ravings, rantings and ramblings
Humility is a rarity.
In the age of sell and over-committment, humility or modesty is more of a vice than virtue. Anybody practicing those is a marketing hermit or clearly an under-achiever.
Let us take résumés or CVs for example. It is an introductory document about the person, core competencies and work experiences. Universal dictionaries define résumés using two key words – brief and summary. Looking at the modern-day résumés, neither of the two apply.
I have received CVs / bio data / résumés for long and each time I am filled with amazement at the yarn people can spin. Damn it, apply for a screenplay writer and that would be a paying profession than writing reams about oneself.
Freshers from college or any training institute start out by writing everything that they know. It is commendable when one knows various computer operating systems, with special emphasis to MS Word. While mentioning special projects, I see executive summaries of reports finding place in resumes. And on top of that, something that troubles me no end – an ‘objective‘!!! Three marks of exclamation to translate my exasperation! Everybody has the same ‘objective’ of “working in a ‘creatively challenging’ environment with daily challenges that showcase excellent inter-personal skills and oraganisational development”!!! Wait, let me add another one to that! There! Just what does that mean? Has anybody ever got a job based on that ‘objective‘. If so many are so good, specially in all spheres of communication, as claimed, how is it that we have so many bad communicators?
Moving on, from freshers to executives with a few years of experience. The biggest mistake they make is to write every nitty-gritty of their job description. From managing accounts to conceptualising creative solutions to getting coffee for the CEO and collecting the morning papers to opening the office to trouble-shooting the printer… the list is endless. If you are so good and multi faceted, as claimed in the MS Word document, then you are grossly under-paid, my friend. Besides, with all that qualification, you will probably never be hired.
Radio professionals (I could take a re-course to using that word, first up) are a breed apart. They try all the tricks in the trade to market themselves as the best the radio industry has ever seen. So, it all ends up looking the same. They all have developed, conceptualised and executed some award-winning or ground breaking concept that nobody thought of. They all have multi-tasked from taking phone calls to hosting shows to contest management. Well, maybe they have, but such range and brilliance is a rarity indeed. Add to that the forced pressure of being funny. Why on earth would you be funny in your résumé? Why would you not give essential information about yourself instead of giving information on your school project or college ramp walking? No wonder, the mass does not take radio professionals seriously.
The length of a CV is worrying. I have received résumés that look longer than Oliver Stone’s JFK. Why would somebody with a total work experience of 4 years have a CV that is 3 pages long? In that case, one might also specify what ‘position‘ they like it most, since information of all sorts is being made public!
We fail to realise that if the CV says it all, why would somebody want to meet the person?
Besides CVs that run 2 pages plus quickly find their way in the bin, not to be recycled ever.
If you can summarise Mark Zuckerberg’s or Steve Job’s job profile in a sentence, why do you write paragraphs filled with inane and unsubstantiated promises?
To end my raving and ranting, let me close on a positive note by offering (free) tips to getting a professional CV that does justice to one’s career and talent.