Monday, October 11, 2021

Careers advisers’ views: should you only use punctuation?

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That CVs are “windbags” doesn’t mean they are ineffective. My role is to maximise a candidate’s potential, not to parrot employers’ jobs descriptions.

It’s your CV and why you’re doing what you’re doing on it that will determine whether you succeed in landing the job. It’s clearly what employers are interested in, not how you’ve filled out the last three years of punctuation in your CV.

How does “significantly contributed to the collective success of the football club” demonstrate your potential to achieve any professional advantage? I often hear this from applicants. I can’t help thinking it shows how “busyness martyrs” value their time more than other people. This not only reflects badly on you as a person, but often in the spirit of charity, even dishonours the commercial interests of the employer.

Don’t let that limiting definition of “busyness” get in the way of your full potential.

Dorie Clark is CEO of Uncover Your Potential

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