Top tips for your online job search!
The digital era has all but ended the traditional job application; gone are the days when CVs and Cover Letters were printed on the crispest of cream paper and delivered by the Royal Mail; instead applications are now uploaded and sent via the web at any time of day or night. With so many applicants taking advantage of online methods, here’s how to ensure an effective digital presence…
Keywords: read the job specification closely and incorporate relevant terms or phrases into the body of your CV; not only will this enhance your position on CV databases (used to search for suitable candidates on job-sites), but, when used effectively, also enables recruiters to swiftly scan-read your CV and shortlist you as a potential candidate.
Avoid ‘spamming’: never underestimate the importance of focus; while it’s easy to apply for many openings, an indiscriminate approach may result in the impression of being a ‘lost’ or desperate candidate. Additionally, such a method tends to involve a generalist CV - consider how busy the market is and ensure that your CV is effectively tailored for the role.
Online networking: there are some fantastic websites providing the opportunity for professional networking and job searches. Use your Facebook and Twitter feeds to announce your intentions, interact with key recruiters, and upload your CV to your LinkedIn profile. Most recruitment websites enable you to apply for specific vacancies and/or submit your CV as a general applicant.
Damage limitation: remember that the online domain is a very public one. The information you post can be hard to retract and can leave a negative impression. Ensure your personal image is protected by avoiding the posting of compromising photos and never make the fatal mistake of complaining about your current position/boss/colleagues online.
The rules apply: while the methods of sending your CV may have advanced, the principle rules of CV writing have little changed. Ensure an easily readable format, detailing your career history in reverse chronological order. Write positively (and honestly) about your skills and achievements and, finally, don’t forget to spell-check before pressing send!
Upload your CV on appoint.co.uk today to be considered for temporary and permanent opportunities throughout the Bath and Wiltshire areas. Appoint’s expert consultants work in close collaboration with jobseekers to ensure an approach tailored to their individual skills and requirements: 01225 313130 / www.appoint.co.uk
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