have you ever thought about what your CV might look like in five years’ time?



an image of employees collaborating in the office
an image of employees collaborating in the office

If not, maybe it’s time you did.

Jobs are evolving so rapidly that some experts are saying there might not be job titles on CVs in the future…

While we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, it’s a possibility we need to be aware of. It’s also a reminder that you need to stay ahead of the game in order to be the best candidate in the market and develop your perpetual skill set for the future. In the future, it’s possible that you will be judged not on your former experience and titles, but on your “perpetual skills”.

This could mean that you won’t necessarily be applying for a particular role within a company, but simply a place in that company, as yourself.

It used to be about your progression within roles and companies, but in the future, it is more likely to be about what you want and where you want to end up.

what does this mean for the application process?

a blonde woman wearing a light coloured shirt smiling
a blonde woman wearing a light coloured shirt smiling

You must start to look ahead, as the only way to get ahead. You need to manage your own personal brand and online profile beyond the expected social media platforms. And make sure your skills are the skills that employers will look for in a world without job titles… Here are some skill areas you can focus on refining on your CV and throughout your personal branding:

1. leadership skills.

Employers will not be necessarily looking for specific skill sets in the future, but leadership skills will still be one of the most employable attributes for employers seeking top talent at the highest level.

Make sure you refine your leadership skills in your current role or position and set yourself up for success.

This could mean taking on more responsibility or looking for a role that allows you to develop these skills.

2. creativity and innovation.

This primarily comes down to how forward-thinking the company is that you work for – but it can also be something you instigate.

Automation may replace some of the more mundane roles in the future, but it will be impossible for machines to take the place of creative people.

You need to be pushing the boundaries at every company you work for in order to achieve greater innovation and creativity. 

3. adaption and collaboration.

It's important that your future employer can clearly see your ability to collaborate and adapt to new environments. Working as part of a team is a vital perpetual skill and isn’t necessarily tied to one role or company.

Make sure your CV and other personal brand platforms show how well you can move between roles effectively and work well as part of a team. 

the tools you can use to accelerate the job title of “you”

Try to explain what you do and bring to a company – rather than what you have done in the past.

You may need to use these real-life job examples in an interview, but what are your real selling points before anyone gets to know you? 

Be creative about presenting yourself, while we are not encouraging you to ditch your CV (most jobs still require a CV for your application), it can be a good idea to think about other ways to present your skills.

Maybe it’s a chance to start developing a website all about you or a blog that you update regularly. Think about yourself outside of your roles, and start to develop and sell the perpetual skills you already have.

It might be time to start re-branding yourself for the future.

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