The social side
In this day and age it’s more than likely that employers will scope you out on social media before hiring you. Enhance your appeal by including evidence of your professional thinking and showing that you’re contributing to industry debate and discussions.
Dedicate some time to your social media activity. There’s not much point sending someone to your profile or blog if it’s not up to date. You don’t need to be an advanced professional to join online forums, blogs and groups – you just need an opinion and an interest. For example, if you want a career in fashion, a Pinterest or Instagram account with your own designs and inspirations could show your commitment.
Put your blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Google+ addresses on your CV in your ‘contact details’ area under something along the lines of ‘Industry profile’. This is where you can mention the LinkedIn groups or industry blogs where you are active, your membership of professional bodies, and show that you’re up to date with current trends and debates.
Things like Facebook, personal Twitter or tumblr can be included, but are definitely not necessary – only include these if they show you in a good light.
If your Facebook or Instagram has a lot of social chatter/pics and isn’t professionally geared, don’t bother directing employers to these on your CV. But at the same time, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through – add your hobbies, sporting and leisure interests away from social media as well.
It’s all about establishing you as someone with an opinion in the sector where you want to make your mark.
CV glamour is in!
JETmag and other guides can suggest what you put in your CV, but there’s not a lot of guidance around on what your CV should look like. Instead of fudging through and making up something in Word, look for online design studios that create breathtakingly beautiful templates. They can cost as little as $40 or $50, but with competition so fierce, making yourself memorable with a gorgeous CV is one way to get yourself in front of an employer.
Check out the awesome CVs/resumés from here to see what is available:
http://loftresumes.com/collections/loft-resumes – there are plenty of other websites that offer similar services.
If you or a mate is artistic, you can create your own beautiful CV. Graphic designers are notoriously awesome at this kind of thing. CVs as infographics are all the rage, so Google some examples and get inspired!
And NO typos!
The number one reason employers say they bin CVs without even finishing them is when they come across typos. Check, check and recheck your text, then get someone else to check it for you.