Thank you for the opportunity to discuss my problems. Im not sure how best to sell myself on my CV to allow companies to which I apply to appreciate the benefits they can derive if they hire me.
I studied mass communication, and I have two years’ experience in a job as an administrative and finance officer.
I am unsure how to portray myself when I apply for a job in a role that I have no experience of. How will I relate that both in my CV and interview, that is if I am given that opportunity?
Sometimes I am not sure about the kind of job I should I apply for, because of fear, uncertainty, not knowing what is expected.
I had to quite my last job because I was becoming unhappy. It was not the kind of life I wanted, the salary was unimaginably small. Nothing I did was enough, and it was not challenging.
I have been trying to get another job but it’s not easy. At one interview, the only question the interviewer asked me was if I felt over qualified for the job, I said no.
Thank you once again
Wow, that is quite a few problems or issues. Let’s take them one at a time
How to sell yourself on your CV
First of all remember that although you should have a basic CV, you need to tailor it for each position you apply for. The best way to do that is to go through the job description, advertisement , or any other information you can access and ensure that your CV “answers “ all the requirements in terms of skills and competencies. For example if the advert calls for a skilled negotiator, make sure your CV mentions your negotiating skills.
As for how you portray yourself on your basic CV, think about transferable skills. For example, skills such as time management, organisation, negotiation, leadership, are not job specific. You can build a very strong picture of your capabilities by identifying all your skills and competences. Many of these are not job specific .
You may find it useful to have several CVs, in your case one that highlights your mass communication background and another focusing on your two years’ experience in a job as an administrative and finance officer.
They will overlap, to a certain extent, but will have slightly different focus. Which one you use depends on the position you apply for.
What kind of job to apply for.
If you see a job that interests you, research it. Research the company, the sector, and follow your heart. If you are not suited to the job, it is unlikely you will be successful in your application, so don’t fear that.
Trying to get another job
It is always easier to get a job if you are in employment, so think carefully about giving one up before you secure the next one. Too late now in this instance for you, I’m afraid.
I would suggest that the interviewer who asked you if you felt over qualified for the job, certainly felt that to be the case. She probably did not personally select you for interview, or I doubt she would have invited you. So why are you applying for those types of jobs?
So I think you need to do some deep thinking about your career goals and try to come up with a plan. Follow this link, and read all the lessons in this module for advice on how to develop and manage your career.
hope this has helped you to see things more clearly