How to Build you CV digitally?
Given we are all stuck at homes these days, the mentoring team at BE have been giving some thought as to how we can still put our best foot forward and build your CV whilst being limited to the confines of your bedroom.
Here are our 5 top ideas for building your CV and making the most of what it undoubtably an exceptionally testing period for us all.
1. Take an online course.
Want to level-up your skill-set? Websites like teachables.com and domestika.org offer courses on photography, dance, languages, illustration, coding, and lots of things in between!
What’s more, many universities and other educational institutions are now offering their online courses free of charge. (If you are already spending a lot of time online due to remote learning, this might be something to save for the summer holiday.)
2. Join a community project.
Even during lockdown, there are volunteering opportunities you can take part in both IRL and virtually. Helping out at a local allotment or taking part in a litter pick are both things you can do whilst maintaining a safe distance from others. Alternatively, you could join a virtual volunteering project: check out MissingMaps.org as an excellent example of how you can lend a helping hand from the safety of your home.
3. Build your network
Lockdown is a good time to reach out to people with whom you haven’t spoken for a while - equally, it’s a great time to link up with people who might be able to support you in your future career. Consider building a profile on LinkedIn.com and checking out your school’s alumni network.
4. Enter a youth competition
Awards from competitions look brilliant on CVs and personal statements, and there is such a wide array to choose from: photograph competitions, spelling bees, debating contests, etc. Many of these don’t require any sort of performance - simply submitting a piece of writing or artwork could earn you an impressive award or certificate!
5. Research opportunities in your chosen sector(s).
If you already have a strong idea about what area you would like to work in in the future, now is an excellent time to look into internships and work experience opportunities. On the other hand, if you are unsure about which direction you want to go in, there is nothing to stop you exploring different career paths online and considering where your abilities and interests fit best into the world of work.
Our mentors work with students to develop these skills in their daily work and focus on, not only increasing children’s academic confidence, but also with helping their pastoral development. Not only will these activities keep you occupied in your downtime, but they will also help you turn the undeniably negative situation that is lockdown 3.0 into something positive and help you build towards your goals.