Who are you? What can you do well? What is your unique selling point? These are some of the questions Wisconsin students were encouraged to think about in order to make the best personal brand statement when applying for a job. This was among the many nuggets of advice offered by the Barclays Bank Ghana team at a Career Building Day.

More than 100 students attended the event, which comprised two seminars on preparing for the world of work.

The first seminar focussed on CV Writing and Interview Tips.  In this workshop, students learned the dos and don’ts of CV writing and how to make their CV stand out. They heard, for example, that the average recruiter spends just seven seconds to go through a CV, so it is important to make every word count.

The following were among the tips on CV writing that the students picked up:

- Use good English

- Make it short and sweet (no more than 3 pages)

- Type it up professionally

- Start with a ‘bang’ – a good opening statement about yourself and your selling points

- Include your contact details, education details, work history, hobbies and interests

Students also received guidance on how to prepare for an interview and how to conduct oneself before, during and after the interview.

Interview tips included being punctual, dressing appropriately, speaking slowly and calmly, exhibiting good manners and putting one’s best foot forward.

The second seminar focussed on Work Etiquette and Manners and delved into issues such as listening, conflict management and dealing with difficult colleagues.

Some members of the Barclays team shared their own personal journeys to demonstrate to students that they too could access top careers even in a tough job market.

Moses Sandra, one of the Career Building Day participants, said: “I learnt a lot from the seminar today. I want to say a big thank you to Barclays Bank and their team as a whole for choosing WIUC, and also a big thank you to WIUC Career Center for making the seminar a huge success.”

The Career Building Day was organised by Barclays Bank as part of their annual Corporate Social Responsibility activities. The event was supported by Wisconsin’s Career Services Center.

For career advice and materials from the Career Building Day seminars, contact Ngozi Dickson (ngozi.dickson@wiuc-ghana.edu.gh)

Photos from the event are available at www.facebook.com/wiucghana