SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) In research is is obviously important to get the right people on your team and I thought I would start this thread off and think about how you look at or present yourself in a CV and interview. Too often when you look up sites on how to do a CV they are a bit mechanical and don't always explain the foundations of a good CV. So Bill Hybels in his book "Courageous Leadership" marks out three elements he always looks for when employing someone and they are in order of importance: character, competence and chemistry. Character - committed to: honesty, teachability, humility, reliability, persistence, punctuality, kindness, work ethic and a willingness to be entreated (told off or advised). Remember, lapses or failings in character are very hard to fix and almost impossible to do in an active team setting. Competence - look for high skills in the area you want, go after proven competence. If someone is unhappy or if unemployed then wonder why. Chemistry - a relational fit with other members of the team, someone who has a positive emotional effect on the team - put simply it helps if you like each other in a team. You have to take a good look at yourself when considering these qualities. You will know if you are honest, you will know if you have been lazy and uncaring, you will know if you have cheated or been unkind. Hybels said "It's a terribly lonely feeling to have no one to blame, look to no one to rescue you. It's rotten to realise that to find the bad guy, you just have to look in the mirror. The truth is that the only person who can sort you out is you. Anything else is a self-leadership fumble, an illusion." In your CV you are trying to persuade someone of your worth and foremost in that is demonstrating your character. The value of character has always been recognised from the modern world where Billy Graham said "When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost" to ancient times with Aristotle, some 2,500 years ago saying "Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion." Now of course on a CV you cannot write down "I am honest and reliable..." you have to demonstrate it, produce evidence for it. The way you do that is to say something about how you reacted or behaved in real circumstances. Suppose you worked in Burger King or a local Church you might say something like: Worked in Burger King for 18 months. During this time I learned the essential value of team work and how important punctuality was coupled with helping each other during busy periods.... I worked as an intern in my local Church for year and this taught me the value of meeting and talking and caring about people. I also learned how to operate the sound and vision system and then went on to mange wedding and funeral service and out of that how to help and be sympathetic to the needs of others.... In this way you tell people what it is you have learned and how your character has developed as well as giving an indication of your skills and of course you have also said something about chemistry. Very very likely, the interview panel will follow this up and again it's an opportunity for you to show who you are and what you are really like. Now don't just copy what I have written because if you have any real character you will think through every job you have undertaken (no matter how small) and ask what it was you learned from it.