Upgrade Your Chances of Impressing Recruiters with a Modern CV

Modern CV

The traditional CV has been used as a matter of course when applying for any job for the past six decades, with the aim to highlight an applicant’s skills, experience and education relevant to the specific job vacancy.

However, now that employers are increasingly using social recruitment tools to research potential candidates, the traditional two-page paper CV has become an online set-up and thus incorporates each candidate’s full online presence. With this in mind, we have put together some of the places that IT professionals should keep an active profile as part of their ‘online CV’ when applying for jobs.

LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is the major social platform that employers are using both to search for new talent and to research any new job applicants. A social recruiting survey conducted by Jobvite found that 94% of recruiters who use social media use LinkedIn. More than 90% said they used the platform to keep tabs on potential candidates and vet candidates before interview.

With tens of millions of registered users in the UK alone, there is some fierce competition to showcase what makes you different. Interview coach and recruitment expert Pamela Skillings recommends using video, images and audio in the summary to provide some real world evidence of your previous work and contributions. It is also useful to become an active participant in groups related to your field, as employers looking for new talent will commonly search through these groups to identify potential candidates.

Additionally, try to incorporate keywords through your profile that relate to the job that you ideally want. Making your software skills clear, using examples, and asking previous colleagues or clients to add recommendations will catch the attention of hiring decision makers.

Personal Website

Research by Workfolio found that 56% of hiring managers find a personal website more impressive than any other personal branding format, but only 7% of jobseekers have one.

A personal website can be a particularly great tool for digital designers, as it provides evidence of the quality of an applicant’s work and their considerations of user experience first-hand. For example, this website by digital designer Antony Wiktor uses sleek and impressive design to capture the attention of potential employers and also features his skills, experience and awards as well as links to previous projects that he has worked on.

Online Portfolio

As hiring managers will be exploring the social profiles of potential candidates, it makes sense to start hosting a portfolio of previous work online to impress and stand out from other applicants. For developers this can include hosting code on online platforms for potential employers to explore. GitHub is a useful platform for this as it can host anything from small snippets of code to full web applications that developers have created. Designers can feature previous work on sites such as Behance, which is also popular for showcasing creative work such as branding projects.

If you already feel you have a complete online profile that would impress any recruiter, then maybe it’s time to be proactive and find that dream job.

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