Searching for a job and sending a resume is a normal procedure that the majority of people try at least once in their lives. It’s a constant struggle of going from one job board to another and sending resumes to every relevant and sometimes irrelevant job post. The desperation of getting noticed keeps you up and makes you check your mailbox several times a day even though your notification panel shows every mail notification. But, the world of opportunities is too big for just LinkedIn and job board posting. Today, there are opportunities at every nook and corner of the digital world. The problem is that not everyone can utilize these opportunities. These opportunities are not at the mercy of your CV that you have written well five years ago. Here are the five reasons for that:
1- Opportunities are Created Now
The first reason that you do not need a CV for your next job is that you don’t need to beg for the opportunities and to wait for the job interview in which chances of your success are 0.0001% or less. You don’t want to adapt to the needs of each company or organization and ignore your big career targets and dreams. We are in an era of creating opportunities for ourselves. Instead of adapting to the market’s short-term needs and corporations’ short-sighted desires, try to prioritize your long-term goals and dreams. Know what are your passions, test them, then grow the winners among them and rebuild your next career or business around that. and if nothing exists in the market that satisfies and fulfills that passion, then envision, visualize and create it. When you do so, you help organizations and corporations to understand that they need your expertise and they will have to benefit from it anyway, whether they have an announced position or not.
2- Give and Take
You don’t need a CV to provide the expertise of your field. You worked a job and no matter how unfulfilling your career was, you have surely learned something from your career and It’s a time to showcase that learning. Think of it as providing expert advice and there are so many platforms such as YouTube, Udemy, etc. It costs you nothing but it can give you millions if you have the right advice for the right people and guess what, no one will ask for your CV. Also, helping people will pay you back. We have seen dozens of cases of professionals who got to their dream careers, just because of their ability to build diverse networks and help others. What goes around comes around.
3- Future is Skill-Based
Skill-based recruitments are enhancing day by day. The time is gone when only a manager has to deal with all the projects and employees. Jobs are becoming more sophisticated and require wide experience and a variety of skills. One of the biggest examples is the area of project management. There are specific skills that are now taught for managing the project and it is something beyond the scope of the general manager. But the same project manager needs to build awareness of the nature of diffrent tasks inside the same project. He also needs to build in-depth analytical, financial, communication, management, managerial skills before he starts off. Online freelancing platforms are employing this category and companies are becoming more interested in the area of experience rather than years of experience you put on your resume. Having a wide pool of skills will make it smoother for you to plan the transition into a new career.
4- Entrepreneurship is a new norm
There were times when entrepreneurship was considered too risky and people try to get secure jobs. Over the years, it was realized that regular jobs do not suit everyone. Some people are too innovative to deal only with the 9-5 routine. Another positive development is the reduction of the failure rate associated with entrepreneurship that came down to 22.5%. Hence, confidence has increased in those who want to develop their idea to practice. The last decade has witnessed the emergence of dozens of new and innovative ideas for businesses that don’t require much capital or much risk. For example, there are new concepts such as “Mugpreneur”, where people are able to build 6 or 7 figures businesses only on selling “mugs”. There are plenty of innovative ideas for building less risky businesses than the traditional ones. You just need to find out what is yours.
5- Freelance markets
Freelancers represent about 35% of the global workforce and with a total global workforce of around 3.5 billion; there are about 1.1 billion freelancers around the world. Experts also believe that after a few years, freelancing will surpass traditional jobs. The reason for such an interest is that freelancing creates unique opportunities for different people to have their specialized skills. They are independent in their dealings and setting their price for the work they offer. The recent years reflected the rising awareness of terms such as “digital nomads”, where professionals and former corporate workers were traveling freely around the world while doing freelancing jobs to cover their travel expenses. Even working with most of the freelancing job platforms doesn’t require having long CVs and it mostly depends on your actual work in delivering the job required to the client. Moreover, a recent study by Upwork, one of the biggest freelancing jobs platforms, showed that the number of “digital nomads” increased by 49% from 7.3 million in 2019 to 10.9 million freelancers by the end of 2020. This big shift shows that the market how the market is shifting post-COVID, and probably this change is irreversible. The more people taste that new lifestyle, the bigger number will be of freelancers.
A final word
CV provides a cursory look at the person’s achievements and they also limit the opportunities of the person to a specific field. However, this approach is not feasible in a current world scenario. People are now beginning to understand the opportunities they can create for themselves. These opportunities do not only help in their career transition but also help them in securing their future.