It is really hard writing your CV. It is so painful.
Why does it hurt so much? Why doesn't it just trip off your fingertips onto the keyboard and into a magical, awe-inspiring document? Why, why, why?
I was reminded of this difficulty recently when asked to review someone's CV. I had forgotten just how hard it can be to write your own CV.
It is so hard because it requires a great deal of self-reflection and talking about yourself in a way that is objective yet attractive to future employers. This means you need to engaged with the self-centred, self-assured, self-aware you.
Self, self, self.
And there's the rub. It is YOU talking about YOUR life. You may as well take objectivity in your hands and throw it ceremoniously out of the window. Ha, there you go. Take that!
But that doesn't solve the problem, now, does it?
What to leave in and keep out? Which details will employers like? I know I have learned skills but how do I describe it to future employers? All of these actions inspire procrastination. The head in the hands, the big sigh, the, "I think watching a bit of Jeremy Kyle has trumped this activity" responses.
Fear not. A solution is at hand:
Get a CV friend. Someone who can be more objective than you. Preferably someone you do not know (there's nothing worse than getting a parent to be objective). It could be a colleague, a team mate, a school/college/university friend, or better still a careers advisor (someone whose job it is to review your CV!) - basically, someone who can see through the complexity of your life and focus on what you are good at, what you value and what you want and put that in a way that future employers will like.
It's as simple as that. Bye, bye procrastination, hello superb CV.