Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Ski Season tailored CV writing...

Who enjoys writing a CV?

Not me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I've read way too many 'CV writing tips and tricks' websites and trawled through umpteen 'CV samples/templates' documents for my liking.

And yet I still find it hard! I had made a concerted effort to sit down and start (hopefully finish!) the CV which I intend on sending off to Ski Season employers. And as of last week, 4 hours work had left me with personal details strewn over a .doc file.

The trouble with writing a CV for such a narrow market as the ski season market, is that it can't be your generic 'Here-I-am-and-this-is-what-I've-done' type CV. When we went to Natives recruitment fair last October the one thing I took from the day was a) that I really wanted to work a ski season and b) that our CVs needed to be properly tailored to have ANY chance of being called back for an interview.

If I remember correctly 50,000 people apply for a couple of thousand European ski jobs. That's slim pickings for getting in! Which is why I feel there's so much pressure to write this CV to its best but also to tailor it to, not only the ski industry, but to specific employers themselves.

We finished our CVs today and have applied for 3 jobs each. It's difficult to appeal to many jobs. There is a whole industry right from chalet area managers and hotel managers (which we aren't really interested in) down to kitchen porters and chamber maids.

I personally have more of a luxury than Kerry in that I can apply to more job categories. Being an electrical engineer and having experience in building maintenance means I am well suited to a maintenance job within a chalet. That coupled with a clean (Or soon to be!) driving license and a C1 (Large Goods Vehicles) test looming within the next couple of months gives me good grounding for Driver/maintenance jobs.

I've mentioned before that we have a 5 day Chalet Cookery Course booked with Natives in August. This, we hope, will stand us in good stead for applying for chalet hosts and even chalet cooks. We've recently been cooking some meals from the brilliant 'Chalet Cookery Book' again by Natives. (I've just noticed they're giving away free downloadable copies! 06/06/2012)

I find it pretty hard writing appealing yet brief covering letter, tailored for each companies specific values and tastes. I'm conscious that recruiters may glance at a covering letter and CV over a cup of coffee and want to make them as concise as possible without dragging on and on.

I really hope we have have got it right. I'm sure our evenings will be absorbed with more applications and hopefully follow up phone calls with the potential for an interview.

So we are back on the hard work trail, but it will feel so awesome if/when we achieve gainful employment!

Ever had to write a decent CV? Got any tips?

You can check out the beginning of our season and posts from 2012/13 season starting HERE


  1. My old CV (the sort of style you get told to do at school) wasn't getting me anywhere. So I jazzed it up with an opening statement, more concise information, and a summary of my achievements and future goals. Seemed to do the trick :)

  2. Excellent pointer Jenn, We've changed a few things from School days so hopefully it'll yield results. Hadn't thought about future goals though!

  3. Interesting topic. Here's two cents:
    Confidence is a massive player in this game good sir -
    As you seem to already know, the jobs on offer are popular and often competitive. However judging by what you have written above, I would safely bet that you are more than qualified to succeed in every position that you have applied for. Try to portray this in your covering letters and anticipate the sorts of questions any potential employers would ask, you will know more answers than you would have first thought.
    Also take into account things that may work to your advantage, such as age/experience. Most people that are in a position to work a ski season are usually slightly younger and therefore will have less experience (even if it's only with people and everyday life). Take these things into account, and you'll have jobs to choose from!
    Best of luck.

  4. I just lied on my CVs.... No formal education and a criminal record yet I've worked with more people with uni degrees than not. Passion for the role says a lot :)

  5. Good luck with your applications!
    I have written/re-written hundreds of CV's - it takes forever!
    I guess just make sure you update it regularly with new skills and achievements.
    Also maybe put a personal profile bit at the top if you haven't already? With a bit about your personality/specific skills/future goals?

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