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Cv workshop cambridge connect

A CV surgery held at the Postdoc Centre, University of Cambridge on 29 March 2017

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Cv workshop cambridge connect

  1. 1. BLOGGING FOR BEGINNERS CV workshop Cambridge Connect – 29 March 2017 Simone Castello • Using social media • Top tips from recruitment consultants • Hands-on practice: one-page CV • Q&A
  2. 2. Launched in 2003, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network online. It is a great platform for finding people, recruiting staff and discussing industry topics. Some stats (2014): • Over 313 million members in over 200 countries, 23 languages • 67% of LinkedIn members are located outside the U.S. • Over 39 million students and college graduates • Over 3 million firms have Company Pages • Members are sharing insights and knowledge in over 2 million groups • In the second quarter of 2014, mobile accounted for 45% of unique visitors How to use it: •Create a profile • Share presentations and write articles to make it more interesting • Sign up to job alerts • Connect to recruitment consultants • Ask for introductions: i.e. HR personnel, managers, etc. USING SOCIAL MEDIA
  3. 3. BLOG YOUR WAY IN • A blog can be useful to build a portfolio of your work. • You can write articles, post photos or discuss any topic that is relevant to your chosen career. • Blog posts can be shared on LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media channels. If you are building a personal brand (as artist, consultant, etc) it is a recommended way in.
  4. 4. TIPS FROM RECRUITMENT CONSULTANTS • Customise your CV for each job – it’s hard but it pays off • Too many jobs send a negative message – only mention what is relevant • Consider a skills’ summary at the top of the CV where the keywords from the job advert are highlighted for easy selection • Cover letters are only read at the first selection stage, be brief and do not spend too much time on them. Only 9%* of line managers see them • Do not abuse the pronoun I, use you when you can. Addressing the company and showing them how they could benefit from hiring you can secure an interview for a competitive job • You have 6* seconds to impress – less is more • Read the job description and advert carefully. Use keywords from them and give examples of your skills that are relevant *Figures collected at recent CV workshop by Career Ambitions • Visit the company’s website to get a feel of how they communicate to customers and use that tone of voice • Visit the websites of competitors to give you an idea of their challenges • Only 35%* of jobs are advertised, research companies you like and send them an unsolicited CV.
  5. 5. TIPS FROM RECRUITMENT CONSULTANTS CONT. • Think of the reader (recruiter, HR, Manager, Agency…), make your CV relevant and real. To which I would add three Rs: research, rewrite, retarget (find out about jobs, rewrite your CV regularly and retarget it to fit different industries) • 60%* of readers scan read, only 40%* want to see detail – less is more • If you are writing generic statements in your CV, you won’t stand up, for instance “I process payroll records” does not tell a potential employer how good you are at it and how you would benefit the company. Give examples of your achievements and skills that matter to the company advertising • Again, if a skill is not mentioned, do not include it. Keep it relevant, this cannot be stressed often enough • Last but not least… and this is from me: the one-page CV is powerful! I like as it collects jobs from most websites and offers free job alerts *Figures collected at recent CV workshop by Career Ambitions