Tailoring is making your CV fit a specific job at a particular organisation, like a tailor makes a piece of clothing fit an individual client. Remember the average employer reads your CV for 30 seconds in the first long-listing, so everything you say needs to be relevant and make an impact!
1. Research the job and organisation. Check out our advice here.
2. Identify the skills they’re looking for. Try the person specification for a list of essential skills. If there isn’t one, do some detective work with the job description (for example, if a job requires inputting data you will need to demonstrate attention to detail) or use Prospects job profiles.
3. Demonstrate each required skill with evidence in your application.
But how does this work in practice? Let’s look at tailoring one experience for three different roles, drawing on experience gained working as a Sales Assistant for Oxfam International.
The Object Challenge was run at the Engineering&IT fair by the Basecamp team who help students improve their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills. Students were given one week to come up with a creative idea to add value to a split pin (traditionally used to hold paper together) and upload a 90 second video of their idea to YouTube.
Trying to come up with an idea that would give value to a split pin was a challenge. All our initial ideas were very obvious and weren’t creative enough to stand out. We struggled for some time trying to come up with a way to use/manipulate the item and then potentially ‘sell’ the item in the short video. But we found these ideas very limiting. So, we decided to try and think outside of the box to come up with a winning idea. After some thought, we realised that the presentation would be taking place on Halloween, so we decided to go with a Halloween themed object. This way we could have some fun with the concept, whilst also giving the split pin some added spiritual value.
I think it’s safe to say that I was feeling rather panicked before I got some advice from the Careers Service at University. In fact, I feel panicked is a slight understatement – I was absolutely convinced that I was doomed to a life of unemployment and/or a job that sucked out my soul. Luckily, the Careers Service managed to help me out a bit.
Alex secured a role with Selfridges as a Front End Developer after graduating in 2015 with a BSc Politics and the Bristol PLUS Award under his belt.
“The Bristol PLUS Award encouraged me to pursue hours of paid work which helped populate my CV and gave me experience of what to expect in an office. It also helped prepare me with examples that I could talk about in my interview, to help showcase various efforts I made in trying to gain employment.
A group of our entrepreneurial students won both prizes (‘Most Innovative’ and ‘Most Profit’) in our £10 Challenge for Start-up week – A five day challenge to make as much profit as possible with just ten pounds. James Mulholland, Olivia Brooks, Ryane Tully and Anders Morris put their enterprise skills into action with a soya candle-making venture which James Mulholland wrote a blog post about below:
How we turned a tenner into £152 in 6 days.
Each year, Bristol University runs a ‘£10 challenge’ where teams compete to make as much money as possible from a £10 investment in under a week. Since I’m looking to maximise my business experience before I graduate in the summer, I thought I’d have a go at getting a team together to give it a shot.Once I’d teamed up with Liv, Ryane and Anders, we sat down to pick an idea and quickly settled upon candle-making. With Mother’s Day that week, Liv already having knowledge in the area and there being lots of opportunities to do things in a DIY way, candles looked like the perfect opportunity.
If all products were the same, how would we choose between them?
A unique selling point – USP – is the attribute that makes a product different from and more attractive than its competitors.
Just as big brands need to hook buyers in with their USPs, job applicants need to find ways to catch the eye of recruiters. So, when applying for jobs, this means showing employers what makes you different, ensuring you stand out from the crowd.
Management consultancy is a popular career choice for Bristol graduates, but many students ask us what it actually is, and what it involves. We got a chance to find out a bit more about the sector, and what it’s like to work within it, at our Investment Banking and Management Consultancy Evening last month.