As I’m preparing to run a CV Clinic at the Evesham Job Fair, I’m asking myself why it is so difficult to write my own CV when I’m so often successfully helping others writing theirs. I hear this all the time from people I help, that they would rather write someone else’s CV than their own. I think this is down to a mixture of not wanting to be seen as bragging as well as the fact that we take what we do as normal, nothing special, something we think everyone can do. But that’s not really the case. In my Confident in Work courses I always say that we all have a unique employability DNA. No one else has the exact same skills, abilities, qualities and experience that you have. So the CV is there to help you package that unique DNA and give potential employers a flavour of how, with that DNA, you could contribute to their business. So think about what you have done in the past; what skills have you used in order to complete those job tasks, what aspects have you really enjoyed, what do you do that might not be in your job description but it comes natural to you? These are the kind of things you want to put down in a CV (if it’s relevant for the job you are applying for!).
And when it comes to bragging – your CV is a marketing tool and so you want to use it as such. If you think you are being too boastful ask a friend or a colleague to read through it and see if they think you sound arrogant. Likelihood is they won’t and that they will think the CV is great. Maybe they can even add some things you either forgot about or didn’t think important. Another way of looking at it is if you don’t let employers out there know about you, they will be missing out on a great employee. So get out there and let the world now about you and all your fantastic skills and experience you have to give!
What do you find difficult when writing your CV? How easy is it to write about your “employability DNA”? I’d love to hear what you think.