Learning to network

November 15, 2006

Approaching my CV differently

Filed under: Self-marketing, TTD — Arthur M. Gallagher @ 5:49 pm

After looking at some of those award-winning CVs yesterday, it struck me that the structure of the CV (especially what order it comes in) is actually a very individual thing. Our strongest and most valuable assets should be highlighted first. Easier said than done, but knowing we have this flexibility is powerfully liberating.

My usual place for flashes of inspiration is under the shower, and yesterday I was indeed gratefully illuminated in the cubicle. I realised that my capacity for learning made my actual experience secondary, and that my more valuable asset is the way I approach projects. Having seen more detailed summaries at the top of certain CVs, this made me wonder if I should not relegate the past jobs list to below a description of the value of my approach.

This also made sense because so often I have seen myself wanting to repeat the same “why I did that job so well” in each individual role. This was counterproductive because it caused repetition and diluted what was different about each role. This way, all the “method in my madness” gets pulled up to the top, leaving me to describe key facets of the projects where I got to exercise my approach.

Hmmm, let’s work through this idea and see if it still bears scrutiny once I am thoroughly towelled dry.

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