Passionate? How do you demonstrate it in your placement applications?

So, you’ve found your dream placement, you’ve got all the skills and attributes they’re looking for and you know you could do the job but how do you demonstrate the ‘passion’ they’re looking for? In our latest blog Anna Worsley, Placements and Project Coordinator, offers her hints and tips for demonstrating passion to an employer.

A quick scan of the vacancies on our system shows that recruiters are looking for more than your academic prowess and your transferable skills such as communication and teamwork skills they’re looking for you to demonstrate passion;

  • “Passion for sport and fashion”
  • “Passion for marketing”
  • “Interest and knowledge of cars”
  • “Passion for money saving”
  • “Strong interest in gaming”
  • “knowledge of the film and entertainment industry”

How can you evidence and demonstrate your passion to employers?

Use social media

You’re probably interested in the sector already and if it’s truly your passion does your online presence reflect this? Who do you follow on Twitter? Start retweeting interesting stories and tweets; use your Twitter account to demonstrate your interests and passions. Or use Pinterest to put together your own board of inspiration and put all your passions in one place. Just don’t forget to put a link to your board or your Twitter account on your CV so employers can easily find it!

Why not start writing a blog? If you’re hoping to work in digital media, online communications or marketing it’s useful to raise your online profile.  Many employers won’t consider candidates who are not already active online…check out Beth Henderson’s guest blog post ‘don’t underestimate the importance of work experience’ which covers this very subject

And as an example of how a blog can highlight your passion why not check out Beth’s personal blog: http://bethanierose.co/ she’s certainly demonstrating her ‘foodie’ credentials to employers!

Got relevant work or volunteering experience? Highlight it!

Show the relevance of previous experience and highlight your interest and passions though jobs you’ve done in the past.  If you’ve volunteered at a music event because you’re passionate about music make sure you mention it on your CV – don’t just state the dates and event name: put in a line about the role to highlight its relevance. You could even go 1 step further and have a section titled ‘Relevant Experience’ on your CV.

Societies, clubs and extra-curricular activities are important too

Chances are if you’re passionate about something you do it in your spare time and perhaps don’t even realise it may be of interest to an employer. If you’re a member of a relevant society or sport club, or even better, if you’re an active committee member tell an employer.  Give your extra-curricular activities as much kudos as your employment history whether you’re part of the Fashion Society, Film Society or the Tennis Club everything you do tells an employer something about you, your interests and passions.

And it’s never too late to start demonstrating a passion if you’re not already doing so. Say ‘yes’ to things; join a society or club, attend a conference or event and start adding to your CV.

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