One of the most popular clichés I see on CVs is the legend: “I work well both in a team and on my own.”
Tip: if you see this tired sentence anywhere on your CV, delete it immediately! Everybody puts that, and it’s probably not true anyway. Going by my long years of corporate experience, most of us work well either in a team or on their own.
I’m definitely the latter. I was a loner at school, and later
It can be hard to admit that you prefer
If all that sounds a bit curmudgeonly and sharp, you probably prefer
It can be easy to feel that you’re limited when it comes to your preferred way of working (which is why people try to cover all the bases when they write CVs!) I think the key is in understanding the way you work best, along with all its pros and cons – so you can correct any pitfalls that go along with it.
For example, I’m lucky enough to be able to motivate myself to work, and I find it easy to concentrate, which means I can get a lot done in a short time. But freelancing is hard, so I do need support from others every now and again.
When I need that support, I ask for it. I also make sure I receive regular feedback on the work I produce, so I can keep learning – rather than convincing myself that a piece of writing is good just because I like it!
By contrast, if you enjoy working in a team it can be harder to reach decisions and to avoid occasional conflict, meaning taking some time out on your own to understand what you really think can be very helpful.
However you like to work, it’s important for your sense of wellbeing that you find a workplace or a role that supports it, even if you have to carve it out for yourself. If nothing else then please – no more bland CV statements!
How do you prefer to work – and do you have any tips or strategies for lone or teamworking success?
I'm a friendly and professional writer, reviewer and editor who works with warmth, humour and flexibility.
Learn how to live happily ever after through the power of storytellingRead more
Headlines are always difficult to write, so here's an easy way to craft something original for your personal and professional profiles.Read more
There's a lot of vague career advice out there, so if you're looking for insight that goes beyond "be yourself and follow your passion" you may have to leap before you look!Read more
Standing up and presenting to a group of people is something that strikes fear into the hearts of even the most confident people - so if you're an introvert like me, it can really be the stuff of nightmares! Here's how I tackle my nerves head-on, with some careful preparation and relatable content.Read more
You don't have to be a professional writer to discover a unique writing voice that speaks to its readers. Finding your own voice is often easier than you might think, and it all starts when you write from the heart.Read more
I'm a 'Success Story'! My career change journey was featured on Careershifters' website this week, and I'm incredibly proud of it. But I wouldn't want anybody to think changing my career has been easy. And so this is a reflection of sorts, on where I was when I began, and how I've ended up where I am now.Read more
Are you reading this over coffee, or maybe as you wait for a late train? Blogging for business is a handy way to keep in regular contact with your followers and show them the human side of your company, but it can be difficult to keep it going once you've started. It's worth it, though - so here are a few tips to keep your blog posts consistent and entertaining.Read more
There's a new trend sweeping Silicon Valley - giving honest and direct feedback to your colleagues. Before you go rushing in, focus your message by writing it down first...your colleagues and your career will thank you for it!Read more
All those celebrated business gurus had to start somewhere...and the most successful ones know how to tell their stories in a relatable way that inspires others to act on their dreams and ideas. By writing a business book, you can do just that yourself!Read more
Writing a recruitment ad is often a rushed activity, with the words used ones you've read many times before ("dynamic" anyone?) Here's how the Banks children managed to recruit their ideal candidate - Mary Poppins! - by using clear and creative words that stood out.Read more
'Greatest Hits' countdowns are rife at this time of year - so now, here's one featuring the best CV advice. This list will give you the ultimate steer if you're looking to get your CV on track for the new year job hunt. Wishing you a very happy 2017!Read more
If you're stuck in a job you don't particularly like, mindlessly searching job boards for something else, it can be hard to dredge up any enthusiasm to make a change. But that little bit of rest time between Christmas and a brand new year beginning is perfect for considering exactly what you want, and how to take the very first step towards making 2017 your happy work year!Read more
With a new year on the horizon, why not make a resolution to tell your life story? Committing your personal tales to paper can be a rich and rewarding experience for you to write and others to read...for generations to come. Here's how to get started.Read more
Is time getting the better of you? With a growing business, several passion projects on the go, books to read and friends I'd quite like to see, I was starting to feel overwhelmed...until I decided to take a closer look at planning my time more effectively. Here's how you can do the same.Read more
Looking for ways to sound consistent and authentic in your written communications? Here are a few tried, tested and original ways to do just that.Read more
BOO! Like a ripe pumpkin Hallowe'en has rolled around yet again, so what better time to extol the benefits of ghostwriting, definitely not just the province of bargain-bin bound celebrities.Read more
Everybody's busy these days - far too busy to read all the words that come their way. Get the right people to read YOURS by honing in on your ideal audience and creating compelling copy that will get them hooked.Read more
Going it alone, releasing yourself from the shackles of a traditional nine-to-five, is exhilarating. It's also incredibly scary! To celebrate my first quarter-year in business, here are some of the most important lessons I've learned from the front line.Read more
Getting the tone of a letter right - especially when you're writing to someone you don't know - can be difficult. No matter whom you're writing to, here's how to get started on a letter that's relevant, informative and authentic.Read more