What motivates me?

Running motivatedHave you ever asked yourself this question? I’ve worked on this with may people I’ve coached and find that it’s an important part of finding a path in life which fits for us, whether at work or outside. We all have things which motivate us. However, not everyone is motivated by the same things, and indeed these can shift over time, as our life goals and experience of the world change.

Paying attention to what motivates you helps you to find the kind of work and environment which you’ll enjoy more. Sounds obvious doesn’t it? Yet I speak to people who are working in roles where their job, the rewards, the culture and management of the organisation are not in alignment with what really motivates them.… Read the rest

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How to write a great CV part 4: Content is King (or Queen)

How to write a great CVYou can create the most beautiful CV in the world, but without content that adds impact, it won’t have the effect you’re looking for. Today we’ll cover a few tips on how to give your CV content a makeover, focus attention on the right points and convince a recruiter that they really have to interview you.

So what?

This is the question you have to ask of everything you put in your CV. It’s the question a recruiter may well think when they read it, so you may as well deal with it right at the start. Pretty much everything which goes in your CV should be relevant to the role you are applying for, or shaped/reworded to make it as relevant as possible.… Read the rest

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How to write a great CV part 3 – Chronological and Skills based CVs

How to write a great CVAn important decision when writing your CV is the style of CV to use. There are a number of distinct CV styles out there, but the main two are:

  • Chronological CV
  • Skills based CV

Choose the style that you feel will present your experience and skills best. To help you choose, here are some of the main advantages and disadvantages of each.

Chronological CV style

A chronological CV lists your education and work experience in reverse chronological order, so an employer can clearly see a sequence. Skills are usually described within those sections rather than being listed separately. See our post on CV formatting and sections for the most common headers used in a chronological CV.… Read the rest

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How to write a great CV part 2 – formatting and sections

How to write a great CVWelcome back to our series on how to write a CV. In part 1, we covered what your CV is really there to do, and how to research the employer. In this post we’re to going to cover CV formatting, the different sections that can make up your CV, and overall structure, to help you create impact.

If you haven’t yet part 1 of this series, you can find it here: How to Write a great CV part 1 – researching the employer.

CV format

Your CV should in general be 2 pages (in the UK), and A4 size. There are exceptions to the rule, but unless otherwise advised, sticking to two pages is the best way to go.… Read the rest

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How to write a great CV part 1 – researching the employer

How to write a great CVLike them or loathe them, CVs are the way many employers select candidates that they wish to interview. A high percentage of applicants are rejected at this stage in the selection process, making it vital that you convince them that you have the right blend of skills, motivation and experience for the role. That’s a tough ask in only two pages!

Most people know how to put a CV together, but there’s a difference between something that looks ok and a CV which will show you at your best and convince an employer you’re exactly what they need. Having reviewed thousands of CVs over many years, I’ve seen some extremely common mistakes, even from very experienced professionals.… Read the rest

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Finding the right career direction #1

Career directionHow do you choose the right career direction? It’s a question that’s so simple to ask, but so hard to answer. Part of the reason why it’s so hard is because it’s linked to an even bigger, more fundamental question: what should I do with my life?

In this article you’ll find advice to get you started with answering that question.

What is a career, exactly?

When many people think about a ‘career’, it’s often visualised as a path or destination that they’re aiming towards. In some ways this links back to the notion from our parents’ and grandparents’ generations of a career for life, and a linear journey toward that place.… Read the rest

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