Change The ‘Course Of Your Life’

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This isn’t a piece about life coaching.
For those of you whose Latin isn’t up to scratch, the course of my life is a loose translation of the phrase, Curriculum Vitae. You probably know it by its abbreviation, CV.

I have one. I hardly use it – and it’s very out of date. Mostly, people look at my LinkedIn profile. However, it’s often the projects I undertake, or my Twitter account that gets me work, or the introductions that get me work.

It was with interest that I saw this from The Spectator. If you didn’t read it, it had a simple premise: don’t send a CV. We’re not interested in one of those. Show us ability, not certificates.

I was reminded of how outmoded the CV has become recently when I talked to over 40 school kids about careers and being creative. My own CV, for some time, was a project that took very little time to create – Your Impressions Of Me. I think it says more about me than anything formal ever could.

I wonder if the CV will got the way of many other things and become, if not extinct then an anachronism; could it could be the thing that gets you off the shortlist with immediate effect? For some, sure. How long before it’s for the many? How long before a formal CV stands out?

What I do think is, like coffee and vinyl, the CV will go back to being something people craft, perhaps even obsess over. That the use of Times New Roman and created in Microsoft Word and presented portrait will make a comeback for ironic reasons, not because it’s the default.

The kids I spoke to, in the majority, hadn’t thought to change their CV to something that reflected their style, or the area of work they were considering. And who can blame them: they’re taught that they should have a CV and that it should be written using Word, presented portrait and use a standard font.

Do you still send out a CV? Having read this, will you still do so? Or will you stop showing off your certificates and start proving your worth?

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