More and more graduates are taking time out after their studies to see the world – but how does this look to an employer or recruiter?
The move from University or school straight into work can be a culture shock for some. Travelling often softens the blow by helping you develop character traits and skills that you will need in the workplace: independence, communication skills and adaptability.
Your prospective employer will be able to make deductions about you from your travelling. Additionally, someone who has been travelling is usually perceived to be open-minded, resilient and curious, which are all great things to be in the workplace.
Whether you’re a footballer, a tennis player or even an Ultimate Frisbee champion, being involved in sporting activities can show recruiters that you are competitive, driven, motivated and, depending on the sport, a team player. Any achievements you have within a sport, whether on an individual or team level, will demonstrate that you are a committed and passionate person, and these are indispensable attributes for many roles.
Many students and graduates often take the opportunity to be involved in charity work or volunteering, which is not only fantastic for the wider community, but can really make a job application stand-out. You can learn a lot by taking part in charity schemes: you can learn about other people, develop empathy and humility and boost your communication skills. All in all, this can really help you become a more rounded person – which recruiters will take note of. When an employer sees charity work on your CV or application, they will know you are a caring, enthusiastic people-person.
Those involved in societies are usually outgoing, sociable people who have a passion for a particular subject or activity. If you have experience of starting or leading a society or club, you’re bound to impress anyone reviewing you as a job candidate with your leadership skills, influence and drive.
The digital world gets bigger and bigger every day, and social media is now commonplace both inside and outside of work. Personal blogging is a hobby that may seem irrelevant to a job application, however, depending on the job you’re applying for, it can highlight valuable skills and characteristics. For example, creativity, good writing skills, motivation and commitment are all required to maintain a blog or page, and if you run a particularly successful or popular site, this shows that you understand how to market or promote. Don’t underestimate the power of a blog!
Is your hobby not included in this list? Don’t panic! If you think cleverly about how you describe your hobby, and consider carefully the skills and traits it requires, then you can make it work to your advantage whilst on the job hunt. On the other hand, if you don’t have any hobbies, awards or achievements to include on your CV, then it may be worth getting involved in something you will enjoy.
As a Graduate seeking employment, you need to make yourself shine. There’s a lot of competition out there and using your hobbies to highlight your talents and character is a great way to stand out from the pack.
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