Things that pimp up your CV/resume other than work experience

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Work experience is not that important because people hire people. The only problem is that your experience is a very big hurdle that you need to overcome before you get your interview. People hire people, but to make an impression, you need to get an interview first.

If you have the most suitable attitude and a personality, then you will get the job before an experienced person, but you need to get the interview first. Here are a few things you should tell your future employer. Add these to your CV, and you will dramatically improve your chances of getting an interview so that you may wow your future employer and show that your lack of experience is not a flaw, it makes you a blank piece of marble that your employer may carve into a superior employee.

Tell Them If You Studied Abroad

The University of California says that 97% of their students that studied abroad found a job within 12 months of leaving college. They also said that 25% start their new job with a higher than usual wage, and that 80% of them feel they are better at adapting to a new and diverse working environment.

Tell Them You Adapt To New Environments Easily

A typical manager wants somebody that fits in well and gets along with people. Openly state that you handle new situations well and that you thrive in new environments. Try to make yourself appear sociable and friendly, especially through your extra-curricular activities.

Tell Them How Active You Are

A study in the UK showed that employers are less likely to hire overweight and obese people. The most commonly accepted reason is that overweight and obese people are typically assumed to be lazy. If you are overweight, you need to make a big deal about how active you are. Make your future employer think you are fat because you like large portions rather than because you like to sit back and let other people do all the hard work.

Tell Them You Are Willing To Move Closer

Proximity to the workplace matters. It is probably because employers are so used to hearing travel-related reasons for being late and/or missing work, that they like to eliminate that excuse wherever possible. If you live near to the workplace, then mention it prominently in your CV. If you do not, then mention how great getting the job will be because you are planning to move to that area.

Tell Them About Your Child-Rearing Plans

In a survey of 500 managers, just fewer than 40% say they steer clear of hiring younger women to avoid maternity leave. If you are a young women, there is no way around this, but you may be able to mediate the impact. If you have kids, tell them that you have had your kids and you are planning no more. If you do not have kids, then explain your child-rearing plans, such as how you want them in X years after you have paid off your house.

Tell Them About Your Excellent Absenteeism Rate

If you have attended work and/or school and/or college and you have had no sick days and no days off, then tell your employer. Employee sick days are the bane of most employers’ life. Prove that you are not going to be a problem for your employer by showing off your fantastic attendance record. Most employers know (or suspect) that 78% of employees who call in sick are not actually ill.

Tell Them About Your Soft Skills

After helping thousands of students complete their college assignments, the teams at College Essays scholaradvisor are often inundated with requests for help from previous student customers that have graduated and are still unable to get jobs through inexperience. Their team suggests promoting your soft skills. Mention your coachability, your emotional intelligence, your motivation and your temperament. Of the companies interviewed by Leadership IQ, 26% of new hires fail because of poor coachability, 23% fail because of emotional intelligence issues, 17% fail through being under motivated, and 15% fail because of their poor temperament.

Final Thoughts

While you work on getting a job, also volunteer your time and mark it down as experience. Keep working on your CV. Change and improve it. Keep what works and remove what doesn’t. Send out numerous versions of your CV and record which have the best results and which flop. If you make a point of perpetually improving your CV, you will start seeing a big improvement in how many interviews you get. 

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