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Make your CV e-friendly in 5 steps

In this increasingly technology-driven world, bringing your CV kicking and screaming into the 21st century is a must. It’s no longer enough to make the most of the multiplicity of social media channels at your disposal: it’s the bricks and mortar – your CV – that will do the talking for you…

1. Convert it into a PDF
There’s nothing more frustrating than receiving a document that doesn’t open properly or has been scattered around a page due to a difference in software, and oftentimes this can be what your CV looks like on reaching a potential employer. Instead, once you’ve proofread your CV and are happy with its layout – convert it into a PDF file. This way, when a recruiter picks up your CV as an attachment, it will be reader-friendly.

2. Make it into a link
If you haven’t yet created yourself a gmail account, it is strongly recommended. Once armed with a gmail account, you can access google drive (a cloud service which allows you to save documents onto a digital hard drive). This will also allow you to upload your own documents and accordingly share your CV as a simple URL link (using the share button in the top-right-hand corner) that can only be accessed by those you send it to.

3. Add a QR code
Have you been seeing more and more of those square-dotted bar codes popping up on posters? Well these handy QR codes are not only for marketing and advertising whizzes: why not include a QR code on your CV that links to either your LinkedIn, a video version of your CV, or your own blog (that relates to the role of course)? This shows ingenuity and may just make your CV stand out from the hoards of others that hit an employer’s inbox each day.

4. Emphasise your social brand
Nowadays your social standing (we’re talking social media) is of premier importance. Your visibility online can go a long way to helping you land a job – or of course hinder you gaining your dream role – so use your social brand to your advantage. Pinpoint employers to your Twitter, your LinkedIn, your blog, online articles – but only if you’ve branded yourself effectively. After all, attracting an employer to your Twitter feed full of profanity will not do you any favours. (For more on bolstering your social brand, head here.)

5. Implement key words
Never underestimate the value of key words. Not only are they critical for highlighting your appropriateness for the role for which you’re applying, but in the online world, they can prove the difference between being head-hunted and not. Take, for example, the instance of LinkedIn – where you’re likely to upload your CV to build your profile, or CV databases where you’ll add your CV to the system, without those important key words that draw attention to your CV, you may fall by the wayside. As Catherine Schlieben, Head of Recruitment for ITV, explains “if we were going to look for Drupal developers, we might do a search under Drupal on LinkedIn. Now if somebody has talked about being a web developer but they haven’t listed the languages that they’re familiar with, and the systems that they’re familiar with, then we’re not going to find them.”

Originally sourced from jobsandcareersmag.com

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