Write your CV to Greatness

It is frustrating for an employer to receive queries through social media on how a CV should look like, let alone, asking the possible employer on what the body of the email should be and be asking outright about the compensation prior to sending your CV for their reference.

Few questions were:

“How much will the compensation be before I send you my CV?”

“What should I write in the body of the email in order for my email be recognized?”

” May I work part-time, say, 2 hours?”

In this age where technology and Education plays a huge part, it’s ironic how lazy people have become.  To give tribute to those who are in need of guidance, I have come up with this post to help you ace the first step to presenting yourself.

WHAT IS A CV?

When applying for certain positions in the corporate world or whichever industry you’d want to pursue, whether locally or internationally, you may be required to submit a curriculum vitae rather than a resume. To differentiate, a curriculum vitae, or CV, includes more information than your typical resume which only has your educational background.

Your cv must have information such as:

  • Education and academic achievements
  • research or proof of concepts
  • publications recognitions
  • awards
  • affiliations
  • sample works etc.

Typically, a cv is two or more pages long. It includes an in-depth detailed synopsis than a resume with a clear, concise, complete and up-to-date with current employment and educational information. This is your pitch.

Aside from the above-mentioned, a cv also presents an up-close and personal account of your career achievements and ventures.

  • Personal details and contact information.
  • Education and qualifications. Be precise and certain on the names of the institutions you’ve been with, dates attended in reverse order and specifics.(Ph.D., Masters, Undergraduate.)
  • Work experience/employment history.  This should be in chronological order.  Your career history is presented in reverse date order starting with most recent.
  • Skills.  Are you computer literate? What applications or software are you an expert on or is comfortable utilizing? Any foreign language skills? and any other recent training that is relevant to the role applied for.

As DATA PRIVACY is highly practiced globally. It is your right NOT TO INCLUDE  the following which doesn’t concern in accomplishing tasks:

  • Salary history
  • Reasons why you left your previous position/company
  • References in your CV are optional
  • Height and Weight (Not unless this is an aeronautics industry post)

How Long Should a CV Be?

Ideally, your CV shouldn’t be more than two or three pages. Ensure that you have a clear and precise data on your resume and only include what is relevant. Structure your CV according to what position you’re applying for. You may use bullet points rather than full sentences to help minimise word usage and convenience on analyzing your presentation.

What Is the Difference Between a Resume and a CV?

It’s not much of a difference however between a resume and a curriculum vitae, the differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae are the length, inclusion, and what each is used for.  Be mindful that these two are not always interchangeable. They both are used in job applications however they’re meant for specific applications.

CV‘s are typically longer than a resume.  It provides a summary of one’s experience and skills. It is a condensed version which highlights concisely to convey one’s skills and qualifications – achievements, awards, merits etc. Often times, the front page after the cover page already speaks directly to what you’re applying for knowing that there is always a pool of applicants being sent every day.

Resume on the other hand, provided a summary of your education, work history, credentials and other accomplishments and skills with optional sections which have Objective and Career summary statement.

Typically, compared to a two to three pages like a CV; resumes are only one page long. It’s chronological, functional and fits the type of job you are applying for.

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Start a blog and blog-a-reach!

I have been blogging since 6th grade during the time when coding through DOS, Microsoft interim messenger, and Touch Typing for Beginners was still the ‘it’ thing.  Platforms have already lost its prestige in cyberspace – Angelfire, Geocities, Open Diary, Xanga and the like. Blogging, during such early age, was referred to as a personal journal where Dear-Diary-I-saw-crush-today kind of topics and all the angst were relayed.

Kept through the habit of writing, regardless if my grammar was right or wrong (mostly cringe-worthy), it certainly became an outlet for anything and about everything under the sun. It opened doors to opportunities I never knew existed – wrote weekly contributions to a reputable newspaper, became a high school newspaper managing editor, had my first full-page feature in few dailies and received paychecks which I never understood why I had to be paid.

The reason why I kept on blogging and still exerted to continuously contribute is that I  grew up seeing my Dad day-in and day-out in front of his typewriter writing journals and showing me his by-lines, tagging me along in a certain cafe where all the known editors in the country gather for friendly banters. The love to write grew exponentially as I received feedback from readers whom I never met from across the globe – mostly were seafarers.

Since then, I not only wanted to keep on writing. It has become part of me. I have an annual goal to at least have few contributions published and push myself to get better at it.

REASON 1: You want to develop a voice and share your thoughts

Blogging has become my outlet in so many ways. I had a fitness diary which has evolved, a career blog to document few hyperlinks I can still trace and just pour out my thoughts.

But then, just like few others, I realized I am not much a writer.  I was more of this kind who tries, tries, and tries, saying no as an answer. There were times I also gave up, doubted myself and stopped altogether – this, I regret most.

Now, you want to blog and make money out of it?

It’s still doable. However, you’ve got to be consistent, purposeful, determined and always intentional to what you write and why you want to write.  Every person starts somewhere, and this is your clean slate.

Blogging most definitely will sharpen your skills – it’ll make you want to learn how to design your website, take better photos, have editing skills for that video and grow a strategy on what kind of blog you’d want to progressively have.

It’s encouraging and habit-forming. Alongside, with practice and developing interest, you’ll be able to eventually find your voice and style.  Blogging gave me courage to speak in an audience and widened my interest.

REASON 2: You want to have more reach and collaborate

From the running community to the career-driven industries, I have met numerous people and have developed friendships despite knowing we’ve met online first prior to the typical old-fashioned meet and greet or introduction from a networking event or parties.

Blogapalooza + World Citizen Passport

And, not only locally, It was also amazing having to form a network globally sharing the same interests and goals – mostly, fitness related.

REASON 3:  You’d want to achieve more and be more; Your dream job, Attract Clients.

Blogging is the new resume. No kidding.

It led me to be one of the REEBOK Brand Ambassador wherein I have kept myself healthy not just physique but also with self-discipline and met wonderful friends in the process. It also brought me to a career in organizing fun runs, triathlons and wrote in health and fitness related dailies and magazines.

It was a combination of all other jobs I was doing but Blogging has definitely made an impact – it gives you the credentials you don’t even need to say. In this world where the internet is predominant, being searchable with good content builds your name; it allows and let people see the possibilities how it is to be working with you and what you can create or produce.

With regards to my career and lifestyle blog, it has given me the opportunity to be a thought leader, public speaker, contributor to dailies and tv and so much more including the credibility on organizing workshops for clients and showcase myself.

If you’re into arts such as photography, creatives and writing – having a blog makes it easier in presenting your portfolio and style.

REASON 4:  BE A VOICE, RELAY A MESSAGE

You don’t need to work in media in order for you to spread the word about certain interests and events. Blogging also has been a venue for me to promote not just my own but also helped friends towards their endeavors. It is also because of blogging where I was able to run a fundraising project for Maple Tree Foundation during my first marathon, thanks to friends who supported, it has garnered a significant amount and has helped people.

It was because of the blog where I was able to not only monetize and boosted my presence, it has also become an outlet for me to contribute and be socially responsible. I  was also able to establish an expertise, and have proven that with determination and consistency -it’s doable, and even started few speaking engagements and earned from them!

Be intentional and purposeful; the more you reach out and relate to people, the more you get to extend your reach.  Support friends and be a collaborator.

What is your reason for blogging?

We’ll talk about ways to monetize your blog on my next post. But for now, assess and build that platform. What voice would you want to share?



No time for your own entrepreneurial venture?

I have been in that shoes before.

If you don’t allocate time and effort, it will never happen.  Looking back from the day I jumped into a solopreneur in 2010,  my motivation was running. I wanted to become an athlete, I wanted to have time for my marathon goals, pursue yoga training and become a triathlete. I wanted to end the night-shifts as an hotelier and felt compelled I could do much more.

Sometimes, all you need is a spark to make you get out of the box you’re in. Did I ever become an athlete? a marathon runner, yes. Became a certified kids yoga instructor,  and still working on becoming a triathlete.

Being a solopreneur can also be overwhelming, in fact, it is overwhelming.  You’d have to find the time to fit everything: making money, developing a product, refining your skills and continuously marketing yourself to gain more clients.

It’s like going through an MBA program on steroids. 

In every corporate job I’ve endeavored to be in, I took it as an opportunity to learn.  I was always observing my peers, questioning my bosses, and volunteering to do more than what I am tasked to do; often times, I may have gone beyond what’s in my job description but that’s how we grow. If we settle, you’ll get stuck from just being where you are. Curiosity has always been roaring and I wasn’t afraid of asking, trying and failing.

If you’re stuck in a rut with that 9-5pm job, maybe you’d have to change that mindset and consider it as a free learning ground; and you get paid for the service rendered. Treat it as if it were your business, and you’ll be able to gain critical decision-making skills along the way.  Once you’re equipped, apply it to your next endeavor and pursue.

There were times I felt like a real mess when I was in my corporate job, especially when I experienced handling three (3) departments because all the heads resigned and I was the newbie who had no choice but to keep the business running. I had to learn the ropes on the fly, make use of the available resources and consulted every person I can.  Despite the overwhelmed tasks, it was also the gig I am most grateful for.

Leave complaints out of your way. Every hardship is an opportunity to grow.

It was a vicious spiral and I didn’t know how to get out of the rut. Throughout those periods when I used to work for other people, I realized I wanted to work with people and not just solely be enslaved by a daily routine.  I wanted to hit my goals so badly, I had finally found the thing I knew I was meant to do which will fulfill my being, fuel my drive, and enrich my interests. 

Once I managed to shift as I was headed for burnout, it all changed.

Here are  few practices I still use to this day, I hope this also finds to help you towards working on your entrepreneurial venture:

1.  FOCUS 

If you’re currently at your 9-5pm job, focus on your tasks and prioritize. Jumping back and forth between tasks not only make you feel inefficient, you’ll also feel burned out. Anxiety is the last thing we’d want to go through every day when deadlines approach.

2.  NOTE IT

Call me old school but I’m still the girl who carries pen and paper. If an idea pops in, don’t rely on ‘just remembering’ as trust me, you will never get to remember it completely. Write down tasks before you start and end your day. These reminders will help you go through your week and make you manage your schedule.

3. SCHEDULE 

As you take note of reminders, tasks, and ideas. You should have your calendar and notepad as your productivity best friend. Break it down into actionable tasks and manageable chunks, schedule the activities accordingly in order for you to set appointments and analyze which is best for face to face meetings, emails or conference calls.

Transfer your calendar notes on your mobile phone’s google calendar and send out client scheduling system for everything in order for you to set through the commitment.

4.  TOP 3 TASKS

Nothing in the workforce aren’t rush nor important. Every delivery is a priority, however, given the tight deadlines, it’s best to manage deliverables according to its weight. Even if you think you can manage and do everything in a day; given the uncontrollable circumstances, it’ll be impossible to accomplish everything.

Focus on the top 3 priorities especially those with dependencies.  Pressuring yourself to have everything done in a day not only will burn you out, it’ll also put a whole lot of unnecessary stress on your sleeves.

5. ALIGN DELIVERABLES

That also includes commitments.  Clarity would make the work easier and efficient. If you work with a team, being on the same page makes a whole lot of difference. Seek for their thoughts and make sure you’re all on the same track.

6. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Just like all other engagements, you’d have to also put yourself first. You only have yourself to depend to and there’s only one YOU.  Taking good care of yourself not only will it help you physically, it will also give you the breather you need. You’ll be kinder with your peers, efficient and productive.

If you can’t afford the gym, you can always resort to YOUTUBE videos, do jumping jacks and squats, and log-in a 3mins burpee. Monitor your mileage and walk.

7. CHANGE THAT MINDSET

If you keep on telling yourself “I have no time” and “will never find the time’, well, as you said, it’s never going to happen. You will physically and emotionally feel stressed, overwhelmed and anxious throughout all tasks laid on you. You are what you think.

Shifting that “never” mindset to reversing the belief, will completely change the way you feel and take action. Procrastination and unfocused action typically happen when you pour the negativity and take too much advantage of your free spirit.

As they say, your thoughts do create your reality. This has been proven numerous times from both scientific and spiritual perspective.  Your choice.

8. FOCUS ON THE SOLUTION 

Never the problem. There is no such thing as problems, there are only but challenges.

Troubleshooting, management, and critical strategic thinking can never be referred to textbooks but there may be rules to follow. You already have the solution in you, it’s how you face it which makes a difference.

Give yourself the space to get creative and avoid being reactive.

Pause and look inwards, and the solution will come. Get into the habit of putting your entrepreneurial capabilities hat on rather telling yourself that you have no power over the situation. You may not need to do it alone, consult.

9. ASK

There’s nothing wrong in asking for a helping hand or someone’s thoughts when you think you’re stuck in a rut or just can’t seem to get off a situation. It’s a people-centric business,  if you need support, by all means, lift the phone and schedule the meeting. Get it.

10.  BE RATIONALLY IMPATIENT AND DELEGATE

Have that sense of urgency but have patience. It’s okay to be impatient when there are goals you’d have to achieve and have set a deadline.  However, sometimes, due to unforeseen circumstances, consider the in-betweens.

Don’t feel left behind, just so long you’re committing time to your goals and working on milestones you’ve set – this shows how committed you are to your success.

Delegate if you must, one can’t-do everything alone.

What is your end goal? be clear and make it happen.  You’re on your own journey, on your own path. This is your true self, your own timeline. Don’t compare yourself to someone who has already started their chapter 1 long time ago. Being frustrated and overwhelmed is normal but being hard on yourself won’t’ make you a better entrepreneur.

 

Give yourself credit for what you’ve accomplished, where you’ve been, what you’ve gone through. This is your journey.  You have time. Don’t give up, you are limitless.