A week ago and you would have found me in a not good place. Today I am feeling a whole lot better. So what’s changed?
One of the most significant things is the support and good wishes from people through twitter or this blog. Your encouragement has made a huge difference. And, of course, the RPS family has been pepping me up too.
Some folks have given really great advice about CVs that I’ve been drawing on today. A long hard look at mine alongside that of a colleague with whom I have been collaborating clearly showed some elementary errors. I’ll be interested to hear if the feedback from the consultants says the same next week.
Firstly, my opening was fluffed. Those few words right at the start are rubbish. Now re-written with some punch and impact. (No – I haven’t just gone with the ‘Gissa job’ approach.)
Secondly, it’s was far, far too long. I have narrowed the content down to a short list of what I think I am really good at and ruthlessly chopped the second rank stuff. In including too much stuff I think – in the words of HR girl’s comments on a previous post – I gave the consultancy every excuse to exclude me. And no clear, compelling reason to keep me in.
Finally, the career history stuff stretched back too far to be at all relevant and gave the impression of a person desperately searching for relevance. (Yes – I have finally taken of the cycling proficiency and swimming the width badges.)
Being able to get to grips with something practical has been really helpful in buoying me up. I also had the Guardian Local Government Network Q&A on redundancy on Wednesday which gave me a lot of focus. I hope I did some good. I certainly learned a lot as you will see from my post on this on Thursday.
The final thing I have been doing is a bit of a stock take about what I want to do rather than working from a premise that I must find a job. What a need to find is a way of earning a living. That’s not necessarily the same thing as becoming an employee. So, I have been seriously plotting about how to set up as a businessman. Perhaps even pursuing something completely outside out my current world doing something that I am passionate about.
For a bloke like me that’s a really radical thought. Running my own business. I read something recently about running your own business. The author – a succesful businesswoman – said real benefit of working for your self is that you can choose to do things that match your values. It means not having to trim your values to match those of your big corporate employer.
That really resonated with me. The countless times I have fumed over some piece of corporate folly could be a thing of the past. We’ll see.
In the meantime I’d better get back to sharpening up this CV. I will get it right if it kills me …