Written by Sophie Down | September 1, 2014
It can be a struggle to put your CV together after your summer of fun, but it is time well spent focusing on how your last few months have helped you gain valuable experience towards your career.
So you’ve just finished your season in Kavos, the holiday blues have kicked in and the next step as a job seeker is to fill in your summer on your CV. The following tips will help you to put your summer months into your resume’, in an effective way to keep attracting recruiters.
It may be the case with most seasons that you spent a lot of time partying, however this isn’t what you want on your CV. On the other hand you don’t want to be completely untruthful and advise the recruiter that you took a hands-on approach to the running of the business that you worked for. State what your responsibilities were, involving the key duties of the job role as well as what you achieved during your time.
The term you want to focus on when writing about your summer on your CV, whether you worked abroad, traveled, or had a temporary job is transferable skills. Pick out the different hard and soft skills that you improved on during your summer time, which can be used for your career development. These different experiences can be a way to increase several skills, including time management, people skills or dealing with new situations and challenges. Travelling can tick off many boxes, from discovering and mapping out where to go during your travels to living within new cultures.
Show your Experience
Your cover letter can also be a useful tool to sum up what your summer has taught you, adding knowledge to help you in your prospective career. Don’t dismiss your summer by using only a small part of your CV to cover it as this can give the wrong impression, use it to prove what you have learnt over those three or four months.
When searching for your next role, focus on the skills that you can draw from your encounters over the summer. Match these honestly with the requirements of the vacancies that you are interested in, to ensure your suitability as a potential candidate.