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.
How many times have you started writing a CV or resume before you did a search for your dream job?
More than once? Every time? Neither response would surprise me. As a career coach with many years’ experience inside the HR department, I’ve seen the hallmarks of this approach arrive on my desk all too often. Which is why I’m going to give it to you straight and say: “Not so fast!”
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!
Ceres in Boston, Massachusetts is looking to hire a Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency to play a key role in their work with investors and companies to materially ramp up energy efficiency investment. This position will focus on encouraging companies to boost energy productivity, advancing policies that enable increased energy efficiency, and producing analytical materials that make the business case for energy efficiency
BSR is seeking an experienced manager for its sustainability practice in San Francisco. The San Francisco office leads BSR’s efforts to work with corporate BSR members and non-members across the United States, with a focus on the west coast, to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions.
Partners Group in Zug, Switzerland has an exciting new opportunity for an Investment Manager Impact Investing (AVP with Focus on Direct Investments) to join their team. Responsible to build up the Direct Investment practice within PG Impact Investments, leveraging existing investment know how and specialist resources within Partners Group to ensure effective and efficient investment processes; support the development of the overall impact measuring system within PG Impact Investments.
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