Yes, you can get by with a conventional paper-based CV, but increasingly individuals are posting online versions to showcase their talents. A major advantage is that online CVs offer more scope and more space to sell yourself and are a 24/7 reference point for prospective employers wherever they are in the world.
Until now, online CVs have been used more in the creative and high-tech industries, but there's every reason for HR professionals to exploit the new medium.
Andrew West, a web designer specialising in online CVs and portfolios, has produced CV websites for a diverse clientele ranging from Field Sales People to Recruitment consultants.
"An online presence is as much of a helpful tool in today's job world as an e-mail address or a mobile phone number" he says.
Executed well, CV websites can make a real statement and, if you believe in a freelance future where we will all sell our services via the web, they might well become a necessity. As it's a live medium, it also provides a compelling reason to make sure your CV is never out of date.
- Easy to use update tool
- Upload images
- Upload certificates
- Upload brag files
- Dedicated url ie, www.andrewwestcv.com
To have a look at an example please click here www.andrewwestcv.com
There are many ways of writing a CV, and you should carefully consider both presentation and content.
Organisation is important. Make sure you present all the relevant facts (such as dates you went to school or periods of employment) clearly and neatly.
Your CV is more than a chance to present your education and work history. It's your opportunity to sell yourself and showcase your skills to employers.
When you mention details of jobs, it's a good idea to say why this information is relevant - maybe it was a similar job to the one you are applying for, or possibly you learned something that you want to highlight.
It's never good enough to simply state the facts. You must present them in the best way possible.
Remember many employers don't have the time to read CVs properly. Where possible you should try to squeeze all of your most important information into the first half-page of the CV. Decide what that might be your education or your work experience.
- Sales Targets
- Revenue Achieved
- Key Performance Indicators
Faced with a stack of hundreds of CVs (or resumes) to whittle down to a shortlist, a recruiter will spend absolutely no more than 30 seconds looking at each individual CV in the first instance. The advantage of our CV service is that we know exactly what to put in, what to leave out, and what kind of an angle to put on your CV to ensure that it will stand right out from your competition to give you the very best possible chance of getting the job you want. There really is no substitute for taking advantage of in-depth professional advice, experience and expertise.