Hints to turn your CV from a list of jobs to a coherent professional history of achievements and skills to get you invited for interview.
One of the biggest problems many of my clients are struggling with is where to begin when writing their CV. Particularly if they have been away from the workplace for some time. So read on to discover my secrete to success.
We have stopped talking about duties now is it all about achievements, what have you achieved in each position, what did you bring to the table.
When considering what achievements to add to your CV first read the job description, the essentials should all be reflected in your CV and the desirable as well if possible.
Stay on message, your message is that you can fill this position and your CV is proving evidence that you have already done it successfully, through your examples.
Never Never Never mention anything negative……. It’s all good!!!!
For help developing your CV for today’s market give me a call or send me an email to set up an appointment.
Well it’s already two weeks into January, phew! what a long month, or maybe it just seems that way because let’s face it, without the odd glass of vino and the burger we are avoiding like the plague time is just dragging a little.
For those of us who didn’t quite make veganuary or who like myself had a few glasses of wine over the last couple of weeks, its ok…….. not everything has to happen in January and frankly why try to do everything all at once. For most of us that approach is doomed to failure. For those of us who are succeeding WELL DONE and keep at it.
For everyone else, we can achieve everything we want to, it just has to matter to us and we just need a little support to clear the fog and find our first step.
Don’t let January get away from you, make a decision now to improve. Give me a call and let me tell you all about the benefits of coaching. It can change your life you know! If you decide coaching is not for you that’s fine, you will still benefit from the meeting. We all take something away from every new person we cross paths with.
I look forward to meeting you, it’s possible, just do it!!
Life Coaching changed my life and I thought it was time I shared that feeling. Prior to this I was happy in my work and life but there was something missing. As a person who gets more pleasure out of giving rather than receiving, someone who gets happiness from helping another to find their way, becoming a Life Coach seemed the perfect option. The fact that it took me until half way through my life seems a shame and when thinking about it, could it have been any different?
There is a wonderful Christy Moor song where he tells us that in order to share our boat with others we first have to build our own boat. I think that’s what I was doing, building my own boat/ life and getting to a place where my becoming a Life Coach was an authentic and natural progression.
What does being a Life Coach give me? the answer to this question is endless joy. When I start working with a new client either on life coaching or on career coaching or self care coaching, I become a witness to positive change in that person’s life. I become the guiding light for that client to improve their circumstances by focusing the mind and being strategic in their actions to achieve something specific.
As a Life Coach I drive life changing action and I support bold and brave steps to achieving a new and better life, one that we can all achieve and are all worthy of.
When I started on this journey I could not have known what becoming a Life Coach would do for my life and the lives of the people around me.
Would I do it again? If I had my life to live over again I would become a Life Coach sooner.
Including your entire history of work and experience in your CV might actually be hindering your chance of success. How far back should your CV go?
When it comes to updating your CV the worry is always how much to put in. Most of us err on the side of caution and add everything we have ever done including things like hobbies and interests.
You generally have about 8 seconds to make an impression. The employer wants to know can you do the job; he/she wants proof that you have already been successful in a similar role. They are not interested in the fact that you like to read romantic novels or even that you go for a swim now and then.
If you have a great achievement like swimming the channel then by all means add it as an achievement otherwise best leave it out.
Keep it current – focus on the previous 10 years and use your space efficiently. One line about the organisation, a line about your job role and then on to your achievements.
Cut down on the historic information, as it will not help with this application. Nobody wants gaps in their CV and there is no need for them. A one-line description for roles over 10 years old is enough. Company, date and job title will be sufficient.
If there are extraordinary achievements during this time add them under achievements.
If you are focusing too much on the older positions it will look suspect as through you are no longer succeeding.
The explanation should be getting shorter as the years go back.
When writing your CV always remember to mirror the job spec and it’s essential requirements.
For information on which CV to use get in touch. #CVupdate
As a Career Coach I am currently dealing with multiple queries about stress in the workplace, and most of this stress is being caused by the weight of emails constantly flowing in to our inbox. The time it takes to go through this avalanche of emails is preventing us from being productive and is the root cause of stress and anxiety at work.
We are all guilty of having our email notification pop up in the corner of our screen, there seems to be no way of ignoring that notification. The result of this distraction is loss in production and concentration. Why ? because it takes on average up to 20 minutes to get back the concentration we had prior to our distraction. Don’t take my word for it. Multitasking expert, Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, highlights these negative effects of email multitasking based on an extensive study into the costs of interrupted work: Credit Mayo Oshin – “How to eliminate email anxiety”.
What is the answer, here is the advice I give to my clients and it works.
Turn off those notifications
Check your emails twice or three times per day; choose a time when you are less likely to need your best brain like just after lunch or just prior to leaving the office.
Keep the morning, alert brain for the important tasks that you are currently letting your emails get in the way of.
Forget the possibility of having an empty inbox, ok so it feels great in the short term to have an empty inbox but this is an additive habit that makes us feel good. This feel good feeling is not a feeling of productivity, which is why we are stressed.