Promoting your work experience – Making things happen
We are at the end of this current series of blogs and if you have read all nine of them so far then well done. If you have identified your skills and examined your experience you should have some rich evidence to talk about in your applications and interviews. Even if you have only dipped in and out of the ones that resonate with you we hope you have found them useful.
For the final one we cover ‘making things happen’. This skill is also referred to on Job Ads as ‘being proactive’ and ‘taking initiative’.
So how can you show this in a work setting?
- Did you make something happen so did you organise an event, a project, a stand alone piece of work?
- Was it something out of the ordinary?
- What did you do and why did you decide to do this and in this way?
- Did you modify your plans as they developed?
- Did you involve others and inspire them? Collaboration can be a major part of this but don’t negate the significance of your input. An employer wants to see that you can work with others but you need to show that you can also work independently.
- What was your aim? To raise money, raise awareness , do some market research to provide evidence or celebrate a special event in some way ?
- How successful were you in this endeavour?
- Did you meet your deadline? If not, why not?
- What did you learn from the experience and how might you do it again differently in the future?
Celebrate the successes you have had to date and learn from the mistakes.
As a final note for those about to graduate, a quote …
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
And don’t forget the careers service is always here to help. Contact details below.