Recently, a job-hunting friend of mine asked me to review their CV. I flat out refused. Are you surprised?

You might be, as that’s where most people start their job search – stressing over their resume. I refused my friend’s request, not because I didn’t like them or didn’t want to help, but I didn’t want to waste either of our time.

The Resume is Obsolete

If you are working on your resume, you are thinking responding to a job ad with a cover letter and a resume is going to win you a job. It will not.

Now, there is always an exception – and a broken clock is still right twice a day – but that’s not the efficient way to get a new job.

Any job ad, including those in this email, will solicit 100+ resumes. The HR team is going to have a streamlined approach to save the sanity of their recruiters. Generally, a software system will cull out most of the CVs, humans will cull out more, and there will be 3-4 that get to the interview stage.

Focus on What Matters: Networking

Of those 3-4 people who get interviewed, its always 2-3 or even all 4, that are already known in some way to the hiring team. They’re ex-colleagues, friends, friends of friends, and all the other human connections possible.

Only the rare applicant will be truly there because of their CV. Don’t bet that’s going to be you.

Instead, focus on what matters – networking. Yes, the hard, yet exceptionally practical process of getting to know who is working where and what they are looking for in a colleague. Be that potential colleague – network, network, network.

Good luck!


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Psychological safety is the shared belief that a team is safe for interpersonal risk taking. It can be defined as saying what you believe without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career. In psychologically safe teams, team members feel accepted and respected.

So do you feel psychologically safe?

I ask this question because I had an awesome experience of company-wide psychologically safety at work yesterday. Our larger leadership team met for the day and really dug into lingering issues and new opportunities, and spoke truth to the CEO, our company leaders, and ourselves.

This happens at other firms too, of course, but I’ve found it very rare. Usually, I’m one of the few people brave enough to speak my mind, and I’ve won and lost in doing so.

Love your job if you have psychologically safety

In talking about that session at my work with my colleagues, we were all in agreement that it was an impressive display of psychologically safety for the whole company and that feeling of safety to speak our minds made us really enjoy working here.

If you are also lucky enough to work at an organization with psychologically safety, enjoy it and be proud of such a positive work culture.

And if not… well, that’s the list below is for.



Why? Do you only have one outfit? No, you have outfits for work, for fun, for play. Have the same mindset with your CV.

I personally have 3 CVs:

  • The LinkedIn CV that shows off what I want others to know about me.
  • The tailored CV that I would adjust for each job I applied for.
  • The detailed CV for HR when they want to know all my work history

For that second CV, do take your time to adjust your CV to each job you apply for. Think about what the employer says in their job description, what you know about the company in general.

The goal is to make sure your CV speaks to their needs and aspirations, as much as your experience and ability.


What Skills Do You Need for ICT4D?

The most common question I receive is, “What skills do I need to succeed in ICT4D?”

Emergent digital development professionals want to know if they should take more formal education courses, improve their technology skills, or volunteer to improve their chances for a dream job in ICT4D.

Here’s My Thoughts

Nick Martin of TechChange interviewed me on the ICT skills that would help people get project manager, technology advisor, and software developer type of jobs.

We had fun making this video, and I hope you enjoy watching it.

Thanks for reading this far,