This week Sophie Adams, 33, from London is the manager for recruitment at John Lewis…
HOW DID YOU START OUT?
I started on the John Lewis graduate scheme at 21 and worked my way up. My first job was at university as a bar supervisor. That developed my skills with tricky customers, as well as my patience!
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CV MISTAKE?
Not proofreading it. The number I’ve seen with typos and poor spelling and grammar show not everyone does. Always ask a friend or family member to have a look with a fresh pair of eyes.
WHAT MAKES A CV STAND OUT?
Even if you don’t have loads of experience, try to find something that’s unique to you. Someone once used the example of waitressing at a party when two members of staff had called in sick as an example of how they had handled a stressful situation.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
At 21, I was very focused on one career path and I wish I’d been more open-minded. There are so many opportunities and my career has changed a lot since I first started out
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN EMPLOYEES?
Enthusiasm, a passion for retail and a desire to learn. People starting out at the bottom worry about not having had similar roles before, but it doesn’t matter. Just show a real interest in the position and the company. Check out jlpjobs.com for career opportunities at John Lewis.
(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Spotlight on Make-up Artists’ in Issue 4th March 2013, I did not write this!)
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