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CV Writing

CV Writing

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It's not what you know, it's who you know

From my experience, this seems to be increasingly the case. Some

people do feel uncomfortable approaching their contacts when

looking for work or new business. This is usually because:

Some people prefer to be judged solely on their own merits and

do not want to gain an unfair advantage over others.

People do not want to appear 'pushy' by approaching contacts

and possibly jeopardising their relationship.

However, it is worth remembering that:

Companies prefer to interview and recruit people who have been

recommended to them.

The majority of people may be flattered that you have

approached them and will probably be only too willing to help.

A lot will depend on your attitude and approach.

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How to make the approach

This will depend on the relationship you have with the person. It is

important to remember the following:

You are not asking for a job, but for advice

and information that may lead to one.

As long as people are clear about what you are asking for, there

should not be a problem.

What advice or information could they give you?

The name of a person in the organisation to contact about

vacancies.

They could collect an application form for you to complete.

They could inform you of any vacancies they may be aware of.

They could suggest places for you to apply to.

They could give advice concerning your CV. (Asking people for

comments about your CV is a subtle way of informing them of all

the skills and experience you have!)

They may not be able to help you themselves, but may be able to

put you in contact with someone who can.

Who to contact

Some people say, 'but I don't really know anyone.' Really? Let's look

at some potential contacts (Figure 15).

Within each category, there may be many people you can list. It is

often surprising how many people we come into contact with on a

USING YOUR CV TO OPEN DOORS /99

Fig. 15. Your potential contacts.

regular basis. Some of these people we will hardly know, but they

could all be a potential source of help.

Take some time now to think about the people you have contact

with, or could approach for help. Then do the following:

1 Review your activities over the last two weeks and write down

who you have come into contact with (eg postman, neighbours,

shop assistants, relatives, friends, work colleagues, students,

mobile hairdressers etc...).

2 Look through your address book and diary and make a note of

all your contacts.

3 Now list those people likely to be of some assistance to you. You

should be able to list at least 20 names.

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Name

Address + telephone number Action to be taken

USING YOUR CV TO OPEN DOORS /101

Our contacts can be a tremendous source of help. Having developed

a winning CV, we should make sure as many people as possible see

it.

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