New StartAre you ready for the New Year Jobs? Is your CV up-to-date? Are you up to a job change? Making positive job changes is one of the simplest yet most rewarding things you can do. So, how big a change are you going to make this year?
Securing a job promotion or a step-up in your career is about ‘selling’ what is special, unique and valuable about you and your career to-date to your new employer.
The first part of the process involves becoming very ‘clear’ about the desired direction of your career, and understanding what, if any, changes you may need to make. Are you comfortable with change? Do you know how to satisfy your demands, needs and wants? And do you have a vision of your future career? The second part of the process is to gain an appreciation and understanding of what has already worked well for you in your career. To help you strengthen these two positive forces, have a go at answering the following questions:
Candidates who are ready for change are the ones who are snapped up first by employers. They demonstrate their ability to put themselves into their employer’s shoes and they inspire their employer with their naturalness, confidence and willingness to take action. In short, they don’t just barter their skills and experience in exchange for a monthly deposit into their bank account.
Conventional job hunting methods includes writing a historical CV document, which focuses on the candidate and what he/she has done in his/her career. Some candidates even go as far as writing a description of what their aspirations and hopes are for the future, including key buzz or search words. But is this enough for today’s changing market? Is this demonstrating the candidate’s capacity for change?
No, of course, it isn’t. CVs like this make boring reading because the balance is all wrong. The candidate places too much emphasis on Mr. Organisation to do it for him/her. For example, ‘Give me the job, salary, bonuses, holiday, ideas, mission statement, vision and staff, and I hope I can do everything that is in the job description’. Candidates such as these will get very strong signals that they are doing something wrong and a refusal to change will mean a dead-end job or a short career.
However, candidates inspired and ready for change talk about giving to the organisation, not taking from it. The balance is completely different. So how do you write a CV which is focused on giving to the company or organisation? Sarah Berry has the following CV tips for you:
So, if your existing CV doesn’t reflect you at your best, start again. If you can incorporate the above points, you are more likely to create interest. Remember that a good CV is worth whatever time and effort it takes. The worst part of losing a job over a weak CV is that it is the one aspect of your job search over which you have complete control. So accept that you may need to make those necessary positive changes to your current CV.
Choosing your CVs Fixation Points
Putting the perfect CV together proves to be a challenge for most people. Unlike most documents is it rarely read from beginning to end. It is more like a webpage than a book. To help you, Career Consultants provide a free CV scanning and analysis service. All you need to do is upload your CV below and tell us a little about yourself.
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BY: Sarah Berry
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