I am enjoying the last few hours of a lovely weekend and preparing – in practical as well as psychological terms – for the week ahead.
This is going to be an eventful week.
On Monday, I am attending a talk by Peter LaPlaca, editor of ‘Industrial Marketing Management’. This is a reputable, peer-reviewed journal in marketing. Plus, I am told that LaPlaca’s talks are very interesting and useful. Hence, I have really high expectations of this talk. I am really looking forward to attending it.
On Tuesday I am heading off to Milton Keynes to meet with colleagues working on the ‘Taking Liberties’ project. This is a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, looking at the use of (commercial) transaction data for national security purposes. In recent years, we have witnessed an extension of the so-called ‘surveillance society’ into everyday practices of consumption. In our project, we looked specifically at the monitoring of the movement of people and money – that is, the travel and the financial services industries. We are now in the final stages of the project and, mostly, focused on the dissemination of the results. So, in this meeting, we shall review progress on – and plans for – various papers and presentations. Here is a link to a presentation we did at the Academy of Marketing conference 2011, in Liverpool.
Tuesday is also the deadline for a very important decision – but more on that later.
Wednesday is totally dedicated to teaching. I am looking forward to seeing what my eBusiness students have prepared for their presentations on the Digital Marketing strategies adopted by the companies that they selected for their projects. When I met them earlier in the semester, I told them that this is a great time to be starting a professional career. The world really is their oyster – if a 9 year old can start a ‘business’, they can achieve anything, too. All they need is the right skills and attitude.
I am hoping to spend Thursday and Friday largely writing. There is one paper, in particular, that I really want to tidy up – at least well enough to pass it on to one of the co-authors for further work.
So, what is this deadline I mentioned?
Tuesday is the deadline to apply for a job (at my current employer, and with the same line manager, I hasten to add). I have the entire documentation ready and I could have submitted it, already… but I’m not really sure it is such a good idea to apply.
Then, this same evening, my former colleague Chris Dalton (yes, the same one I mentioned last week) posted this simple yet powerful blog post, critiquing how we approach CVs. He argues that, rather than listing our achievements to date, we should list what we have yet to do. Chris writes:
‘(A) list, yes, but of all the things you can’t do, haven’t got, haven’t done or have yet to achieve. This makes it risky, of course, but also makes it future oriented and shows a potential employer the space into which you can grow.’
I love this idea because – well – I do like to approach familiar problems from strange angles, as described in this post. I don’t agree with Chris that job candidates should start submitting such CVs to potential employers… but I think that every professional should prepare such a resume for himself or herself. As I wrote in the comment that I left in Chris’s blog post:
‘Putting in black and white what is missing, is a great way to kick us into motion. It should give rise to many interesting questions like: what am I doing to close this gap (ownership), can I close the gap in this job / organisation (opportunities), what is preventing me from closing the gap (barriers vs. excuses)…’
In particular, this is very timely for myself because of the job post previously mentioned, as well as because of a challenge presented by a comment in one of my previous blog posts. Stefanos Karakasis (aka @SKarakasis) challenged me to change the biographical page on this website. He said:
‘(Y)ou have the WHO and WHAT you do but I could not find the WHY you do what you do.’
I have been reflecting on Stefanos’s comment for a while now.
Eventually, I decided that, my professional drive is to bridge the gap between theory and practice. I shall be updating the website soon, accordingly. I will also be preparing my anti-CV, for that job / role opportunity, with this goal in mind.
Over to you, now: what are your plans for this week?
Did Chris’s anti-CV idea strike a chord with you, too?