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    I am a graduate from Keele university who has been looking for jobs in London. I am planning on working just over six months to fund my travels next year. I have a degree in Business Management and Marketing and I am worried it would make my CV looks bad if I were to work do retail, bar work, etc and there aren't many graduate jobs that are short term.

    I am worried when I get back that recruiters would look down on my CV due to graduating, working an easy job with no experience and going off travelling. I plan on going into Marketing and Sales when I return. What would be the best sort of work short term that would give me experience at the same time as making my CV look good?

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    (Original post by Michael Thompson)
    I am a graduate from Keele university who has been looking for jobs in London. I am planning on working just over six months to fund my travels next year. I have a degree in Business Management and Marketing and I am worried it would make my CV looks bad if I were to work do retail, bar work, etc and there aren't many graduate jobs that are short term.

    I am worried when I get back that recruiters would look down on my CV due to graduating, working an easy job with no experience and going off travelling. I plan on going into Marketing and Sales when I return. What would be the best sort of work short term that would give me experience at the same time as making my CV look good?

    Many thanks,

    Mike
    I would think that after university, any experience is good. Experience can be seen as key to gaining employment, so to have at least some experience, even in retail, would be beneficial.

    However, if it's not retail that you seek, you could always sign up with temping agencies in your local area. They'll be short-term contracts, which should suit you before you go travelling, but you can also specify to work in an office environment doing marketing and sales-related activities. If you're looking for something to stand out on your CV as experience, this is probably your best bet.

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    (Original post by Michael Thompson)
    I am a graduate from Keele university who has been looking for jobs in London. I am planning on working just over six months to fund my travels next year. I have a degree in Business Management and Marketing and I am worried it would make my CV looks bad if I were to work do retail, bar work, etc and there aren't many graduate jobs that are short term.

    I am worried when I get back that recruiters would look down on my CV due to graduating, working an easy job with no experience and going off travelling. I plan on going into Marketing and Sales when I return. What would be the best sort of work short term that would give me experience at the same time as making my CV look good?

    Many thanks,

    Mike
    I think you are absolutely right in your analysis, it will look a bit of a cop out to employers when you return. What you could do is look specifically for project work and a six month contract in a marketing or sales role. That might mean something seasonal (run up to Christmas? planning Spring Sales?).

    Start reading the professional literature (there will be at least one sector magazine) and work out what sort of roles might be available for 6 months and which companies work in those markets, then bookmark all their recruitment websites.

    Search for some websites that deal with interim appointments and bookmark them for sales and marketing opportunities.
 
 
 
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