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.
Is my job experience relevant to Accounting? Watch
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Last edited by TheSarah; 25-09-2016 at 00:31.
- 25-09-2016 00:30
- 28-09-2016 13:05
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.Last edited by hamzaahmad786; 28-09-2016 at 14:41.
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- 28-09-2016 14:07
Thank you so much, your response is very helpful.