kind of experience that would demonstrate this.

Posted by William Ong, Sales Recruiter, Monday April 4 2016

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It can be difficult, especially at the beginning of your career, to prove yourself as a viable candidate when you are yet to amass the kind of experience that would demonstrate this. However, you might be surprised to hear how relevant some of the skills developed in your personal and social life are to the jobs you are applying for. Not only are recruiters looking for a well-rounded person but you are likely to have picked up a plethora of valuable experience, just not necessarily inside an office.

Leadership

It can take years of working your way up the career ladder before you are put in charge of managing a team. However, there is a strong chance you may have already done this in another capacity and, if not, it is worth seeking out voluntary opportunities to do so, which are often readily available.

University is a time when you were likely to have done this - were you on the committee of a society? Were you captain of a team? Did you lead a group coursework project? All of these activities demonstrate experience of leading and managing other people, even if you haven't been CEO of a company before. You might not be applying for a management role but showing recruiters and potential employees that you can bring out the best in other people, as well as in yourself, will make you shine as a team player.

Time management

Landing your dream job can be stressful. Suddenly there is a lot riding on your success and you might feel swamped with unfamiliar tasks. Recruiters are going to want to be sure that you can handle the pressure of a demanding role but, conversely, it is often the time leading up to this which can really demonstrate your ability to multitask.

Think about the times when you might have been working while simultaneously interning and trying to job hunt and maybe studying on the side too. Feel confident that these times, when you were hustling to get to where you want to be, have equipped you to deal with the demands of workplace responsibility. For more information on marketing recruitment in London, get in touch.  

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