Guest Blog - Jayesh Bharti - Job Hunter
It has been a while since I have published any guest blogs. I have had several to look at but they haven't quite fitted in with the rest of the posts. Today I have a short piece from Jayesh Bharti.
Jayesh and I worked together many years ago at a small IT Outsourcing business in Birmingham. Since then our careers have taken different paths. Recently Jayesh got in touch again as he was looking for a new role. Sadly he's not in a sector I work in anymore, at least not to recruit into. He has found it difficult to find something new, yet is experienced, engaging and has worked on some really interesting IT and business change projects.
Here is his post, let me know what you think:
It is a lonely job applying for work, you know the drill and more by accident than chance you end up with a very long love letter to yourself. My CV ended up to be a long letter of around four pages. It was very successfully a few years ago but was distinctly lacking in motivation and attention since growing from three pages to four.
I would amend it and customise it to reflect the conditions of the job description, longing for the right result. Despite acquiring a five year career break I was still optimistic I had the right blend of skills and experience to win a shortlist rating or response.
Weeks, months and time passed with little reaction. The process was getting laborious and I was not feeling the confidence I once had when I was responding to exciting opportunities. I was in a continuous loop and when things feel bad they usually are bad. I needed to change my approach to submitting CVs and making job applications.
I decided to shorten my CV submission but how do I stack 20 years experience onto two pages?
This was a huge challenge and I was intimidated by the task. Even without trying to solve the problem I could not see how I could consolidate my experience into two pages.
I started with my best points identifying professional disciplines and drew in my experience and assignments into a set of bold achievements. I then focussed on the positives of the last two significant roles and I cut to the chase. This provided a good two page synopsis into what I can do. The flow improved and it was an impressive storyline. Confidence returns and the rebuilding work was done. I converted my 4 pager into a Capability Statement to fan out to the recruiters who were interested in more detail. This gave me a two step approach to unfurling my career.
As soon as I started applying again, I found I was actually getting responses to my submissions.
I was shortlisted immediately and started to build a steady stream of recruiter interested in learning more about me and what I can do. It was an immediate confidence builder and time well spent. Well, a weekend well spent. It felt like I was being asked to climb Matahorn but it actual fact I needed to really focus on what I had achieved in twenty years at work.
This is still an intimidating question and gives me the shakes.
I have a background in executive search and selection, headhunting and senior level recruitment combined with people and business management experiences. My focus has always been on the IT services, technology and management consultancy sectors on a permanent and interim basis where I have developed a personal portfolio that covers areas such as EVP, social recruitment and the successful creation of talent pools as well the management and leadership of corporate talent acquisition teams.
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