What are you looking for from your next career move?
Power questions will help you to discover exactly what you need from your next job. No matter where you are or what you are doing at present, you want ‘more’ from your next job and your working life. Are you looking for more money, prestige, respect, value and self-worth, progression, opportunity, power, calmness, clarity, quality, freedom, safety, recognition or perhaps something else? Whether you achieve what you need depends upon how well you communicate your message in your CV.
Reread your existing CV.
Would the employer be aware of what you are looking to achieve career-wise? Does your CV show your ability to see things clearly? Is your CV a hotchpotch of ideas? How have you sold the idea of taking you on as a member of the company’s team?
Have you packaged yourself correctly?
Would the reader be able to see within the first twenty seconds of reading your CV where your main areas of expertise lie? Have you shown your depth of character and expertise rather than relying on buzz words?
Have you sold your strengths in a positive way?
It is often when the candidate focuses on his/her strengths that the biggest blunders are made. For example, ‘Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year’, ‘Lets meet, so you can ooh and aah over my experience’, ‘I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse’, ‘I am loyal to my employer at all costs… please feel free to respond to my CV on my office voice mail’. Do candidates forget how to sell themselves? Or are they unaccustomed to valuing their skills and experience in a positive way to win them work?
Are you making the most of on-line job hunting?
The Internet has changed the way candidates look for work. At the press of a button you can have easy access to a far wider range of jobs in your chosen profession. Equally the employer has access to more candidates. It is now much easier to match the right person into the right job. Have you left it to chance for the right employer to pick up your CV? Have you given your CV some memorable personal touches?
Does your CV have passion?
Passion is what drives a career forward. It is about having the maturity to understand what works in the business sector that you are in but also possessing the sensitivity and flexibility to make things happen. How passionate are you about your work? Have you got this over in your CV?
Does your CV reflect your reputation?
Your reputation is important. You will always be judged upon what you have achieved rather than on what you meant to do or what you could have done. How strong is your track record? Have you done a good job of promoting yourself on your CV?
Do you deserve a good job? Do you take action to deliver what you want or need? Owning your own power is crucial to your career success. What do you need to focus on?
If you change your CV to reflect your expertise and what you can deliver, this will change the response you receive from employers.
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