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If you open a bottle of wine and leave it (who am I kidding, but run with it) the contents will eventually go sour.
If you make a tasty cheese sandwich and then leave on a plate, it will go hard and curly. (Some then find their way into railway buffet cars, the others go furry).
If you write a CV and leave it for three years the minerals in it will become calcified, eventually turning it into a fossil. Which is useless when you need it in a hurry.
Our pick and mix world of Modern Careers means that we have to be flexible thinkers, resilient enough to take a few knocks, and still bounce back, and prepared at all times to respond to the expected ‘unexpected’ events that are more easy to predict than many people think.
If we don’t have an up to date CV we run the risk of forgetting our proudest achievements and of falling out of step with our own brand.
So, the question is this: When did you last update your CV? Last week? Last year?
Dig it out and dust it off. You want it to be a friend and not a fossil.
We all know why the dinosaurs died out… it was nothing to do with a meteorite impact. They were simply out-competed by small hairy mammals with crisp CVs and elegant interview techniques.
Don’t leave it too late. Take care of your friendly CV this week.
PS…. Like Disney who had 101 dalmations, this is my 101st post…! Thanks to you all for reading them and tweeting them out. Writing a weekly blog is a tough discipline to follow, but it’s fun to do and I’m pleased with the way my ‘Modern Careers’ branding is starting to get traction out in the world.
And please do have a look at my Second Video – which is all about the energy for change and coffee vs water. What do you choose?
I have read that CVs are a thing of the past, old fashioned and out of touch with the zap zap speed of the modern social media world and I have to say that I disagree with this for two reasons:
By preparing a CV we are encouraged to think for ourselves about ourselves. What have we done well? What skills do we have? What makes people want to hire us? Without this kind of reflective conversation it can be amazing what we might forget. For example, I’ve worked with clients who have forgotten that they saved a business from closure, or that they spoke six languages, or that they saved £1m in repair costs. A CV is an excellent tool for dragging up useful nuggets from the depths of our cerebral filing system into the front of our mind, where they can held in stock, waiting to dazzle people.
2. Gains Interest
The other great thing about a CV is that once we have one we can give it to other people. Sounds a bit obvious perhaps, but a CV does the same job as a menu pasted up outside a restaurant. It gives us information, whets our appetite and engages our interest.
So, having established a clear need for a CV we can take a look at some essential Top Ten Tips for success. Here are my favourite tips, culled from my experience of reading hundreds of CVs and of working closely with people to get theirs polished up to a usefully shiny state.
Top Ten Tips
It’s your CV with your name on the top, so you have to be happy with it. My viewpoint is UK/Euro-centric and if you have local preferences then of course it makes sense to follow those, whilst using the above as a general checklist. There are more tips and fully worked examples of great CVs in the book Job Hunting 3.0, which is due out on 15th June. Reserve your copy on Amazon now.
Our Task For This Week
This week we can dig out our CVs and compare them to the list of Top Ten Tips above. If we’re looking for work, it might help us to get an interview and if we’re in work, then refreshing our CV now can save us frustration and heartache in the future.
Next Monday – where to look for work
We will continue the job hunting top tips by looking at 20 places where you can look for work. Most people I’ve coached use about three different sources for jobs and miss the rest. How many places can you think of looking?
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