Tag Archives: hiring manager

What not to do when writing your CV: Me, Me, Me!

Your resume or CV is most definitely not about you. It’s a marketing tool. Therefore, it should be all about the market: appealing to the hiring manager, meeting the company’s needs, using the organization’s language, communicating what your audience wants to hear. A CV that goes into every tiny detail of your career history is absolutely not what a hiring manager wants to read. You have to do the screening work for them. Don’t assume they want to wade through

Moving between impact sectors? Here’s how to translate your skills.

This post is part of Net Impact’s ongoing impact career advice column. In this edition, Shannon Houde tackles a question from their network. I’ve been looking to break into the corporate responsibility (CR) space for some time now. Although my current position as a media planner doesn’t give me direct experience in the sector, there are aspects of both my job and outside pro bono experience that I believe give me translatable skills for a position in CR. How do

What not to do when writing your CV, Part 3: Lead with a lame profile

Does your CV profile say something like, “I’m a former project manager with excellent people skills and organisational abilities and a strong passion for sustainability. Having spent ten years in telecoms, I have a thorough knowledge of the sector, and am committed to using my experience to further the sustainability agenda?” If it does, it’s time to hit delete. A personal profile should contain four sentences, minimal jargon and zero pronouns. Follow my tips below for a concise, clear, communicative

How to hire top talent in a sustainability interview

In a recent article, I outlined my top five crucial skillsets or competencies that a CSR or sustainability practitioner will need in their arsenal. Now, I’m sharing the challenging questions that really get to the heart of these competencies in a job interview context to help hiring managers sift out the gems. If you’re looking for the best talent but finding it hard to spot, or if you are the talent but struggling to land your dream job, then read through these

What not to do when writing your CV, Part 1: Me, Me, Me!

No matter what your university career advisor told you, your resume or CV is most definitely not about you. It’s a marketing tool. Therefore, it should be all about the market: appealing to the hiring manager, meeting the company’s needs, using the organization’s language, communicating what your audience wants to hear. A CV that goes into every tiny detail of your entire career history is absolutely not what a hiring manager wants to read. You have to do the screening