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Is your CV job search ready? Your CV is an important document in your job search.

Is it time to look for a new job? But you haven’t updated your CV in years and don’t actually know where to begin,  well let’s talk about your CV and professional online profile.

Your CV is often the first chance at a job opportunity you will have, so it makes sense to make the initial introduction one that will hopefully secure you an interview.

It is advisable that you spend time on your CV, on the formatting, the grammar,  pay attention to consistency of font sizes and do a spell check!  A slapdash CV makes me question the level of seriousness the candidate has over their job search and unfortunately no matter how great your work experience may be, it doesn’t make for a great first impression. As Recruiters we cross-reference your CV document with your online profile, in today’s digital world it is possible to do so at the click of a button, so I  am equally as surprised when I come across a LinkedIn profile that does not tie up with the CV I have in front of me, it immediately raises a question mark.  You don’t want a Recruiter or future employer to have doubts over your application at the start of the process.

 

Equally if you are going to have a presence on LinkedIn, then do provide day-to-day responsibilities under each job title. A note to tech candidates, DO list your certifications and qualifications, we are often briefed specifically around certifications and qualifications especially on the IT side.

 

If you are still in the process of completing your Degree/Diploma your CV or profile needs to say as much, put Current studies to be completed. It does come across as dishonest when your LinkedIn profile reads BCom Degree and in an interview discussion you mention that your Degree/Diploma is incomplete.

What is of most relevance is what you been doing for the last 10 years and your most recent employment and your current position should appear first.  Company Name, Position Held, Date of employ start and end dates for each role and then your day-to-day responsibilities.

Sing your own praises, don’t be shy to list accomplishments and achievements, it’s a tough market out there and clients want to hire top talent!

If you are applying for a job in another City, do indicate that you are open to relocation.

On that note …. happy job hunting! Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you want to discuss your career or CV further.

 

Advice for jobseekers

Looking for a job can be a highly emotive and stressful time regardless of your reason for deciding to look for a new position.

Whatever has motivated your decision to put yourself ‘out-there’ the following advice should assist in making your job search a little easier.

We all know a polished, professional, concise, well written CV is a first step to finding your ideal position. If however you are unsure of the format, chat to a professional resume writer or send your CV to a recruitment agency and ask for their professional opinion. Dealing with companies all day every day, we have a pretty good idea of what the corporate world looks for on a CV.

Do ensure that any other online reference to your CV, i.e. LinkedIn profile ties up with the CV you are sending out. Recruiters, hiring managers, talent acquisition specialists can and do cross reference your CV against your LinkedIn profile. If there is a discrepancy it can raise some doubt over your application. You want to eliminate reasons for companies not to hire you.

Your LinkedIn profile photo should be a professional one and keep your online presence with regards to social media aligned with the first impression you want to leave a prospective employer with.

Do list your skills and your day-to-day responsibilities for each position. This is your opportunity to shine, highlight strengths, academic achievements, promotions etc.

Don’t use generic sendouts for all jobs that you apply for, tweak your CV and cover letter to match the job you are applying for.

The client or company wants to know why they should hire you.

Soft skills like ‘dedicated, ‘hard-working’, ‘reliable’, ‘punctual’, etc companies take for granted that you will bring all of these to the table anyway.

They want to hear about your technical, competency based skills for e.g. delivered R ’x’ in turnover, took a non-performing brand and increased market share, won an award for the application project that you delivered to budget and within deadline.

These are things that make companies stop and pay attention to your application.

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Today’s post is about Job Security.

I stumbled across a post where a New York photographer asked a man on the street, ‘what his greatest struggle is right now? ‘ His reply. ‘Job security. I had one job for eighteen years, and right as I was starting to get lulled into a sense of security, I got laid off.’

It got me thinking. Is there such a thing as job security in today’s ever changing workplace where many of the jobs that were needed to fill years ago will  become redundant and some of the jobs we’ll see in the future, don’t even have titles yet. This doesn’t change the fact that for many of us, despite a rapidly changing  job market, we need to remain employable.  So how do we avoid becoming ‘redundant?’

I think it’s important not to get stuck in the proverbial rut or languish in your comfort zone. Even if you’re in a job that you enjoy with promising career prospects, you should always be looking at ways to up skill yourself, keep up to date with trends in your industry, do a course. Further your studies. Network, you’d be surprised at the opportunities that are available to you through your network.

Be agile, work in other departments, gain experience in other areas of the business. Think entrepreneurially. You know that idea you’ve been mulling around in your head for years, give it some creative energy and breathe some life into it. Your hobby could become your income.

One of the greatest things about technology is that everything is accessible, you have resources at your fingertips and an idea that starts in your head has potential to easily become marketable and profitable through technology.

This is what makes today’s ever changing job market possibly not the most secure but certainly one of the most exciting!

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Here are some great tips from Business Insider: 17 New Ways To Make Your LinkedIn Profile Irresistible To Employers
http://www.businessinsider.com/make-your-linkedin-profile-irresistible-2013-10?op=1

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What Jerry Maguire Can Teach You About Interviewing
http://www.careerealism.com/interviewing-jerry-maguire/#xkJqy2hizOmZQShY.99

 

 

 

 

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