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In December and January we often see recruitment advertisements with this heading as it

Bust of Julius Caesar from the British Museum

Bust of Julius Caesar from the British Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

seems to be considered a time of year when many people start to look for a new job.  Our own experience bears this out as we tend to have increased numbers of new candidates to work with in January but why is this?

The New Year is a time for thinking about new possibilities when we are attracted by the lure of something new.  Perhaps there is a link to making New Year resolutions as we tend to have time off with family and friends and think about setting resolutions or bettering ourselves in some way e.g. losing weight or giving up smoking.  It is thought that New Year resolutions were started by Julius Caesar as a way of honouring the Roman mythical god Janus whose two faces allowed him to look both into the past year and also forward to the New Year.

If, during this period of contemplation, you decide that you are dissatisfied with your current job perhaps the first step is to think about whether you can do anything to improve it – remember the grass is not always greener.  If you do decide to move on how big a change do you want to make?  How easy or difficult will that be?  How likely are you to succeed?  The diagram below demonstrates the different changes you could potentially make with Same Job, Same Industry being the simplest move and Different Job, Different Industry the most difficult.  Of course it’s up to you how big a change you feel you want to make but be realistic about how challenging a step it might be and think about whether there might be incremental steps that you need to take in order to reach your end goal.

Same Job

Different Industry

Similar Job

Different Industry

Different Job

Different Industry

Same Job

Similar Industry

Similar Job

Similar Industry

Different Job

Similar Industry

Same job

Same Industry

Similar Job

Same Industry

Different Job

Same Industry

If you do decide to take the leap do make sure that your CV is as good as it can be.  There is lots of help and advice out there including at www.macresourcing.com where there are also a large number of jobs which might just grab your interest!

 

 

 

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I have been reading a number of articles recently proclaiming the death of the CV in its traditional format and as someone who is regularly asked for CV advice I like to keep up to date with current views.

Is the CV dead? No but it is certainly changing.

New developments

In the last few years I have seen more CVs with web links in them, perhaps through the logo of a previous company or a link to a graduate’s dissertation or a published paper.  These are useful assuming the CV is being read in an electronic format as most are.  I have also seen candidates from creative industries presenting a CV like an advertisement or even a storyboard and these certainly catch the attention but are they perhaps best left to those in creative roles?

The latest new development appears to be the video CV and there are a number of examples on YouTube as well as tips on how to prepare one. This trend appears to be more active in America right now but since we generally follow their lead eventually it’s worth being aware of. I think the two examples below are pretty cool and surprisingly both of these were produced at least 2 years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBLL1EkNSY8&feature=fvwrel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZPCzLUd35A&feature=related

There are even some animated cover letters out there admittedly this one is from someone who was looking for a job in animation and it’s probably much harder to animate examples of your work in other fields.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmNCWA3Ei-A&feature=related

So do we all need to rush out and learn how to animate our CV and take courses in how to present to a camera so we can be on YouTube too?  Probably not right now as most employers websites and application processes will only accept the traditional format of CV but definitely an interesting development for the future and well worth considering for those in Marketing, PR, Communications and even Sales.

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