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.