We spend the first two decades of our life in school, trying to do well so we can get a job. Perhaps afterwards we go to University in the hope of getting a better job. At the end of it all, we are then told that education alone is not enough. Companies want finished products, with experience in the relevant area, to 'stand out amongst the crowd.' But education is producing us all as identical copies, so how are we supposed to stand out? We need extra experience, but who has the time?
CV hacking exploits the idea that finding a job is about selling yourself and that your CV is your billboard. The crucial mistake that amateur marketers make is thinking that the product is very relevant. Marketing is in fact about perception; making those people who come across your product believe that it is the best there is. This can be done in many different ways, but it is very different to actually making it amazing.
CV hacking uses this notion and applies it to activities which build your CV. By utilising small opportunities available to just about everybody but rarely seen, or thought of as opportunities, you can create a CV full of seemingly wonderful and proactive experience with very little effort indeed.
The aim is not to lie, but rather to do very easy, smart things which seem highly impressive on paper. This is not your typical embellishment, which everybody is guilty of. No, this is dedicating small amounts of time to actually doing things, which you can easily be achieved, yet which will blow the minds of employers.
As a quick example, what if I told you that you could become a guest speaker, a podcaster, a connected entrepreneur, an author, and campaigner without dedicating more than an hour per week to CV-related endeavours.
This is only an introduction to the idea, and just a teaser, but this is a concept well worth giving a go. You can very quickly acquire experience, on paper, equivalent or even superior to those do-alls you know who break their neck involving themselves in 10 different councils and societies as well as climbing Everest and curing world poverty. Not that these aren't worthy things to do, but don't do them in aid of getting a job. There is a much easier way.
Don't drink the whole bottle of cough mixture if a spoon full will do. The minimum effective dose is enough. Life is too short.
In the coming weeks I'm going to be sharing some of the very best ways that I have found to create opportunities for myself, build contacts which opens up further possibilities, and ultimately get the position or role of your dreams.
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