Does your CV profile say something similar to this: “I’m a former project manager with wonderful people skills and organisational abilities and a passion for sustainability. Having spent ten years in telecoms, I have a thorough knowledge of the sector, and am committed to using my experience to further the sustainability agenda?”
If it does, it’s time to hit delete.
Recently I explained why your CV should be all about the market: appealing to the market, meeting the market’s needs, using the market’s language, communicating what the market wants to hear. Now, I’m going to help you take a deep, analytical dive into the job description to figure out what the market really wants and tailor your CV to nail it.
Your resume or CV is most definitely not about you. It’s a marketing tool. Therefore, it should be all about the market: appealing to the hiring manager, meeting the company’s needs, using the organization’s language, communicating what your audience wants to hear. A CV that goes into every tiny detail of your career history is absolutely not what a hiring manager wants to read. You have to do the screening work for them. Don’t assume they want to wade through and make sense of your personal work story.
The one-page job proposal is clever, compelling strategy to find a way into the companies you are targeting. It puts the responsibility on you to show what you can do for a company in a concise way. Rather than focusing on who you are, what you do and what you need like a traditional CV or résumé does, the one-page job proposal focuses on the company: who they are, what they do and what they need. It’s basically a sales pitch, but one that’s squarely aimed at the company’s weak spot.
I’ve been waiting years for traditional CVs and resumes to be fazed out, and it looks like the first signs of the revolution are here! Think about it – in an age where everything is done online, why is the paper/pdf-based CV still considered standard practice? Making matters worse is the fact that most jobseekers spend days agonising over their CVs just to have them glanced at for 40 seconds by an overwhelmed hiring manager. It’s hard to stand out when your CV looks just like every other candidate’s. That’s why I’m so excited to see creative, digital CV and resume options start to catch on. I’ve highlighted four of these options below, but more are coming on the scene every day, so if you know of one I haven’t mentioned, be sure to share it in the comments section!
Radley Yeldar is looking for a Sustainability Consultant to join their investor engagement team with a focus on sustainability reporting.
By Beatrice Bernescut
So that’s it. You’ve gotten your freedom, your walking papers, your pink slip. Redundancy, dismissal, restructuring, it all amounts to the same thing: you are unemployed. So what are you going to do now? Look for another job, of course, or maybe start your own business. In either case, given today’s job market, chances are you’re going to have more than enough opportunity for reflection. So while you’re busy rewriting your resume for the nth time and scouring the job sites, here are ten simple tips that will help you make the most of your freedom and empower you to take charge of your unemployment.
The IKEA Foundation is seeking a Senior Strategic Communicator.
WCF seeks an experienced and talented Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Consultant (manager level) to assist WCF’s three person M&E Team. This team works with the CocoaAction companies in all areas related to the setting of, collection and reporting against key performance indicators. Working with the M&E team, the consultant will support the overall CocoaAction data collection and reporting processes; the development and management of the M&E system; and creation of an M&E guide. In addition, the consultant will facilitate collaboration with the Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) organizations and will participate in the processes to develop the CEN/ISO Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa Standard. The initial term of the consultancy will be 12 months beginning in January 2016.
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