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What’s Your ‘Plan B’?

If you got made redundant tomorrow, what would you do? I’m not trying to be a miserable kill-joy, it’s something worth thinking about so you are not caught ‘on the hop’.  Keeping your CV up to date is one thing. Key wording your profile and being active on Linkedin groups to raise your profile another.  Read more on What’s Your ‘Plan B’?…

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A Good CV Is Like Squeezing Oranges Because..

You need to just use the juice on your CV, having squeezed lots of oranges, but you don’t need the pith, skins or pips. If you want to reposition yourself to change career or have a few years on the clock, this is even more important. The things you have done in many jobs, don’t need to be repeated, what’s the benefit? What are your achievements and best skills? 

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A Good CV Is Like Squeezing Oranges

Off to the market, will explain why later. For now – click on this link for CV tips:

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Career change – changing needs and wants

  •  I have recently been analysing the needs and identifying segments of all the people who have attended our career change workshop so far.
  • They are all professionals, from diverse professions including marketing and selling.  Common challenges are the restrictions that people have on doing what they want; jobs too far away, not being able to move location for work because of kids settled in school,  lack of money for retraining, jobs with lower than ideal salaries, shortage of jobs at a senior level, no feedback from interviews, skills out of date, lack of self confidence and many more.  I have identified 20 client archetypes so far and there are probably more….  

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Career hates and fears

I did another career workshop yesterday and we had some great people and a very diverse bunch too. One lady was about mid 40 and realised she has always hated her career which made me think how many people out there hate theirs and never get around to making a change until it’s forced upon them with redundancy.

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Best Employers for working families

 

I got this info from a TUC bulletin.

I’m not a parent myself, I find it hard enough to get myself out of the house in the morning, but those of you that are, this is for you:

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Top Tips for your CV

Your CV is a very important document. It is a summary of who you are, where you’ve worked and needs to convince the reader very quickly to read on beyond the first page and that you are worth investing more of their time in. Its main objective is to gain you an interview and its second objective is to give an initial impression of you as a brand.

As someone working in the marketing and communications field, remember the skills that you apply to brands can also be applied to yourself, so keep your objective in mind and create a strategy and plan for your CV.   In an ideal world, your CV would be targeted 100% to each individual job, but lack of time can prevent this.

A good CV:·        Is no more than three pages in length·        Its content and style is targeted to your target audience, i.e. the interviewer (s) ·        Its design/layout matches your target employer/profession, i.e. modern if modern, traditional if traditional·        Says enough without saying too much ·        It needs to convey both what makes you different or better than your competitors, and give an indication about your ‘brand’ character.

Common mistakes on CVs

·        Putting the education section first
·        Not putting the most recent information e.g. jobs and qualifications first
·        Making it too long/wordy so the reader switches off
·        Having too much detail about what you do in your job, rather than how you’ve added value
·        Including references
·        Not giving enough thought to the design and font used
·        Lying/exaggerating your role

Tips to create a good CV:·        Create a clear and consistent structure using tables/borders/different size fonts or bold/underline/italics for headings·        Put the key information on the first page, i.e. your name and address, paragraph summary about your years’ experience and achievements and initiatives. ·        Unless you have under 5 years experience, put where you’ve worked and what you’ve done further back in a tidy format·        Include training and other information such as hobbies to give a flavour of you the person·        Don’t repeat information – summarise your core skills·        Think about what you want the reader to feel and think and then design your CV to elicit this response·        Use action words and data £ budgets, % increases etc to build evidence e.g. achieved, initiated etc ·        Get feedback from people you know and trust and recruitment agencies and interviewers can also provide useful pointers·    
For more information on CV writing Energise is running a workshop, please see below for details.

ENERGISE STEER YOUR CAREER WORKSHOP Next date 10 – 4 Sat 10th January 2009

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