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Improving your CV - Volunteering and Getting Involved

on Sun, 02/19/2017 - 21:50
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Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an essential when you’re looking for work. It is a brief portfolio of you; an account of your education, qualifications, interests, and previous occupations. If you’re serious about getting a job after college, you need to build an impressive CV that highlights all your greatest aspects.


As important as your education is to a CV, it will only bring you so far. That is to say, a degree will get you the interview, your extra curricular activities will get you the job. Employers are not only looking for the brightest worker, but someone that they will be able to work with themselves for the foreseeable future. No one wants a boring co-worker. The little bits of volunteering you do can leave an employer with a great impression of you


To really make your CV stand out from the crowd you need to add in all the volunteering you do. Not involved in much? Well its time to start.  What you do outside of your education says more about you than you might realise to a potential employer. For example, they could read that you were the captain of the mountaineering club; sounds like you’re liked by your peers enough to be voted captain, you’re adventurous, active, organised, the list goes on. Getting involved with clubs and societies can give you a platform to be recognised by potential employers. The Law Society in NUIG for example work directly with Law firms that some students hope to work for after their degree. This gives that student an immediate advantage over another Law student who just finished their degree with no extracurricular experience. This is also an example where volunteering can lead to direct job opportunities.


Getting involved is extremely easy, especially in NUIG. Societies and Clubs are more than happy to see new members. Charities will never refuse an extra set of hands to help out. So there is really no reason why you can’t get some experience.