Take Your C.V. OnlinePosted: 16th of February 2015 by
While there is still a place for the traditional paper C.V., social networking offers you an alternative to get seen by prospective employers. With many employers admitting that they check Facebook and other social networks for insight about prospective employees, you could turn the tables on them by using your profiles to shine. Rather than thinking that you social network accounts are a potential danger zone of embarrassing pictures, comments, or videos, why not turn them into an active promotional tool for yourself as you look for work?
Employers use social networks to check up on the work history, personality and interests of prospective employees, so it makes sense to take your C.V. online to make the most of this snooping. However, it is not a case of simply uploading your paper C.V. as you should make the best use of each network you use to present yourself correctly.
Of course, if you already have a job, you may not want to let your boss know you are looking to move elsewhere, so avoid putting statements such as “I am looking for work” online. Instead you can be a bit more subtle as you promote yourself through your networks.
LinkedIn is a good place to start. It is business-focused and allows you to link to blogs, tweets, and other relevant material. You can upload your C.V. here too of course. LinkedIn also allows you to demonstrate your professional reputation via recommendations and connections to prove your worth. Make sure to include a professional looking photograph and join groups relevant to your job aims. You will need to stay active, so make sure to check past regularly with updates about what you are doing.
The benefit of taking your C.V. (or at least your self-promotion) online is that you can include far more than you would on a regular, paper C.V. You have the space to use whole paragraphs as well as link to other material which would simply not be possible with a traditional C.V. You can also add a personal touch by using statements that start with “I,” such as “I am an expert in.” Use keywords that relate to your job-hunting aims to help those searching for the skills you have.
Much like your LinkedIn profile, you can use a Google acount to help yourself get seen too. Write a page that can serve as a digital C.V. – listing your work achievements, occupation, and so forth. It will also rank highly when your name is searched on Google – making sure that anything negative is further down the list!
You can even use Twitter to promote yourself to employers by uploading your C.V. to act as your background, while Facebook can also be used with tolls such as JobMob, which uses tagged photos like a C.V.
Taking your C.V. online also allows you to use video, audio, and other files where appropriate. While this may not be right for all jobs, there are certainly those where this could be a great boon.
Whatever options you use, make sure your online profiles match with your regular paper C.V. but don’t be afraid to add extra content as you see fit. Finally, as with all online profiles, make sure you keep them updated and stay active – nobody will want to look at something that is old and out-of-date.
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