You must have heard the phrase or versions of the phrase at least, ‘Where one door closes, a window opens..,’ Alexandra Graham Bell. Or even, ‘#SabKuchAchheKeLiyeHotaHai,’ Mum.
When we are down, it just seems so unbelievable yet people use these words all the time don’t they, so there must be something in it. Ever wondered how something good can come out of something bad? Well, the way it happens is, that all of us learn from adversity and we become better and stronger to be able to overcome it or to just adjust ourselves with in it, it’s a human survival instinct. So, the time has come to convert the Corona Virus into a ‘positive’ by taking its strongest traits and making it work for you.
We are all in a situation where the choice in some way has been taken out of our hands, but look at the good side, it’s enforced annual leave which you would never have got otherwise. What makes it even better, is the fact that everyone is in the same boat which is a kind of consolation. So, my advice is to spend the time that you have at home, on developing yourself into something bigger and better, just like the current virus that is constantly mutating to survive. If this small thing can do it, then so can you!
What does the Corona Virus look like ?
If the Corona Virus had a resume, it would definitely show its ‘Zhatak’ impact from the it was deployed. Life is always about learning and adapting to a continuously changing environment to be ahead of the game. Let’s see if we can learn something from the current pandemic that could change the course of your life forever.
Name: Corona virus
Employment date: November 2019 – till date
Achievements: Brought the world to a standstill
Position: A lethal virus that had almost 7.5 billion people reporting to it.
Skills: Affected almost 5 million people and killed almost 300 thousand.
Impact: Cost the global economy at least 2 trillion dollars
Does your resume stand out like this and have the same impact?
I think its high time to stand out and be noticed! Don’t be the same as everyone else because you will end up blending in, and shoved unceremoniously into the shredding machine!
Nobody really knows anybody from a piece of paper but you can definitely give it a damn good try. As soon as a finger clicks onto your profile or fiddles with your CV, you’ve got one chance to hold their attention and make an immediate impression. Your creativity and thought is enough to communicate that you are different and you are worth considering. This could be life changing in ways that you could never have imagined.
LOOK AT A GOOD CURRENT EXAMPLE
First look at the way that the Corona Virus has hit the screen with a great background looking amazing in a bright and clear picture. Then as you read the newspapers, It has consistent effective headlines with lovely timelines. Moreover, it gets straight to the point with strong figures by its side which shows its direct impact in terms of solid figures. So, it’s time to open that window, and take away something from the current situation that definitely is ‘positive.’
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE
Some people say it took 7 days for god to build the world, so here are 7 tips that may help build your CV and change your life!
1. If you are online and you are asked to add a picture then do ensure that it is a professional one. It’s advisable to wear a professional outfit, and take a picture preferably waist up with (neutral make up) and a neutral expression. Managers are drawn to pictures, especially if you’re in an industry where it really makes a difference such as architecture , fashion or graphic design where the photo is the first shop stop in expressing ones personality. However, a picture may not be necessary on a hard copy as it wastes valuable space.
2. Be contactable immediately: Always start with your personal details first with your name at the top and attach a professional title to it. Don’t let any opportunity go.
Eg. Vedika Brown – IT Analyst.
3. Be mature: Ensure that you email is a professional one so employers can take you seriously.
4. Be confident: Create a personal profile of around 3 lines or so, as it is one of the most important aspects of your CV. It sits right under your personal details and needs to be short and sharp with a summary of your most important skills gained, which highlight the benefits of employing you.
Eg. IT Manager with proven track record of leading teams, across departments. In depth knowledge of java and python and motivating team managers to create effective services across all platforms…
5. Be concise about your skills from the beginning: Add quick bullet points of your core skills so that potential employers can see at a glance, what you’ve got to give. Believe me, you’ve already got themhooked at this point. The core skill below are just examples and the more you you can find the better.
Eg. CORE SKILLS
- Application design
- Project management
6. Be thorough: Do your research for those target roles and see what skills that these jobs require. Then you can highlight those particular skills that you have gained when you write about your work experience.
7. Be dynamic: When writing about your experience, avoid big chunks of information as employers get bored of going through it. They have thousands of CVs so imagine their plight and don’t bore them byusing bullet points and getting to the point!
Eg: Responsibility-Result –Impact
Be direct: Include facts and figures where possible because backing up your achievements with figures is a great way to quantify your value to employers and that’s exactly what employers want to see. They simply need to know that you get results.
Eg: Managed a budget of 1 crore
Increased revenue by 15%
Led a team of 6
There you go, an effective starter pack to get out into the new world that is waiting for you, so good luck and be ‘CV -20 Positive!’
Written By Annie D (Founder Annie D Conversations)