“Do it,” they said, “it’ll look good on your CV.”
Hang on there pal … Wait a second. My CV?! Is that the only reason I should be doing this?
I don’t think so.
There is an obsession these days with telling others, especially school kids, to do things because “it’ll look good on their CVs”. I’ve heard this so many times. It really frustrates me. Why is my CV so important? It’s just a bit of paper. Sure you might not get the interview if yours isn’t a good one, but you sure won’t get the job just based on your CV.
Who really cares if you were a prefect at school? Or if you were in the school sports teams? What employers really want to know is what did you learn? And how can you apply that knowledge to help them? They want to know the reasons why you volunteered, not the fact that you did. Since when did volunteering become about the volunteer?
We shouldn’t do a task just to please others and say I can put that on my CV. We should be looking at different situations and analysing how they can benefit others as well as ourselves in terms of our development. What skills can we learn from them?
We forget that the most desired characteristics in the majority of jobs are usually built around how we interact with other people. All too often we complete tasks just to tick them off a list.