Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Professional Online Portfolio

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Approximately 87% of all purchasing decisions are made on the Internet and just like the successful business marketing mentioned in my earlier article Marketing Your Skills to Employers Effectively?, a job seeker needs to have an effective online presence.

Creating an online profile compliments your Resume giving it an extra professional flair and widens your skills marketing opportunities.

LinkedIn is a social media platform that is popular with professional people such as employers, business owners and larger companies. This platform provides an arena in which you can display your comprehensive skills and experience portfolio just like your CV. And just like Facebook you can find friends, connect with others, network and share your profile with potential employers. Employers can search for specific skill sets and find you too.

This site is easy to navigate and gives helpful prompts for entering the information employers are looking for. Place a link to this platform in your traditional Resume that employers can follow for more information.

By now you should have a chronological (year by year) Activities and Achievements Register created. This document will form the basis of your CV and provide all the information you will need for your Online Professional LinkedIn Profile.

Your CV is a more comprehensive version of your Resume and is much like your LinkedIn Profile and provide a more detailed account of your education, skills, experience, life and personality.

This document might have headings such as
• Personal Contact
• Personal Summary or Career Statement (where you have been, where you are now, where you are going; your dreams and aspirations—a broader version of the two paragraphs in your short Resume)
• Education (a chronological (year by year) listing of all you courses, activities, awards and accomplishments)
• Tickets, Licenses and Certifications (include ABN, business name and Business Liability Insurance if applicable)
• Work History, Referee’s, Experience and Skills (who, what where when how and why; describe the position and the skills you gained from this position, reference name and contact)
• Volunteer Activities and Community Involvement
• Interests, Sports, Hobbies, Leisure Activities (describe accomplishments, successes, awards and things that just make you happy
• Travel (where have you been and why; what was great about it)

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In this day and age, many destructive computer viruses can be transmitted via emails and their attachments. Many businesses have computer virus protection programs that automatically delete email attachments including word documents to protect their systems; this feature can also delete your Resume. Converting your word document to a PDF document will protect your attachment from being deleted and is a much more professional form of presentation.

But wait there is more…

There are hundreds if not thousands of job search engines on the web. They are fast, easy and convenient and provide an extra platform for getting your skills portfolio out to employers. They also send email alerts directly to your inbox on a daily basis making your job search efforts all the more easier. Some of the most popular sites are
Indeed
Shine
Shine Recruitment
National Work Force
Seek
Spot Jobs
My Career
Jobs.com
Career One and
Job Search

These sites are great paces to have a profile and Resume uploaded. Visit them and update your information regularly. Need some help with short and to the point professionally written content?

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Creating your Professional Resume and Cover Letter

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Your short Resume is an employer’s first contact with you. It needs to be memorable and filled with the information they require at a glance. Remember, there may be as many as 300 people applying for the same position so standing out from the crowd is important. Making it to the short list for further application process and interview is difficult. Many applications do not make it past the first stage.

There are many jobs worth applying for and each job application requires an explanation of the skills you possess that will fit the position applied for effectively. This skills information might vary for each separate job application. It is advisable to review your resume for each different position.

In last week’s article (Marketing Your Skills to Employers Effectively?), we discussed the importance of an Activities and Achievements Register. Once you have this document created you will have a well of skills and useful information to draw from when creating your Resume. Update it often.

It is also important to create a basic Resume Template containing the most important and relevant information you want an employer to know about you. Headings might be

  • Personal Summary or Career Statement
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Tickets and Licences, and
  • Work History with references for example.

This document should be no more than 1 or 2 pages in length.

A Cover Letter should accompany every Resume you send out. Not providing one is sloppy and signals to a potential employer that you don’t care enough about the position you are applying for.

Before filling your Resume Template with information carefully research and read the employment position description, it will tell you exactly what skills are required. Then write a Draft Cover Letter explaining:

  • Why you are suitable for the job
  • What you love about the job
  • What skills you have
  • What previous experience you have to back this up, and
  • What fresh new attributes you can bring to the position.

Make sure each explanation is short, exciting and to the point showing the employer that you understand the position and have the passion and skills to fill it better than any other applicant. Try to keep your Cover Letter to a one page minimum.

Once you have researched the employment position, read the job description and written your Cover Letter you will see what skills information you need to supply in your Resume. I have worked in many different jobs. An employer who needs a track work rider will not be interested in my fruit picking skills even though they are also a part of my working history. The employer will only be interested in the current skills and experience I have with riding horses. Picking fruit is irrelevant.

Make sure you follow the same Company Research, Draft Cover Letter and Resume Template process for every different employment application. Just like a human every company and employment position is different. A generic “one size fits all” Cover Letter and Resume, often times, will not do. You need to work hard and prove to the employer that you are the person they need and the person who wants the position the most. Your thoughtful and respectful research and specific Cover Letter and Resume content will show just how much you care.

The addition of a small personal photograph and a simple graphic element that does not take up too much room (remembering you don’t have much space) can add extra personality to you profile and make it memorable. This will also show that you have taken time and care with presentation and this will also aid in expressing your unique personality.

Marketing yourself effectively to employers via your Cover Letter and Resume is the key to success.

Take your time, keep it simple, don’t hide your personality and above all don’t lie.

Once you have proof read and edited your Cover Letter and Resume it is advisable to have a friend or colleague read it and give you some feedback. Remember people don’t always see you the way you see yourself and you only get one shot at it so it is important to get it right the first time. A friend or colleague will always pick up on subtle things about your personality that you won’t notice.

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Marketing your skills to employers effectively?

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Skills are like pearls;  display them well.

Skills are like pearls; display them well.

Online every day I see positive messages spruiking success. Businesses present grand illustrative content and beautiful graphic materials enticing customers and clients to choose their products and services. Customers and clients gravitate towards these exciting personality filled presentations trusting that the company will fulfil their needs, wants and desires perfectly. This is all a part of the successful marketing process.

A Cover Letter, Resume and Curriculum Vitae or CV are often the first contact that an employer will have with you. So your job application documents must work hard to show case you, your personality and your skills effectively. Just like a business’s marketing and advertising strategy, your Resume needs to show the employer you are the person who can fulfil their needs.

Your education, skills, work history and personality are equivalent to a successful business’s products and services.

Employers are forced to view hundreds of applications in a single sitting. Reading the same boring garden variety messages over and over again. Our education, work history, personal achievements, overcoming adversity and future career hopes is the crucible that shapes our skills, determination and personality for the future. This personal information is exactly what an employer wants to see.

Standing out from the crowd is paramount when your application is hiding amongst hundreds of others.

A new age and a new style of resume are now emerging to combat this high turnover of employment applications process. Applicants are now required to pass several reviews or semi-finals much like a contestant in So You Think You Can Dance. It is a long and exhaustive process and just like a dancing contestant, your Resume must be strong and skilled enough to make the cut for interview finals.

Most Universities have a free Resume and CV writing course available as a part of their Career hub. Using this convenient resource you can pull together the information you need to create a base document.

For those of you that do not have access to these resources the best way to do this is with an Activities and Achievements Register.

List in chronological order (year by year) all your

  • Education
  • Past Work history and skills
  • Current work history
  • Skills
  • Awards
  • Achievements and things you are proud of
  • Community involvement
  • Family and Friends
  • Leisure activities
  • Sport
  • Volunteering and anything else you can think of—it is all relevant.

Stay tuned next week and we will run through the next step in the resume writing process.

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