In today’s documentary, we’ll be writing on business drafting, job search scheduling, and how to write a ‘Key Achievements’ in CV/RESUME.
Principles of drafting business requirements for a Tender situation to minimise risks and cost blow-outs.
First and foremost, you should have a top-notch focus on your business outcomes rather than the solution.
Be descriptive and not prescriptive, considering your present and future needs (future-proofing).
Describe the business problems as well as the high-level business objectives, then document your localised needs such as reports, KPIs.
Establish ownership with the stakeholders so that they feel they own the requirements and endeavor to prioritise the requirements – Must Have, Should Have, Could Have, Won’t Have.
How do employers see employment gaps?
Every wondered on how most employers do see employment gaps? Here is what we hear from Employers:-
Laid off – These folks may have been laid off probably they were not performing well.
Resigned – These folks resigned because they could not adjust with their employers
Personal Issues – They may have several personal issues which may resurface again
Skills – They may have forgotten their skills. It could also be why they are unable to find a job.
Seriousness – They may not be serious about their career. Work is not priority for them.
Planning – They may not have planned their career well & quit without a job in hand.
The list is endless. Our society loves to judge people who may not be ticking all the boxes, but there could be other reasons, they’re as follows:-
Genuine personal problems – Unforeseen demise or health problems, family problems, etc,…
Horrible boss or toxic work culture – Some employees quit because of this or in most cases, taking a break to upskill or step back in life, or even to study further.
Layoffs – The entire team was laid off because the leaders did not plan well.
Entrepreneurship – started your own venture but it failed. With regards to the aforementioned reasons, do note that it is so interesting both these views dont match. What has been your experience? Share with us via the comment section.
Writing your CV/résumé from top to Bottom; How to write a ‘Key Achievements’ section:
- Be clear and specific on WHAT you achieved. Use numbers where possible.
- Explain HOW you achieved it. Demonstrating how you did something in the past is a more effective way of showing your skillset than simply including a list of skills.
- Write in the past tense, using strong action verbs (more on this below).
Example: “Produced sustained double-digit (+20%) EBIDTA growth by devising strategies for business growth and transformation.”
This is a key section to include for those with sales targets or key deliverables. Make sure that the employer can quickly see that you are someone who delivers against KPIs.
I know it can be hard to come up with a variety of action verbs for this section, so I’ve created a FREE downloadable guide of my top 50 ‘Power Verbs’ complete with meanings and example uses. I’ll include the link in the comments.
Do you have a ‘Key Achievements’ section on your CV? Share with us via the comment box, best regards.
Don’t waste your time applying for JOBS that may not be a good fit for you. Carefully read the JOB description, then, before you apply, ask yourself these 4 questions:
- DO I WANT THIS JOB?
Yes, a paycheck is VERY important! But, earning that paycheck will mean doing THIS job. So, read the description carefully.
The benefit –
When you apply for a job you really want, your enthusiasm will show in the quality of your application and your interview.
2. DO I QUALIFY FOR THIS JOB?
Examine the “requirements” and/or “qualifications” section in the job description. Even if you “know” that you could do the job described, applying will be a waste of your time unless you meet most of the requirements.
The benefit –
You increase your chance of being invited in for an interview.
3. DO I WANT TO WORK FOR THIS EMPLOYER?
Research to be sure that this is a good place to work. Find and read employee reviews. Also find product/service reviews.
The benefit –
You will be better prepared to succeed OR to avoid an employer that would be a nightmare to work for.
4. DO I KNOW ANYONE WHO ALREADY WORKS THERE?
Being referred by an employee increases the probability of an interview and a job offer!
The benefit –
Employers fill 40% of jobs this way, but only 7% of candidates are referred.