What's better? A traditional format CV or skills based CV?

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Found 26th Jun 2010
I'm applying for a marketing position and although I studied business and marketing at university Ive never had an actual marketing job. I've done a small amount of marketing work through a uni placement, as well as possessing the traits, skills and knowledge to fit the desired criteria for the position, but Im wondering which CV would portray that in the best light.

I've gained my past and present jobs with a traditional format CV, but due to the lack of having an actual marketing role under my belt I'm now thinking a skills based CV might be the answer.

Please any help at all would be great.

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Skills are great, but experience and most importantly, PERSONALITY is better! Are you applying for entry level marketing roles? If not, you should consider it as you're not suddenly going to be a marketing manager just because you've got a degree in it! I have plenty of friends who think "well I've got a degree so I can get any job I like" and it's just not true!
If you show willing to take a pay cut (if applicable) to get an entry level job, people will take you far more seriously.
As for the CV, make it a mix of both. Highlight your skills but also talk about your work experience.

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baffledsalmon;8922072

Skills are great, but experience and most importantly, PERSONALITY is … Skills are great, but experience and most importantly, PERSONALITY is better! Are you applying for entry level marketing roles? If not, you should consider it as you're not suddenly going to be a marketing manager just because you've got a degree in it! I have plenty of friends who think "well I've got a degree so I can get any job I like" and it's just not true!If you show willing to take a pay cut (if applicable) to get an entry level job, people will take you far more seriously. As for the CV, make it a mix of both. Highlight your skills but also talk about your work experience.



Its a marketing assistant position and would mean taking quite a significant paycut aswell so i guess ive ticked that box, but pay isnt a priority as i just want to enter into this sector. The thing im finding most annoying is that ive applied for many marketing assistant positions and they ask for a relevant degree in the area which i possess, but i think its the lack of having any relevant jobs in the area which is holding me back.

Daft Punk;8922164

Its a marketing assistant position and would mean taking quite a … Its a marketing assistant position and would mean taking quite a significant paycut aswell so i guess ive ticked that box, but pay isnt a priority as i just want to enter into this sector. The thing im finding most annoying is that ive applied for many marketing assistant positions and they ask for a relevant degree in the area which i possess, but i think its the lack of having any relevant jobs in the area which is holding me back.



Well you're going about it the right way! You'll get loads of rejections (sorry!) but you'll get interviews and that's your chance! Just prove to them you're dedicated and keen on that industry and that'll give you a flying start! There's nothing interviewers like more than enthusiasm. I used to work in recruitment whilst I was at uni and the amount of times I heard "the candidate answered all the questions well but didn't ask about the company/didn't show enthusiasm for working here/didn't seem to actually enjoy the industry" was unbelievable!

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baffledsalmon;8922209

Well you're going about it the right way! You'll get loads of rejections … Well you're going about it the right way! You'll get loads of rejections (sorry!) but you'll get interviews and that's your chance! Just prove to them you're dedicated and keen on that industry and that'll give you a flying start! There's nothing interviewers like more than enthusiasm. I used to work in recruitment whilst I was at uni and the amount of times I heard "the candidate answered all the questions well but didn't ask about the company/didn't show enthusiasm for working here/didn't seem to actually enjoy the industry" was unbelievable!



Thank you for the feedback +rep
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