Attempting to sell myself AKA updating my CV
Urgh… you know you’ve been a bit out of touch when your CV was last updated in 2007. First of all I thought it must be a mistake. I searched and searched through my old files, but no, it’s true. Lordy, this means an almost entire re-write as opposed to the quick touch up I’d hoped for.
I am going to blame the 3rd sector, yes those pesky charities and not for profits I have been working for. They insist on making you put all of your information on their own application forms and refuse to allow you any freedom in the way you present yourself. It will therefore be a revelation to go back to the ‘old ways’ and write a wonderful summary of my talents for the world to embrace. Bugger. I have spent so long box-filling I have no idea where to start.
Google is not very helpful on this front either, it confuses me.
Should I go for minimalistic?
Should I begin with my education? Work history? A bit about how wonderfully employable I am? Someone once told me that a CV should showcase your assets to best fit the role you are going for. (Sadly, that advice came when I was 22 and my main work history was from a chip shop combined with a higher education in McDonaldsology)… as my friends would say… what do you say to a sociology graduate? Big mac and fries please.
So… I digress… how do you go about updating what essentially an aged and not very fascinating account of yourself so that suddenly everyone will be ringing up? – ‘Oh yes Gretel, we’d love to give you that job, and how much should we pay you? £100,000? Marvellous, you are clearly worth every penny’ – You have to be ruthless. Cut out all the old dross. No-one is really interested in that report you wrote about Ofsted inspections in 1998 or the contract you negotiated with the gardening team in 2004 even if you were particularly proud of those moments.
You have to tell people what they want to know, which basically means tweaking your CV for each job you go for, which (yes….) basically equates to writing an individualised job application form. So, I got a load of those out and cut and pasted bits and pieces of them all, re-formatted, aligned and put it in point 12. It’s still 2 & 1/2 pages long as I need to learn to be more ruthless, but it’s getting there and this means I now need to start applying for work… eeek, wish me luck