A previous post from Rosie at Propel gives advice on what employers are looking for within your digital CV. This week’s post looks at the digital variations for hosting your resume / curriculum vitae / portfolio online.
A digital CV can be highly effective and has the potential to hold a lot more information than your usual two pager. Whilst we don’t expect certain sectors to welcome the use of a blog, YouTube video or digital portfolio, the marketing and advertising industry is the ideal place to try something new, put your personality out there and learn how to sell yourself.
We’ll have a look at some key tools below and how they vary in terms of personalisation and effectiveness but it’s key to remember that you don’t have to be a creative with lots of ideas, a designer with previous projects or even have a lot of work experience. The beauty of a digital CV is it will develop throughout your career, but only if you start now!
The following review of how to use some of the tools available is not a definitive guide but should help you decide what format would be right for you and give you some ideas about creating a digital presence.
Professional networking site. You can’t really get your personality across but a lot of recruiters use LinkedIn and it is a good way of maintaining industry contacts. Request to add anyone in the industry you’ve met face to face, don’t be ashamed of asking for recommendations and keep your information up to date. Use the summary area to define exactly what you’re looking for when looking or use it to describe exactly what you’re doing when doing!
A few approaches to this one, check out this blog by advertising student @mallia22... He puts his thoughts and opinions on the industry on his blog and therefore provides a destination for a potential employer to find out more. You don’t need to be a web expert either, you could use wordpress or tumblr to get your personality across without having to go near any HTML code!
Build a following based on your opinions and interests, interact with people in the industry and stay aware of job offers. I wrote a full post on how to use twitter a few weeks back, check that out for some in depth tips. Twitter is a great opportunity to become part of the discussion.
Great for creative’s. A social environment where you can host projects online and join a community of fellow creative’s. Build your portfolio online, make contacts within the industry, collaborate with fellow creative’s and create a space any potential employer can appreciate your work.
We’ve previously featured the CV below, which is very interactive and effective. A lot of applications for grad schemes ask you fill out forms and answer standard questions... try answering on YouTube instead with a video. Maybe you’re really passionate about a particular brand... start reviewing all their communications via video log and you never know what might happen.
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