When I was young I told my Dad I wanted a job that was part of my life and not something I spent half my life doing whilst only being happy at evenings and weekends.
My Dad looked at me like I was a complete dunce. “Nobody has a job like that” he said, incredulous that I could even think such a thing possible. But I didn’t believe him.
Personal profiles are the hardest things to write so I thought I’d show you a few examples of profiles I’ve written for previous clients. You’ll see they’re written in an easily-customisable framework structure so specific words can be removed and replaced depending on what’s required for the position you’re applying for and what skills and experience you personally have.
Every CV you send out needs to be tailored to each job you’re applying for – you did know that didn’t you? If you’ve been applying for different jobs at different companies with the same CV then you need to stop immediately because you’ll never get a job that way. And here’s three good reasons why not:
When I talk to people at their free CV consultation, the main thing I have to keep reminding them is that they don’t need to tell their life story in their CV or Covering Letter. A lot of people find it difficult to be concise and edit (read slash and burn) their career history; but if your info is not of the slightest interest or use to the recruiter, then it shouldn’t be on your CV.
Most people are terrified of job interviews, but if you want a new job then you’ll definitely need one at some point. You don’t need to get scared, stressed out and worked up over them but you do need to plan and do your research. You wouldn’t go into an exam without being prepared and a job interview is no different. Here’s how you give good interview:
You probably don’t know this, but when you apply for a job online your CV sometimes goes through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that scans your CV for keywords to decide whether to put it through to the next stage. In fact a recent BBC survey of 20 of the world’s biggest organisations discovered that 18 of them used some type of electronic selection. Scary huh?
Whilst I know how to write a CV for someone changing their career, I’m not a Career Coach and can’t help people decide which path they should take. In fact, I actually make a point of never taking on client if they don’t know what they want to do as their CV will lack focus and won’t get them a job – and that’s the whole point of what I do. Instead I refer them to Mark Anderson from Kickstart Careers so he can help them work out what they want to do and how to get there.
I get quite a few questions from readers asking what they should do if they have a gap in their work history. It might be that they chose to take a career break, took time off to raise a family or they needed to stop work to look after a family member but they always worry about how to present this on their CV. This is my advice: