Why job searching with an average CV is like making a Christmas cake with methylated spirits: A toxic recipe for disaster

 

You are coming around to the idea that it is time to make a career change.  New year, new job.  You will have to dig out your old CV, which hasn’t been touched in ages, update it and start job searching; once you’ve actually found your old CV (last seen on a memory stick, rattling around at the back of the office drawer, stuck to some blu-tack and a couple of paperclips).  The hard bit is getting started.  Oh, as well as the actual tedium of the job search itself.

Christmas is approaching – time to bake my Christmas cake; a festive, culinary masterpiece in the making.

The more you think about it, the more it feels right.  In fact, you’ve got to the stage now where you really want to make a career change and your mindset is totally in the right place.  You want to leave now, but one thing stands in between you and your new job:  Your job search.   You’re working flat out at work, time is precious but you know to get the job you want, you will have to make time and put in the legwork.  You appreciate that it will be an inconvenience, but needs must – you visualise the end game and it will all be worth it.

I need to buy the best quality ingredients in order to bake the best Christmas cake ever.

But the clock is ticking, work is a constant distraction, but you want to get started.  You find your CV (eventually finding the memory stick, picking off the blu-tack) and glance over your CV – you can’t change history can you, so you just update your most recent job with tasks lifted from your job description and fire it off to recruiters.  If you had more time you would invest more effort into your CV but your priority is just to get it out and start the endless merry-go-round of career chats and interviews.

Original Christmas cake plans aborted – cheap ingredients thrown into the mix, recipe compromised, but the cake is still lovingly baked.  After-all; a cake’s a cake – right? . . .

Nobody eats the cake.

Ginnie Riley is a Job Search Strategist, with 20 years recruitment experience, providing one-on-one, private job search guidance in everything job search.

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