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Activities to boost your CV during the pandemic
You can access a wealth of free online courses that help build industry knowledge and show motivation.
You can access free courses on a range of subjects here.
Check out a variety of free courses from Coursera
Build up your Excel skills
Try this free course from Udemy
Free courses with the Open University
Anyone can learn for free on OpenLearn from the Open University
Free courses on Alison
Access over 1,500 free online business courses on Alison
Learn a language
Learn a language for free online with Duolingo.
Learn to use real business systems and applications for free
Beginner’s Certification: good for future marketeers and online content producers
Access free digital marketing courses from Google.
Westlaw UK Basic Certification
Gain a basic understanding of law research.
Learn to trade for free
Interested in financial markets? Learn with IG's free demo account and podcasts
Online courses from ACAS
Demonstrate your interest in HR or employment law.
Learn how to use MailChimp
MailChimp is a marketing platform used by both large and small businesses.
Learn how to use Salesforce
Salesforce is a client database used by marketing and sales departments.
Volunteering is very valuable in the current situation, and there are lots of opportunities available for you to explore.
Check the Volunteering pages on the student intranet
You can explore specific roles during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Search for volunteering positions
Find a job role of your choice and in your local area through NCVO or Do It.
Covid Mutual Aid
Covid Mutual Aid is helping to coordinate activities. Check other local groups started by neighbours, councillors or MPs (NextDoor, Facebook and Twitter).
Online volunteering opportunities
Check out Zooniverse, Be My Eyes, Instant Wild, Missing Maps and Freerice.
Almost all industries have a professional body that supports people working in that sector.
Sign up for news updates with professional bodies.
Sometimes these bodies have divisions for students/ new grads. Sign up for news updates, follow them on social media and consider attending any free events when they start up again. For example, the Society of Young Publishers.
UK Industry Associations
Check out the list of all UK Industry associations.
Work from home opportunities may be more limited this summer but it’s worth checking these out
Data gathering from home
Companies like Lionbridge hire workers to do tasks such as data gathering.
Test companies websites
Get paid to test companies websites. Check out UserTesting or TestingTime.
Get paid for transcribing information.
Become an online tutor
Check out MyTutor, Superprof or TutorHub
Do small translation jobs if you have language skills.
Freelance opportunities on small projects
Freelance on small projects – writing, composing, coding. Check out top tips.
When a potential employer Googles your name, use your social media accounts make the right impression
Create a career-focused Twitter/Instagram/Facebook account
Re-posting content, following others in an industry you’re interested in, liking and sharing can be effective ways to build your network and learn the language of the sector.
Maintain your online presence
Check out Sheffield's useful general guide to maintaining your online presence.
Connect with people through the Royal Holloway alumni page on LinkedIn.
Have a “virtual coffee” and ask about their career story, useful sources of information, tips on your CV, or ask them to introduce you to other useful contacts through LinkedIn.
Consider how your hobbies can demonstrate your skills
Endurance sports suggest that a person has tenacity, perseverance and drive
High risk pursuits
High risk pursuits such as mountain climbing and sky diving can suggest that a person is happy to push boundaries and take calculated risks
Creative/cultural hobbies demonstrate your creative mind, writing skills or hunger for knowledge
Team sports show how you can work in pursuit of a common goal.
Community group involvement can suggest that you are someone who is comfortable collaborating with others.
If you have something to say that’s relevant to your career plans, consider writing it down or making video content
Start a vlog
You can find some useful information on getting started here.
You can sometimes make money from it
You can earn a little bit of money from doing market research or mystery shopping for companies.
Get paid for each interview you complete for Ipsos Mori
You can make a little bit of cash by mystery shopping. Check out Market Force or Ipsos Mori.