What will I be?

As you know, I am currently looking for a job. I left my last position to go on a yearlong round the world trip with my husband. We came back in April last year and I looked for a position similar to my last one. After half a dozen refusals, I decided to improve my market worth by getting certified as a Project Manager. I passed the exams in December and hope that the new qualifications would make me more appealing to a potential employer.
Then my husband comes along and questions my selection criteria for potential employers. He thinks I am being too practical about it. Instead of looking for positions that suit my profile, he wants me to identify jobs that would make working fun instead of a chore. I took his advice to heart and started googling about career self-assessments, when I came across a tip by a career consultant. “Think about what you wanted to be when you were eight.” I cannot remember what I wanted to be when I was eight but I remember what I wanted to be when I was a teenager. I wanted to be several things; a writer, an actress and a teacher. I was on the debate team, the public speaking team, took part in school plays, danced and sang at various school events and gave private tuition too. Actually the young me did all the things that I wanted to be when I grew up. My biggest mistake was giving up my Theatre Major at University because my parents wanted me to learn something more practical and useful for a future career.
Although I cannot complain about my life, as an adult I ended up doing stuff I never would have imagined doing as a child. I worked for years in the accounts department and when on to work on an IT project. I learned new skills and was good at what I did but it was not really my dream job. I viewed it as part of being grown up. Being grown up means being responsible, making compromises or even sacrifices and the important thing is to earn enough money to live a comfortable life. It is the way my parents live their lives and the way I should live mine too…
At least that is what I have been thinking all this time. Now instead of looking for a job that fits my academic and professional profile, I am looking for a position that fits my passions. Wish me success!

The perfect CV is actually a curse

Today I surfed on the internet to get some tips on how to write a cover letter, when I came across an article by the German journalist Harald Martenstein (Martenstein, 2009). It described the time when he was responsible for recruiting trainees. He mentioned a particular applicant; who had studied at Oxford and Harvard, had 2 PhDs, had completed work placements at the New York Times and Le Monde, spoke 5 languages fluently and was the runner-up at the National level in a sport that was not specified. (Obviously it is to protect the identity of the applicant.) Anyway both the recruiters in charge decided against him because he was obviously very qualified and would be able to find a job anywhere. (huh?) Just not at their paper. The reason he gave was that someone like this applicant was obviously very ambitious and would either become the Chief Editor within 10 years or if not infect the others with his sulky mood. In addition, reading that CV made H. Martenstein feel average, lazy, overpaid and lacking ambition. Apparently other recruiters must have thought the same of the applicant because he applied again for the same position a year later.

Unbelievable! Here I was thinking that a perfect CV is what recruiters were looking for. But it seems that an impeccable vita can be read as belonging to a person who is extremely driven in the negative sense. Therefore such applicants are deemed as having difficult characters and being potential mood killers. I wonder if this is a common perception among recruiters? Maybe I should count myself lucky that I do not have any outstanding sporting accomplishments to mention in my CV.

Reference:
1. Martenstein, H. (2009, 01  04). Retrieved 01 04, 2012, from ZEITmagazin: http://www.zeit.de/2010/01/Martenstein-01