Are Media CEO Jane Huxley: “The CV Is Dead”

Are Media CEO Jane Huxley: “The CV Is Dead”

Speaking at the inaugural Forbes Australia Women’s Summit yesterday, Are Media CEO Jane Huxley spoke candidly about why the CV has to go.

“I think the CV is dead. To be honest with you, I really don’t know why, you know, we run around with bits of paper with our credentials written on them. I can use LinkedIn for that, right,” she said in a panel on the power of leadership.

Huxley was speaking on a panel on the power of leadership. She was joined by speakers Maria Lykouras (JBWere), Melanie Silva (Google AU & NZ), Martina Crowley (PwC), and Sarah Liu (The Dream Collective).

“I think when you’re looking at people, what you need to do is look at how they go about things,” she went on.

“I was at Spotify for some years, and one of my favourite questions in an interview was, ‘talk me through your tattoo,'” she said.

“And the reason I would ask that is that with every tattoo is a deeply personal story. And you, you know, that’s sort of the thread that you start to pull when you talk to somebody, there’s a deeply personal story as to why somebody would ink their body for life”.

Huxley went on to list the types of people she likes to work with: “I look for the hunter, I look for the chameleon, I look for the jester and people who have fun, I look for the ability to change, but I’m really looking for something that I like to call the Weeble”

She describes the Weeble as a “little toy that was popular in the 80s”  that has a  “round bottom” with a heavy weight in the bottom of it.

“The tagline of the Weeble was, Weebles wobble, but we don’t fall down”.

You could poke it right in its face, she said, and it would bounce up and still have the same look on its face and be ready for another poke.“I’m looking for that Weeble with the wobbles that never falls down.”

 




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