How to Look Good on Paper

After doing the same job for several years, it can be quite easy to underestimate the contributions that you’ve made to your organisation, according to Melbourne, Australia-based executive career coach Mary Goldsmith. It’s important to remember that industries and organisations are in a constant state of flux, which keeps most employees learning more than they realise.

“Even if the job scope seems much the same, just keeping abreast of technological advances, such as the introduction of a new accounting software or HR records management system, takes time to learn and apply successfully,” said Goldsmith who encourages her clients to include what she calls “secondments” — projects or committees they’ve been involved with in addition to their usual responsibilities. This includes times when they acted for a manager who was on leave or managed the team conference or training program. If you’ve ever mentored or provided coaching support to new colleagues, “these can indicate ongoing learning, capability and skills development,” she said. Also include any internal training and development you’ve had, along with volunteer stints. “All of these activities can be added as achievements and give oomph to an otherwise ho-hum CV,” Goldsmith said.

Extract from BBC Capital’s Career Coach post ‘How to Look Good on Paper’ by Liz Garone. You can read the full article here.


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