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    I am applying for graduate schemes/jobs now as I am in the third year of my BA Accounting degree and I really need to perfect my CV. I am having difficulty with the work experience section because I feel like none of mine is relevant. I had a job in retail for 3 years where I performed basic tasks like selling and advising customers, but I also did a little with money like cashing up, banking the takings, creating VAT Sales sheets, invoice handling and stock management. I don't know whether to make a point of these tasks as I think they were quite simple, especially compared to the tasks involved with accounting jobs. Currently I also make and sell things like knitwear and paper crafts online, I've been doing this for a few months now. I don't know whether this is relevant either because the real skill there is making the items but that's not relevant to accounting. I've been told it could be considered a business which would make me the owner but I don't feel like it is a business, especially because it's only been a few months. I don't sell much and it involves very little in terms of finance as I keep very simple records. It's not like I am managing a business or making business decisions, I just sell stuff on Etsy. I would really appreciate some help here, I need to apply really soon for the best jobs.

    Yes you must make your every competency relevant to the job, no matter how irrelevant it sounds. Just by reading your description I've picked up the following things:

    1. Accounting knowledge (from your degree)
    2. Steadfastness (retail job for 3 years)
    3. Interpersonal, oral communication, sales (advising and selling to customers)
    4. Money management (cash handling, VAT, stock)
    5. Drive and I.T skills (starting on Etsy selling products)
    6. Creativity/Innovation (developing your own products)
    7. Include stuff from University (meeting deadlines, group work, presentations)

    Remember, not all employers expect you to be 100% competent, as long as you can demonstrate you have the skills and knowledge, you have a shot at succeeding.Good luck.
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    Thank you so much, your response is very helpful.
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