If you are running your own business, when was the last time you updated your cv?  Probably not since you went self-employed I am guessing.  Well, why would you?  You run your own business and are not looking for a job so there is no need.

But just stop a moment.  This could be a really useful exercise to determine if you are the right person for the job.  And I can’t take credit for this idea.  It came from my husband.

He was made redundant recently, quite out of the blue.  He had been employed for many years so his cv was wholly out of date.  We sat down together and I helped him update all his information.  Some of this was work related but there was also a host of transferrable skill he had picked up from hobbies such as work with the local football team.

He was so nervous when we started but when he read it back, he was a little taken aback.  He couldn’t believe this was him.  He thought the cv sounded too good to be true.  But every word WAS true.  He had just failed over the years to realise how many talents he had and what assets he had that other people wanted.

It was then that he turned to me and said he thought everyone should have to re-do their c.v. every six months to give themselves the confidence boost that he had gained.

And it got me thinking.  What a good idea.

How about you go write a job description for the perfect person to run your business.  Remember to list all the essential skills required and the additional desirable skills.  Ask the question as to why the applicant would like to work for the company and why they feel they are better suited than anyone else.

Now go apply for this job.  And be honest with yourself.

One of two things may happen.

Firstly, you realise how bloody wonderful you are and what skills you have to offer to the world.  This can be a huge confidence boost as in the case of my other half.

Or, you may realise you are lacking a skill or desirable asset.  And if that is the case, as you have now identified this, you can go find out how to fill that gap in your skill set.  This will only make you better and more effective at your work which in turn, will help your business grow.

Have a go and let me know in the comments how you found this exercise.

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