Advice and tips for DofE participants and Award holders
The job market can seem like a tough place. We’ve gathered some pieces of advice from our own experts here to help you on the way.
Ask yourself – why do you want to join the company you’re applying to? Make sure you show off your drive, motivation and passion. Talking about your DofE is a brilliant way of doing that. It’s given you the chance to challenge and prove yourself – so make sure you mention that.
This is your chance to make yourself stand out. So it’s worth taking the time to sell your qualities in the best way possible. Make your DofE Award stand out on your CV – it’s a great badge of success.When you’re completing your application, remember to
Show yourself in the best possible light, by taking your time and making sure you don’t leave anything important out.
Present your skills and experiences in a timeline format with your most recent achievements first. Don’t forget to include your DofE!
Keep your application clear, concise and to the point.
Use the space provided and organise the information so it’s easy to read and in a logical order – bullet points are a good way to break up information.
Tailor your application to the role, as sending out the same application for every job will not make you stand out.
|Preparing for interview|
|Interviews can be a bit nerve-racking. But they are also the best way for you and an employer to get to know each other a bit better. So, keep calm, be yourself, be honest, and show your personality.|
|The interview itself|
Be punctual – plan your journey and be prepared for any unexpected delays so you arrive on time and don’t feel rushed!
Be aware of your body language – the way you present yourself tells a lot about you. So, make sure you maintain eye contact with your interviewer and build a good rapport.
Listen – make sure you listen to the question that is asked and try to avoid going off track during your answer.
Speak clearly & confidently – it’s not just what you say, but how you say it.
Be yourself – don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Relax and remain calm and you’ll present yourself well and sell your skills.
Remember, employers rate the DofE incredibly highly. So use your experiences to sell yourself. For example, if an employer is looking for a great team player, talk about how you supported other members of your expedition group.