Get Your Personality to Shine in Your CV

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Get your personality to shine in your CV

Your personality is unique. No-one has the same behavioural make-up and personal attributes that you have. Likewise, everyone’s career history is also unique. Why is it then that a great many CVs read like job descriptions or CV templates and give away very little about the individual behind the CV? It is almost as if many job seekers are afraid to let their personality shine through.

Be yourself

Perhaps in a corporate world of blue suits and black-shoes-only for city slickers, the tone is set for CVs too. Better to shuffle along as part of the pack. Don’t raise your head above the parapet. I’m sure there are a few more metaphors job seekers have unwittingly reverberating around their heads. But there is a conundrum here: you want your CV to stand out and yet at the same time are afraid of saying anything that might stand you out?

Find words that best describe your personal attributes

The problem with the above thinking is painfully obvious. Your CV will be dull, generic and likely to be swiftly passed over by an employer. Surely it is much better to be brave and bold? To define your personal brand as marketers might say. This isn’t about making unsupportable statements, it is about finding words that describe the personal qualities that drive your success. In short, what makes you good at your job...

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