Make your career profile and CV stand out

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by the Careers and Enterprise Team

It’s never too early to create or update your CV or online career profile. And with the Meet the Employers Fair just around the corner we thought we would share some of our top tips to making your profile or CV stand out.

Sell don’t tell

Whether you’re creating an online profile, creating a CV or completing a job application, it’s important to describe and evidence your skills. A great way to ensure you’re doing this effectively is to use try the S.T.A.R technique.

Describe a Situation, explain the Task, describe the Action you took and explain the Result.

Style it out

Employers will skim read your CV and pay more attention to the beginning. So when you’re creating your CV make it easy to read with strategically placed sections and headings. This will help employers access the information they need quickly.

Not sure where to start? Take a look at our example CVs for inspiration or try our CV flow chart to find the CV style to suit you.

Bring it to life

Inject some oomph into your CV or profile with action words. A good selection of verbs will make any profile or CV sound more dynamic. It’ll also help keep sentences short and snappy for a more memorable read and better impact

Hit the target

A ‘good’ CV should be targeted! So tailor your CV or profile to your industry and include the relevant skills and knowledge you might need. When applying for jobs, tweak your CV for each role to cover what’s laid out in job advert or description.

Our CV basics video guide tells you how best to do this!

And finally check for success

Check your profile and CV for spelling, grammar and formatting errors. If you’re worried use CV360 for instant, in-depth Artificial Intelligence (AI) feedback and a score that mirrors Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) used by employers.

For more careers advice, tips and resources, visit our Careers Toolkit and make sure you register for the Meet the Employers Fair!

Get involved with UWE Enterprise Festival

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by the Student Ventures Team

Employers are increasingly looking for students and graduates with unique and adaptable skill sets to join their organisations. It’s about identifying opportunities, creating ideas and putting them into practise.

Here at Student Ventures we run a range of events, workshops, mentoring and funding competitions throughout the year to help you build those skills or get your idea off the ground.

And from Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February you can get involved in one of our biggest events of the year, UWE Enterprise Festival.

Join us for a celebration of all things enterprising at UWE. Develop your enterprising skills, apply for funding, network with entrepreneurs and attend a host of workshops and events during a packed week of activity.

Here are just some of the events you can get involved in throughout the week:

Dragons Den Pitching competition

In partnership with Santander, we will be holding our annual Dragons’ Den style pitching competition. This is an opportunity for up to ten of the best student ideas to pitch their project or business, with the chance of winning cash prizes of up to £5,000 for your business!

This competition will be launching for applications during Enterprise Festival.

Be Your Own Boss Workshop

The BYOB series is designed to help you to develop your own business, project or to hone your skills. This session covers the Business Model Canvas, a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.

Above and Beyond – a BAME Alumni panel event

This event aims to give enterprising students a vision of life beyond university. With a fantastic panel of BAME UWE alumni who have left university to go on and work for themselves, they will be offering first-hand experience and top tips. This discussion will also be exploring the realities of life after graduation and starting an enterprise as part of the BAME community. Both alumni and students attending will have the chance to ask questions and network with each other.

This event is great for all students who want to explore their creativity and potentially start an enterprise of their own.

Your Future in Freelancing Workshop

This session will look at creating a business model creatives and start-ups. Taking you through a tried and tested tool, this session will allow you to examine where there are gaps in your plans and what your next steps could be.

For more information visit our event page.

Your February Feel Good Focus

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by the Feel Good Team

We’re excited to announce our annual programme for Feel Good February, here to help you start the year in a healthy way. And with the ongoing UK lockdown, we believe that this might be the most important Feel Good February to date.

February is also LGBT+ History Month, an annual observance and celebration of the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights movement. This year’s theme is ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ and there will be opportunities for everyone within the UWE community to get involved. We hope that you can attend some of the events and show your support!

Feel Good February

Over the month we will be bringing you a series of free activities and events designed to inspire and empower you to ‘feel good’ and look after your health and wellbeing!

This year will look a little different, with all our events running virtually. However, this means that all the events are accessible from wherever you are in the world, with a hope that you can feel part of the UWE community and perhaps even meet some new faces!

Inspired by the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ designed by the World Health Organisation, the Feel Good team will be running four themed weeks over February focusing on relaxing, eating well, getting active and trying something new.

So why are these themes important? Here are some reasons why relaxing, eating well, getting active, and trying something new, can have a huge positive impact on your wellbeing!

Relax

  • Managing stress is vital for your mental health and wellbeing.
  • It’s a positive thing to talk, seek help, or engage in activities that benefit your mental health.
  • Everybody deserves a break and taking time out can re-energise you.
  • Manage your stress levels with self-care strategies that work for you.

Everyone has their own ways to relax and we’ll empower you to find yours!

Eat Well

  • How energised and healthy you feel is down to how you fuel your body.
  • Eating a balanced diet is good for mental and physical health.
  • Try going veggie or vegan to help the environment.
  • Stay hydrated for a healthy body and a clear mind.

We’ll be sharing healthy recipes and tips to help you eat well!

Get Active

  • Exercise boosts your mood by releasing ‘feel good’ endorphins.
  • Regular activity is a great way to manage stress and let off some steam.
  • Getting outdoors is proven to be really beneficial for your mental health.
  • Its also great for connecting with others at an exercise class, sports club or walk (socially distanced of course).

Get involved with some of the virtual activities taking place or just grab some shoes and go for a walk.

Try something new

  • Challenge yourself with a new activity -you’ll leave feeling accomplished.
  • Connect with new people who share your interests.
  • Get involved in your community, not only can you gain valuable skills but it’ll also improve your sense of wellbeing.

We have a huge range of exciting activities you can get involved in.

Our February recommendations

Podcast: Venetia la Manna’s Talking Tastebuds

In this episode Venetia La Manna chats to a special guest Kenny Ethan Jones. As an activist and model, Kenny was the first trans man to front a period campaign and in the episode he discusses body politics, mental health and intimacy.

Film: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of black, gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson.