STUDENT STARTER PACK – WORK
Kamil Kubiak, Co-Founder @ Dublin4You
You’re reading this because you need to find a job. The money you brought over is running out fast and your expenses are only rising. We’ve all been there, no need to worry. Let’s start with the first step of finding a job, your CV. This article is just an introduction to the process of writing a CV as an international student in Dublin.
Start With You
Firstly let’s take a step back from conventional CV writing tips and guides, let’s just think. Take a blank piece of paper and write down, the top 5 things you are good at and like doing. Are you good at maths, do you like drawing, maybe you love playing video games or partying. That’s your starting point. It would be great if you can find a job doing even just one of those things, wouldn’t it? Well, let’s be realistic, you’re a student and you probabbly aren’t going to be working at your dream job from day one but neither should you. There are other things to focus on for now. With those 5 things you at least have an idea where to look and what key strenghts to hightligh on your CV. You certainly don’t want to land a job out of desperation.
It’s simple, tell the employer you can do the job and do it well.
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Make Yourself Relavant
If you’re applying for a job as a barista, think about what your future manager would expect from you. If you can’t think of anything, simply read through the job requirements and work with that. Let’s say these things are attention to detail, going above and beyond for the customer and being reliable. You should consider shaping your about me, hobbies and work experience sections in terms of the requirements for this job.
Your Experience In Your Own Country Matters But Don’t Focus On It Too Much.
You might have some relevant experience from your country which will show the potential employer that you are suitable for the job. A common mistake many newcomers in Dublin make is to list everything they have done in their home country without relating it back to the job position they are applying for. It might be common sense to you but just keep it in mind as you begin writing or reviewing your CV.
Create Something Great
Writing a CV is not a very exicting process, we get that. But no point telling yourself that. Think of the CV as your key to getting the income you need to survive in here. Dedicate some time in the morning, get rid of all distractions, open your text editor of choice and get started. If you get really stuck don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s your room mate or us. Don’t expect someone to write it for you without pay, but an opinion can go a long way and usually costs nothing!
Now that you’re ready, it’s time to read Pawel’s article on what it takes to make your CV stand out in the real world.
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