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Why what you’ve done is better than 'experience'.

Why what you’ve done is better than 'experience'.

November 7, 2012

If you’re looking for a new job, you might be tempted to show a prospective employer that you are experienced in a particular field, and one way of putting this across may be to say that you have x number of years’ experience. Strictly speaking, there’s nothing wrong with doing this, but it’s not really enough. You might want to consider putting more into your CV to show that you’ve not only been doing what you do for some time, but that you’re in fact very good at it too.

Technology and business columnist Jeff Haden said the following when sharing some of the key beliefs held by successful people in one of his recent articles:

You have “10 years in the Web design business.” Whoopee. I don’t care how long you’ve been doing what you do. Years of service indicate nothing; you could be the worst 10-year programmer in the world. I care about what you’ve done: how many sites you’ve created, how many back-end systems you’ve installed, how many customer-specific applications you’ve developed (and what kind)… all that matters is what you’ve done. Successful people don’t need to describe themselves using hyperbolic adjectives like passionate, innovative, driven, etc. They can just describe, hopefully in a humble way, what they’ve done.

So, when you’re describing yourself in your CV, do away with fluff statements and mention the projects you’ve been involved in, what you’ve achieved, and anything else that actually describes what you’ve done, rather than just how long you’ve been doing it.

Source: 9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People | Inc.


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