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Hobbies & Interests: Vital Inclusion or CV Space Waster?
Every good CV tells the story of an individual’s career journey with an emphasis on education and employment history. This is because these two sections are what usually qualify you for a particular position. Still, if the most qualified person always landed the job, we would be living in a much different world. People hire candidates that they like, and there are some times where “liking” someone for a position can have more to do with the candidate’s personality than their past employment or qualifications.
Telling people what you like to do in your spare time will give them an idea about if you’re someone they’d like to be around 40 hours a week. In an ideal world, we all want to work with people that we get along with, that’s not exactly an earth-shattering revelation. That said, I’d strongly advise against taking up valuable space unremarkable interests such as socialising, reading or travelling. Not only will they fail to reveal much about your personality, but you’ll also be guaranteed an eye-roll from a recruiter who has read the same thing 50 times already that day.
It’s much more valuable if you select interests relevant to the position. For example, say you’re applying to be a programmer, and one of your interests is developing video games—list it. Or perhaps you’re looking for a role in motorsport—your CV might do well to include any race track volunteering you do. The chances are high that there’s some overlap between the job you’re applying for and the interest you enjoy doing in your spare time.
Just remember that any interest you list on your CV should actually be an interest you have—how embarrassing would it be to list “salsa buff” because you think it will make you sound exotic, only to find out that your hiring manager is a regular on the dancefloor? So be honest about what hobbies and interests you list, as with all aspects of your CV. And it almost goes without saying that if your interests outside work have no relevance to the job you are applying for, it’s better not to include them.
So, if you’ve got some room left at the bottom on your CV, why not include something unique to you and share a little about why, even when you’re off the clock, you’d be an excellent fit for the position.
How to Recession-Proof Your Career
According to IMF estimates global growth is projected at –4.9% in 2020. In fact, it has been reported that the downward impact from the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly endangered all socio-economic progress in the world since the 1990s. Despite Government initiatives to provide support to households and firms suffering the consequences of mandated restrictions on activity, it is anticipated many sectors are likely to emerge persistently smaller after the pandemic. Given we all are experiencing a crisis like no other along with an uncertain recovery, what is the best course of action to take during these throes of change?
How to reflect a career change in a professional CV
How to reflect a career change in a professional CV. Change is rarely easy, and when it comes to switching to a different field, industry or profession, this can be particularly daunting. The task to conform to the required skills and expected competencies for a new job may seem monumental, and the shift from the old field to the new may be one of the biggest mental hurdles that professional must conquer.
However, professionals tend to underestimate just how transferable their skills are. Skills and competencies from a specific industry may also relevant to other industries. Your chances of success greatly depend on how you package yourself and how your CV presents your strengths and capabilities.
The Importance of Personal Branding in 2020
If you want to kick-start your career or work towards a new goal, promoting your distinctive brand through social media is a powerful way to establish credibility and build your professional network.
While the global economy is taking a massive hit due the global COVID-19 pandemic, digital platforms are seeing higher engagement rates than ever, with more people looking to information and entertainment online, and focusing their attention on social platforms and other apps.
What Recruiters Are Saying About Hiring During the Pandemic
As a CV Writer, I’m fortunate enough to be privy to a range of discussions in the recruitment community. As it stands, sadly, they all share the same refrain: that the current business landscape is in turmoil. People are losing their jobs, fearing for their careers, and for their health – with pressure ratcheted upon business leaders and their talent management teams. It would be wrong to sugar-coat this. However, all is not lost and opportunities abound for job seekers.
Crisis and Change Management – Making the Impossible, Possible.
At the time of writing this blog the world in the grip of the Coronavirus Pandemic. This is already causing disruption to everything including schooling, commerce and travel. At the corporate level, we will soon be seeing changes to industrial strategies and business models. As a result of these unexpected and seemingly impossible changes, it’s highly likely that businesses, organisations and individuals will encounter resistance either personally, professionally, or both.
Regardless of the situation or local, whether it be at the workplace, airport, or dealing with management teams, people react to being told “it’s not possible” in a variety of ways, and not all those ways are productive. To get around the brick walls which corporations, bureaucracies and other social groups put in our way, it is important to follow these helpful tips.
15 ways to make your CV stand out!
It’s often reported that recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a CV before they make the initial decision on candidates. That means you have to win them over fast.
Amelia Brooke, founder of ABCV Solutions, created an example of an excellent CV to show what works.
Top 7 tips for writing the perfect engineering CV
One of the most key elements of success in a job search is the CV and the engineering CV can often be one of the more difficult documents to develop. The CV is the job seeker’s primary marketing document that sells the product – the skills and experience of the engineer. To be effective, an engineering CV must grab the attention of the reader in a matter of seconds. A good engineering CV will extend that attention span to over a minute. Better yet, a successful CV will prompt the reader to contact the job seeker. In effect, the success of the job search revolves around the effectiveness of the first step – the CV.
Top 10 Emerging Skills for the C-Suite
Earlier this year the research and analytics company Gartner Talent Neuron analysed over 400 job postings for C-suite executives from 2015 to 2018 from locations around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. The analysis revealed the top 10 hard and soft skills based on the highest emerging demand for all C-level job titles. The data from the study shows that C-suite executives are increasingly expected to have technical skills such as advanced-tech knowledge in addition to cognitive and social soft skills.