With the growth of Linkedin and similar professional networking websites (and of course more social ones), these days you can get a pretty good idea of someone’s expertise and character with a 5 minute search on Google. Nevertheless, the vast majority of employers and providers of work placements will still want to see your CV (in addition to conducting a bit of digging around on the internet about you) and so it pays to have a good one in place ready to hand out.
The RPA’s Player Development Managers are on hand to give one on one advice on CV preparation to any RPA member as part of their service. However, they also have access to industry experts who see a flow of CVs across their desks and who are happy to pass on their advice and industry knowledge to players.
As many players naturally think about their futures at this time of year, it can be time well spent to give a couple of hours towards writing or brushing up your CV. It might be needed for a job (inside or outside of rugby), a work placement or simply kept on file for future use and amended over time. With this in mind, specialist recruitment firm Robert Walters has recently provided CV clinics in tandem with the PDMs at Bath Rugby, London Irish, London Welsh and Leicester Tigers and CV clinics are taking place at other clubs soon.
A common belief mistakenly held by rugby players is that they don’t have the skills to put in a CV that an employer would find desirable. On the contrary, demonstrating examples of leadership, communication skills and high performance, plus a naturally competitive nature are likely to be highly valued by any business.
The Robert Walters’ clinics have highlighted this and have also reminded players about how to make a CV stand out from the crowd, how to structure it, some basic “dos and don’ts