Here in Ireland we are blessed with an entire three months of summer holidays. So it makes perfect sense to do something productive with that time, learn new things, make new friends and of course earn some money, If you’re looking to go to college, or you’re still in school, it’s going to be in your best interest to earn yourself some money, whether it be for schoolbooks, transport or leisure activities.
These days it can be difficult to find any job, not least a summer one. Job seeking is becoming increasingly competitive even if you’re not seeking full-time employment
The first step is to write a CV (Curriculum Vitae) CVs give basic information about you, your education, work experience, skills and achievements. Cover letters explain why you want the job and what makes you the right person for it
At first glance CV writing may seem easy, however there are a some guidelines which could make the process easier.
- Keep it simple. Print the CV in black ink on white A4 sized paper
- Send out Curriculum Vitae at the top rather than CV, and make sure to double-check the spelling.
- Use a clear, easy to read letter font like Arial or Times New Roman.
- Don’t try to put everything about yourself into the CV. Stick to two pages of the most relevant and important information.
- Start with your name and contact details at the top so that they’re easy to see.
- Make sure to include your education, qualifications, relevant jobs and work experience, achievements and interests that help prove you’ve got the right skills for the job
- Change your CV for each job you apply for. Look carefully at the job description and emphasise the skills or experience mentioned.
- Read over the finished CV a few times and make sure there are no spelling mistakes. This is extremely important, as many employers will simply throw your CV in the bin if they notice any spelling mistakes.
- Send it to yourself as well to make sure the formatting is a-ok.
- Get someone else to read it and check it for mistakes and typos before you email it off.
- Or, better still, post off a physical copy or drop it in in-person. Even if you don’t have to, some employers value that personal touch.