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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.

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Does your CV profile say something like, “I’m a former project manager with excellent people skills and organisational abilities and a strong 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.

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In a recent article, I outlined my top five crucial skillsets or competencies that a CSR or sustainability practitioner will need in their arsenal. Now, I’m sharing the challenging questions that really get to the heart of these competencies in a job interview context to help hiring managers sift out the gems.

If you’re looking for the best talent but finding it hard to spot, or if you are the talent but struggling to land your dream job, then read through these 5 sets of questions and consider how they could help you to find or be that chosen gem. If you’re a job seeker, take these questions one at a time and write out your answers. They will reveal a lot.

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In Part 2 of her CV writing series on TriplePundit.com, Shannon unpacks a common mistake made by jobseekers in this process: ignoring the market. Then, she explains how to map your skills to a job description step-by-step in order to translate your past experience and be relevant in a new role.

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No matter what your university career advisor told you, 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 entire 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 long irrelevant personal work story.

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At many companies and organizations around the globe, small sustainability teams have been operating as a stand-alone department for years. Now, these companies are keen to grow sustainability leadership and embed sustainability throughout their operations. While this shows exciting progress, the transition often leaves HR executives unclear on how to support the development of existing teams development while making sense of the core competencies their non-sustainability staff will need.

Welcome to the minefield. Sustainability is a notoriously woolly and evolving agenda, and as the competitive advantage from engaging with it becomes more established, likewise the demand for top talent grows. But what does this talent pool look like?

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I can’t wait to jet across the Atlantic to sunny San Francisco – my hometown – this October.  Aside from replenishing my vitamin D levels in preparation for another grey British winter, I’ll be hosting FOUR sustainability careers workshops between October 25th and 30th.

If you’re plotting your next move up the career ladder and want to know more about the various paths into the corporate responsibility and sustainability world, then join me by following the links below.

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