To Hell with Your CV

To Hell with Your CV

Swati Agarwal 24/10/2017 12

Off lately I have been finding the mention of ‘entrepreneurship’ at every other article, talk, paper etc that I come across. Recently I read a post that said, “Everybody must learn to think entrepreneurially!” I so agree with that.



But what is 'entrepreneurship' after all? Where has this concept come from all of a sudden? Well, there are plenty of references to its origin available in different languages - French, Latin etc find it closest to the word in Sanskrit -Antra-Prerit ie. " Self - Inspired".

We live in a time in which we all need more than one source of income – and more importantly we need to chose a career that aligns with our passion so that we don’t take our job as a burden from 9 to 5– we can chose to give it time and energy as much as we want, beyond what is expected of us - we can bring SELF to it.

However, I also simultaneously find much hulla-gulla in the market on what you should write in your curriculum-vitae (CV) - which skills you should have to give your profile an edge, and what are the relevant keywords that you should mention in your CV to stand out in the crowd etc.

I feel that before we need to think entrepreneurially, we need to start “thinking” at least. How to think is a next step. Don’t just run in a race without taking a pause – exploring what you want – what you can excel at. There are hundreds of career lines that exist which we have never even tried, and thousands others that are yet to be created.



We need to stop doing things to make our CV look good, add certificates to maintain an average paying job, get stupid promotions, save on Sick or Casual Leaves etc. If you can financially afford, take a planned break from your work when you can think about your life path. Do not worry about number of leaves you have left in that financial year, or the time gap it will cause in your CV between two jobs. It’s okay to have a break period in which you are exploring rather than constantly running without a vision for yourself.

If you want to make a difference, take a small step. Are you 100% efficient in your current job? If you crib about your current job, is your own capability to handle the job pressure the reason or something else is? Do you like what you do? Do you know what you like? What will it take for you to know the answer of questions that you ask others all the time?

Seek mentors, don’t seek job references! Discover in the meantime what you want, and then go get it! And most importantly, take big decisions and be responsible for those decisions.

To hell with that CV!


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  • Taylor Thompson

    Awesome :)

  • Kevin James

    I agree with Swati, one should spend more time working on networking skills and getting advices from mentors to get there. A good CV alone is not enough to land your dream job.

  • Paul MacDonalds

    Motivational read :D

  • Lee Yung Shun

    I though it was a click bait but no that was a decent post, that really caught me off guard.

  • Andrew

    "There are hundreds of career lines that exist which we have never even tried, and thousands others that are yet to be created." Broaden your horizon and don't be too stubborn.

  • Deepti Abrol

    Agreed, work to live dont live to work :)

  • Michael J

    An entrepreneurial CV requires you to have good skills, a solid work experience & education and how well you are prepared for this career.

  • Marc S

    I love this, great inspirational message to start the morning at work

  • William Hollis

    Doing the same thing day in an day out. Working a job you hate, sacrificing 5 days for 2 every week. No motivation or inspiration, just following the rules of society. Living life out like a slave until you're in the ground. Making excuses hating on everybody else..... You know what? Nothing is guaranteed in this life. You could be gone tomorrow. Start being happy now, everyday of your life, chose your job wisely.

  • Adelina Fetahi

    Thank you very helpful. Bless you.

  • Gaurav

    Nice Article. There is always another choice in these everchanging complex times. Its only human nature to follow the path of least resistance as failure is frowned upon..

  • Ankit

    Mentors or Guru play an important role in ones life. We should understand that we are beyond our job designations and degrees. As you mentioned its very important to be self motivated and invest in oneself. Keep writing. Its a pleasure to read this piece of yours.

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Swati Agarwal

Social Development Expert

Swati is the General Manager of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Hyderaad, where she builds powerful partnerships with non-profit organisations to tackle India's most pressing social challenges. SVP is the world's largest network of engaged philanthropists, with over 3,200+ investor-donors across more than 40 cities worldwide. Swati is a Teach For India Fellow - she has taught 100 girls for two years in a slum community in New Delhi. She has previously worked with Hedge Funds for four years as a consultant in New Delhi and New York. Swati holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from the Institute of Engineering and Rural Technology.

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