JOB SEARCH / DEC. 02, 2013
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5 Jobs You Didn't Know Hold Real CV Value

Let's admit it, with such a gloomy global crisis, it's no surprise that us graduates are starting to see just how much it has affected a lot of the working world, in particular, available jobs. A good deal of us will find ourselves struggling to find work in our chosen sector, and this will lead even more of us to start looking for jobs we don't necessarily want, but that we definitely need. But don't fret, because the chances are the job you currently work in is benefitting you more than you think. So here's a list of 5 different jobs graduates tend to find themselves in, and why they're treating us much better than we think.

1. Bar Work

Now that we're all the legal age, standing behind a bar and pulling pints is an easy and accessible prospect for us all. Whether it's in a pub, club or actual bar, the serving of alcohol is your main priority. But with all the other responsibilities of the bar in your hands, we begin to see a plethora of skills, which you can apply to your dream job, beginning to unfold. The most obvious we can state is: problem solving. Any establishment that serves alcohol is bound to have a drunken customer; someone unruly and argumentative who sets out to make your job hard. Situations like this, and the tactics used to resolve them, are perfect ways of demonstrating your problem solving skills, which is something employers value highly. Teamwork is also bound to occur, especially in busier bars. Working together to ensure all customers are served and that any transactions are carried out correctly shows that you can work efficiently with others, as well as handle things responsibly. 

2. Retail

Clothes, toiletries, jewellery, groceries; if you're working somewhere that sells things, you're likely to have qualities an employer is looking for. Most shops, particularly the high street chains, have various guidelines and rule sets that every employee must follow, and by following them you prove yourself as someone who can adapt to different working environments depending on the role they are given. Dealing with customers requires confidence, a good knowledge of the business, and the ability to work autonomously (without anyone's help). These are all things employers want to hear, especially if you're applying for jobs in sales or marketing. It helps to try and find a job related to the job you're looking for as well e.g. book shop for publishing, clothes shop for fashion/design. The more familiar you are with the kind of business you want to work for, the more interested they will be in you.

3. Catering

Fancy restaurants, small cafes and, yes, even fast food. Any food establishment needs dedicated employees, and for graduates it's an easy place to find work. Restaurant guidelines tend to be stricter, with particular attention to hygiene. Being able to keep up with orders, as well as pleasing the customer and following all standards of hygiene and uniform, demonstrates that you are capable of handling pressure whilst maintaining all the professionalism and integrity required of you. Like working in a bar, customers can become unruly if they are not satisfied, and any incidents you have been involved in and helped resolve reflect well in a CV or interview. Learning and perfecting all the duties required of you proves how dedicated you are to a role, and is something any employer would want in their company.

4. Hotels

Hotels are a mixed bag. So many people are required to keep it functioning, that it brings in all of the previous categories. You could be working in the restaurant, on the bar, on reception, working functions or sorting out rooms. But with all these different roles come many opportunities to prove yourself as a working professional. You learn, gain and adapt new skills and prove that you are able to take on any task required of you. If you're looking for work you have little or no experience in, then mentioning the variety of tasks you had to complete on a day to day basis will convince an employer that you have the energy and enthusiasm to get a job done. Long hours and late shifts show that you're not afraid of the perils and sacrifices some jobs involve, and no employer wants someone who is fussy when it comes to work. Following the various codes of conduct and taking part in training exercises is something you can include in your application as well, as it is good proof of your professional capabilities as an employee.

5. Volunteer

It seems an obvious one, but volunteering is one of the most inevitable things a graduate will take part in. Internships and work experience are rife in the current job market. As mentioned before, the economy is bad, so businesses lap up the opportunity to have people work for free, as it not only benefits their business, but lets potential employees prove themselves within the business. There are countless places that you can volunteer for, even if it's just for charity. Having a volunteer role on a CV is a huge plus, showing how driven you are by work and experience alone. The more volunteer work you can get done, the better. Working for free, ironically enough, tends to pay off the best.

Rather than sitting around waiting for offers to come to you, it's good to get out there and work whatever job you can find, managing the time you have free to look for more permanent work. Keep yourself occupied, develop your skills, and pretty soon all the hard work will pay off. After all, there's nothing more impressive to an employer than someone who likes to work.

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