Considering taking a gap year and worried it might hinder your future employment prospects? No need to worry – we have some great advice on how to write a CV after a gap year. There are lots of reasons why a gap year can not only develop your skills, but also add value to your CV.
We have some great articles showing you what skills you can learn and how you can implement them into your CV to fully utilise your gap year and make it work in your favour.
Your first job after leaving education can feel very daunting, and when it comes to writing your first CV you may feel like you don’t have a lot to add – but this just isn’t true. There are lots of skills you can include on your CV to show an employer that you are ready for work – from essay or dissertation writing, the research you’ve conducted, and communication skills you’ve gained from class presentations.
This section also looks to help you understand what an employer would expect to read on a school leavers CV, and the types of soft skills required to perform well in a working environment. There are also lots of ways to gain work experience whilst at school or looking for a job. Part time work and voluntary work are both great ways to learn new skills, develop existing ones, and to create valuable work experience for your CV.
There are certain soft skills which an employer would want to see from a school leaver, ranging from communication and organisation, to time management and problem solving – all of which need to be present on your CV if you want to demonstrate to an employer that you are ready to take on your first job.