I really enjoy helping people pull together a great CV. However, this seems to mostly involve giving the same initial advice each time!
Going forward, my aim is to make sure conversations focus as much as possible on substance rather than style. To that end, this article articulates some areas to tackle first.
Most of this advice isn’t foolproof or original. However, in almost a decade of doing this, these five basics are the things I’ve found the most effective to come back to.
Before you start, put yourself in the shoes of a person who might be reviewing your application. …
We’ve just spent an amazing few weeks holidaying in New Zealand. After lots of exploring, hindsight does give plenty of ideas for doing it differently. Looking back, here’s a suggested route if you’re thinking about spending two-and-a-half to four weeks in the South Island:
Although it might look a bit complicated, it’s essentially a figure of 8. The first loop goes north, clockwise from Christchurch to Nelson and back. The second, longer loop goes anti-clockwise round the south, starting with a trip up through Arthur’s pass to the west coast.
1: Christchurch & Hanmer Springs
Assuming you’re flying into Christchurch from somewhere distant, relax in Hanmer’s hot pools as the jet-lag ebbs away. …
Rubble and razor wire enclose the remains of Crumlin Road Courthouse, North Belfast.
Lady Justice, her scales (in)famously absent, presides over the charred husk of what was once the venue for hundreds of paramilitary trials during The Troubles.
This landmark, closed in 1998 following the Good Friday Agreement and gutted by fire in 2009 after years of neglect, is a symbolic warning we would do well to heed.
Strong, respected and trustworthy institutions are needed for a fair, peaceful and productive society. These don’t emerge overnight, and require careful tending if they are to be maintained and flourish. …
There’s something compelling about Skye. So compelling in fact, that the island has been become stretched to capacity by visiting tourists in recent weeks. What’s all the fuss about?
It’s a beautiful place with some serious history, and real weather.
A previous visitor from the South referred to the latter as “One continued storm”. At this point Dr Samuel Johnson may well have also reflected that ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of a life where solitude, clean air, and stunning natural beauty are in scarce supply.’
Not so on Skye.