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Christmas jobs 'could improve a graduate CV'

Published: Monday, 12 October 2009   Category: Work Experience

Those looking to land a graduate job after they finish university next year may want to get a head start in developing their skills in a temporary position over Christmas.

That is according to National Council for Work Experience director Heather Collier, who said that all jobs, no matter how small or short-term, will help an employee gain valuable skills which they can put on their CV.

Ms Collier told the Guardian that she never thought to mention her position at a grocery store when applying for a graduate job until she realised that employers count all work experience when judging candidates.

She explained: "Customer-facing skills - like being polite when you really don't feel like it - are very, very useful and employers put an emphasis on these general skills when they are looking to recruit graduates."

FreshMinds Talent managing director James Callander recently wrote in the Daily Telegraph that while temporary work may seem like an easy option, it can provide valuable skills and may lead into a permanent job.

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