One practical way to improve your CV and future career prospects is by writing and self-publishing a book.
Adding a publication to your list of achievements can boost your CV and enhances your professional profile, as well as adding credibility and commitment to your professional background.
Linkedin, which has become a very ‘go-to’ platform for employers, HR companies and headhunters, provides for the addition of publications to your online profile.
Self-publishing has made it very easy to publish both in ebook and paperback, so the only hurdle in adding a publication or two to your professional achievements is to write a book.
However, this is not as daunting as it first seems.
If you select a nonfiction topic that is either closely related to your profession, or a subject that you are passionate about, the words will flow quite easily.
Take a look at some books on Amazon that are in your area of interest and read a few previews to get some ideas.
Find an idea
Think about your interests in a topic for your book.
Business topics such as marketing, communications, or real estate are always popular.
You might choose one of many lifestyle subjects like food, wine, and cooking, gardening, or vintage car restoration.
How to or self-help themes are another possibility. It could be parenting, job interviews, or self-confidence.
There are sure to be many topics that you have a passion for and can write about.
The right length
You don’t need to write a tome of one hundred and fifty thousand words.
Somewhere in the region of twenty to thirty thousand words is perfectly acceptable to be considered a published book.
Perhaps you have a blog, so why not use the posts you have as the basis for your book?
Dig out your university thesis and look at whether it gives you some clues.
There are many starting points from which to get ideas and motivation to write a book.
A few hours per week spent writing for a month or two could be time well invested in your future career prospects.
And if you are in between jobs right now, what better way to use your time.
Add your books to Linkedin
For those who are already self-published, have you added your titles to your CV and Linkedin profile?
Self-publishing has many uses and benefits apart from writing fiction and hoping to become the next international bestselling author.
As in this case, you can use it to enhance career opportunities or to promote a business.
Some self-published authors make a side income from speaking engagements, which is much higher than their book sales income, due to their book giving them credibility on a particular topic.
For others, it is a way to pass on family history to future generations in the form of an autobiography or memoir.
So, are you ready to write your new book and improve your CV?