As the job market becomes a tougher and tougher place to compete, especially here in Ireland, it is becoming increasingly more important for candidates to make themselves stand out in some way shape or form. Many candidates fall into the ungodly trap of standing out for the sake of standing out, usually resulting in the emphasis of gaping character flaws. It is true that employers want to see you are making an effort, but the way in which you do this is vital to it being a success.
At the end of the day you're experience and skills should speak for themselves, and at this point I would hope that everyone would be well informed enough to understand that every time you apply for a new role, you must write a unique cover letter and edit your CV to suit the role, in order to make an employer pay attention to their content. The golden oldies of formatting, file typing and general length should all be given at this stage. However, is this enough?
Many candidates will now use their LinkedIn profile to try and stand out, but it's often just a carbon copy of their CV and doesn't actually give the potential employers any more of an insight, Unless of course you load it with AV content you have created. Plus, with over 1,000,000 users on LinkedIn in Ireland alone, you can hardly claim to be original. Now the idea of a personal website isn't a new one. It's not even really that creative. They've been around for years. There have even been a number of people make the news by buying billboard space and directing potential employers to their website, usually named something like HIREHARRY.com. So when I talk about the Web CV I guess I'm not being all the original either.
However, with the job market being what it is every little helps. As an employer, I often look for the candidate that does something really innovative. Having screened some ten thousand or so applications in my short time in business not once have I actually came across a potential candidate who bothered to build a Web CV, their own website to advertise their wears and tears. TrueView Digital offer a Web CV service for about 120 euro, but that includes a CMS. Basically meaning that once you've found a job you can re-purpose the site for something else at no extra cost. I can understand this initial outlay may be prohibitive for the unemployed person seeking work, but for the person looking for the next big opportunity it's manageable, and if you can at all afford it, is an exceptionally good investment.
As the world falls more toward online screening and interaction, I see the concept of a perpetual Web CV becoming more and more common place. Especially as we see a quantum shift away from the traditional "Job for life" attitude and toward the quasi-bi-annual job hop. If you're seriously considering taking the next step forward in your career, you should strongly consider getting your own personal website/Web CV . By having somewhere other than LinkedIn or Wannawork to direct employers to find out more about the "real you", you will stand out head and shoulders above the competition.
"If you're willing to keep moving forward, eventually you will succeed."
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