What do Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell and René Obermann have in common? They are all well-known, successful and managing directors of world companies, board leaders, visionaries. But all have left the university prematurely and without qualification - and still have made a career. Does it really need a perfect, persistent CV to succeed?
Too many jumps and deviations in the CV are usually harmful
Who would you hire? The applicant with an 1A CV? Graduated from a prestigious university, first job with a prestigious Company, after two years project manager, after three years of leadership.
Or the applicant, who has changed the subject three times, in order to decide for an apprenticeship and then change his job every two years?
Most HR managers and managers attach importance to a stringent CV. Why?
A straightforward CV means determination; it shows that the applicant can pick up, penetrate, and bring to a successful conclusion. Above all, such a CV also suggests that the applicant is really interested in his subject.
If there are fractions or minor deviations in your CV, expect critical inquiries in the interview. Here are some practical tips on how to react responsibly and to convince the staff chef:
- If your curriculum vitae has several short professional positions, you will already be able to explain the respective interrelations in the written CV and explain them in an authentic conversation.
- If you have changed the discipline, it is also important that your potential employer understand your motivation. Put yourself in his situation: What would convince you?
- Do not delineate delicate subjects: You want to change the employer, for example, during probation? Avoid blaming yourself and explain objectively what is wrong with you at the current position. However, if you have not sufficiently communicated expectations, you can also make mistakes.
Find his calling
The key point is that everyone can be successful and make a career - provided he decides on the profession that inspires him and also his actual talents.
Can you imagine Bill Gates as a lawyer? Or Michael Dell as a doctor? Hardly, because their abilities, their interests lie in other areas than the study directions they had chosen. However, recognizing this is the real challenge, whether it is a career decision or a reorientation.
Here are some tips:
- As banal as it sounds, deal with your talents: What is particularly easy for you? Where do you forget the time?
- Ask friends and relatives where they see you.
- Do you remember your childhood? If you wanted to become an astronaut, perhaps you are interested in studying aerospace.
- Think about what to say about them when you go to retirement. Imagine being a family member, a friend and a work colleague holding a speech about you - what do you want these people to say about you?
With self-efficacy & authenticity
Anyone who is aware of his self-efficacy, who assumes responsibility for his life, will also be able to position himself authentically to non-idealistic positions in his CV.
After all, real life experience also means to have confessed to some or other wrongdoing.
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