Are you among the 50 per cent of UK workers who are actively looking for a new job or one of the 36 per cent in the remaining half who is open to switching roles if the right opportunity comes your way?
Either way, you might need to run a career credit score before you submit your next job application.
Akin to a traditional credit score, running a career credit score is an essential step in helping you determine weak spots, pressure points or glaring experience or skills gaps on your CV.
And once you’ve identified them, you’ll be able to act accordingly, bolster your credentials and ultimately secure your dream role.
However, there’s no such thing as a careers underwriter (for now) so you’ll have to perform your career credit score yourself. Here’s how.
Be brutally honest
Over 51 per cent of UK adults admit to lying on their CV—men and millennials are even more likely to do so at 61% and 59%, respectively.
Additionally, entry-level applicants to the tune of 44 per cent have lied on their CVs, while 20 per cent of applicants for senior management roles have fibbed to bag their jobs.
Some employers welcome applicants who don’t have all the required experience they stipulate on the job description, so if you are guilty of embellishing some of the finer details or the level of your skillset somewhere along the way on your CV, now is the perfect opportunity to be honest with yourself and identify what you need to work on in order to meet the criteria of the roles you’re applying for.
Ask ChatGPT for help
Another way to audit your CV is to ask ChatGPT to do it for you.
By uploading the job description of the job or jobs you’re applying for along with your own CV, you can ask ChatGPT to assess whether your skills and experience match the job description.
We asked ChatGPT if it could check a CV and identify any skills gaps and it responded that it would “be happy to help you review your CV for any potential lack of skills. Please paste the relevant sections of your CV here, and I’ll provide feedback on any skills that may need further attention or improvement.”
Brush up on your soft skills
With advances in generative AI continually fuelling the conversation about whether robots will replace humans in the workplace, the importance of soft skills, such as skills like leadership or communication, that robots or machines are yet to master, can’t be understated.
According to The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Future of Jobs Report 2023, analytical thinking is the number one skill for the future, followed by creative thinking and resilience, flexibility and agility.
With this in mind, see how your own skillset stacks up and pinpoint the soft skills you have and identify the ones you need to develop. If your current employer offers learning and development options onsite, ensure you avail of them.
Alternatively, online resources such as Udemy and Coursera feature thousands of affordable learning opportunities that can be completed in your own time.
Ready to put your CV to the test? The London Economic Job Board is the perfect place to start your search. It features thousands of job opportunities in companies that are actively hiring, like the three below.
eClerx provides business process management, automation and analytics services to a number of Fortune 2000 enterprises, including some of the world’s leading financial services, communications, retail, fashion, media & entertainment, manufacturing, travel & leisure, and technology companies. Find out more about a career at eClerx here.
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Liberty Global is a world leader in converged broadband, video and mobile communications services. It delivers next-generation products through advanced fibre and 5G networks that connect 85 million subscribers across Europe and the UK. Explore current openings with Liberty Global here.