Jobseekers’ round-up: 3 things to read, watch and follow…

This is going to be a short blog post.

I rarely ever write short blog posts because every time I try to write one it ends up being really long and really detailed (I think that must be the Creative Writing grad in me).

But anyway, today’s post will be short because a) I’ve determined it to be; and b) I want to share with you some of the great content other people have produced elsewhere on the big bad web.

So without further ado, here are three resources to read, watch and follow this week….

READ……..GoThinkBig’s CV roundup

This is a great collection of pretty much everything you need to know about CVs that’s available online – from how to create CV infographics and video CVs, to advice on tailoring your CV to different jobs and getting feedback.

For everything else, get yourself a copy of my book 7 Keys to a Winning CV and you’re well and truly sorted ;-)

GoThinkBig’s website is great for out-of-the-box thinking on jobs and careers (and they have the best and most useful youth-friendly weekly newsletter I’ve yet to come across) so it’s worth paying them a visit anyway.

WATCH……..Meg Jay’s TED Talk

Meg Jay’s TED Talk on “Why 30 is not the new 20″ is best described as a friendly wake-up call to twentysomethings to make the most of this precious decade, instead of throwing it away on fun and bad decisions.

Nothing wrong with fun, of course, but plenty wrong with lack of planning and bad decisions. It’s one of those talks I wish I had heard when I was 21.

 FOLLOW……..Caleb’s 40 days of rejection

I always like it when people take unusual approaches to the job-hunting process. Not only is it a clever way to grab attention in a crowded job market, it usually also results in the bonus “side effect” of fame or an alternative career beyond the individual’s original scope.

24-year old graduate Caleb Meakins decided to embark on a personal project to help him overcome his fear of failure and prepare for entrepreneurship by undertaking 40 days of rejection in 40 different activities.

Great concept; not quite sure what happened after Day 16 or if he’s still on the case, but the first set of videos are still worth watching anyway.

Here’s a sample of one of his challenges – Day 9: Lie down in a public place:

So there you have it – three things to inspire you this week. I’m way behind on my podcasts, but don’t worry, the next one’s coming soon…


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