Infographic CVs

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Infographic CVs are slowly becoming very popular in an attempt to change the traditional CV layout.

Interesting CVs are always fun, but I think it is only appropriate for certain jobs and industries.

Inforgraphic CVs are a creative and can sometimes offer an interactive layout which can give you the chance to present your skills and experience in a more interesting way.

I have come across these types of CVs within the creative industry, but not quite sure how they would work in a corporate environment!

A few different things that you can do with Infographic CVs is show a ‘timeline’ of your work experience, instead of just listing your work experience in a text format.

I think this is a really interesting way to read about peoples experience, especially when the recruiter has so many to get through. It definitely makes you stand out from the crowd!!

Make it interesting and unique. Use your experience but maybe add in things that have happened in your life as well, this gives the recruiter an opportunity to get to know you as a person as well as a professional. These are meant to be fun after all!!

You can also create designs for your Infographic CV, which is a ray of sunshine compared to the plain CV recruiters usually get. This makes you stand out and can also portray your personality in an interesting way.

I do agree with the article, and I don’t think this type of CV should replace your traditional CV. Following in the authors footsteps, maybe upload your Infographic CV alongside your traditional CV. This gives the recruiter the opportunity to choose which they would prefer to read. One may be easier to go through in the interview for example!

Over all I think this a fantastic new way to express yourself in your CV and really get your personality and experience across in an fascinating way. This may also be a great thing for young adults and students to use for their first jobs and internships to make sure they really stand out from the rest.

As I said don’t forget about your traditional CV, but the times are changing so maybe it’s time the CV changed a bit too!

Below are some useful links to help you get your Infographic CV started!

http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/stand-out-applying-work-infographic Tips on how to create your Infographic CV

http://www.wordle.net/ and http://www.tagxedo.com/ Web based platforms to assist you in designing your Infographic CV

http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2010/1/8/16-infographic-resumes-a-visual-trend.html examples of some cool Infographic CVs

Do you agree? Have you used an Infographic CV? Let me know your thoughts!

Is a gap on your CV a bad thing?

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This article really stood out to me, as it is something I have experienced myself.

‘Job hoppers’ as it refers to, are quite common nowadays.
With the current economic climate it is understandable people don’t have long service. This is mainly due to redundancy, company merges or the fact that people cannot get permanent work and are taking contracts instead.

Years ago you would see candidates that had worked at very few places in the whole career and would have years of continuous service at any one place.
Nowadays that isn’t as common. However I do not think this is necessarily a bad thing.

The good thing about people that have been at one company for many years, is that they know the company inside out and have a great understanding of the way it works. This could also be a negative as they may not have any fresh ideas or different ways of working if they are used to one environment.

Candidates offering two or less years’ experience in any one place may look inexperienced, however they may have a lot more to offer. As the article states, these people can be more adaptable as they are used to different environments and working with different types of people. This means they should be able to settle into a new role with more ease.

The article also mentions that job hopping could be seen as ambitious and risk taking. This can be a valuable skill in the work place as you need someone who wants to succeed in their role, as it helps the company succeed too!

I have found when I have moved round jobs it has given me the confidence to get stuck in and really push my role in each company. I have also moved around industries which has also helped the way I look at my role and how I should approach things.

I think the way recruiters look at experience has changed, and having shorter years’ service in each company is proving more common and therefore more acceptable.

Use it to your advantage, and make it work for you and your next role!
Every experience is a positive one, so make sure you get that across.

What do you think? Are you a long serving employee or more of a ‘job hopper’? Let me know your thoughts on this!

http://www.recruiter.com/i/why-recruiters-should-not-ignore-job-hoppers/

“I’ve applied for so many jobs but haven’t heard back from any!”

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‘90% of the common and average job seekers will never take action towards changing the way the look for jobs, despite being rejected time after time.’

I recently came across this quote whilst reading an article and unfortunately I am not surprised.

Many people mass apply for jobs and don’t realise that they are doing anything wrong, which in a way I suppose they aren’t.

However I do feel that this is not an effective way of applying for jobs, as you are not thinking about what you are submitting and therefore it may not be relevant for the role.

As I have said before in previous posts, you need to tailor your CV and application to each specific job you apply for. Sometimes you may not need to change much, but you need to go through the job description thoroughly and pick out the specific requirements for the role and make sure these skills stand out in your CV and application.

You also need to understand the type of company you are applying to, as this may change the way you set up your CV. (I will be posting an interesting post soon about new and exciting CV’s you can create).

When I hear people say, “I have applied for hundreds of jobs and haven’t heard back from any” something must be wrong.

Everyone can come across well on their CV if it is written properly and they have put some time into it.

Mass applying means you are submitting a standard CV that won’t be showing off your true skills.

Many companies can also tell you are mass applying, for example if you are copying the same text into every application you won’t be referring to the company by name, and if you do, you run the risk of mentioning the wrong company! (This is a really good tip! Personalise your application and include the company name and even the hiring managers name if you know it. This shows you are really interested in the specific company and have done your research.)

When people mass apply, it is usually through job websites. I found when I have been using these sites, I look on the job advert and find out what agency the job is with, and apply directly to them instead. This way they can help you tailor your CV but also sell you to the client in a personal way, instead of you just sending it all online. They may also have more roles, similar to the one you are applying for!

When you are next job hunting, limit yourself to 5 jobs a day, and really focus on your CV and application for each one and actually spend time tailoring your skills for the requirements, you may be surprised on how much it helps!

I have included some links below with tips on applying for jobs!

http://www.ehow.com/list_7536194_ways-apply-jobs.html

http://heathere.hubpages.com/hub/resumewritingservice

Do you agree with this? Have you applied to a lot of roles and had no response? Please let me know your thoughts today!

Monday blues…

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Do you wake up every Monday wishing the weekend back? Are you never happy to be going to work? Well maybe its time to look for something different?

I am not saying everyone should jump out of bed at 7am singing and dancing, however you are work most of the time, so you need to at least enjoy what you do!

Today I started a new job, and it was great. Lovely relaxed atmosphere and friendly people! A lot different to my previous role.

I find this very important, if you don’t enjoy where you work, you will stop caring about your work and not perform to the best of your ability.

You need to work somewhere which pushes your boundaries and skills and really challenges you on a day to day basis.

Maybe its the company or the people you work with, but whatever it is, you need to change it!

If the problem cannot be solved by speaking to someone and trying to change the atmosphere, look for a more challenging role. It is always good to try and change the type of company you work for as much as possible, as this offers a completely different working environment. For example I went from a corporate environment to a creative innovation company. Big difference!!

Do you agree? Does your job need to challenge you or are you happy just plugging away at the daily chores?

No Internship set yet? No worries

JobSearchingExpert:

This is a fantastic blog with lots of great hints and tips regarding finding an internship! The positive attitude she discusses is key! Never let anything get you down and keep trying! This is very similar to my posts and I agree strongly with this blog! Keep up the fantastic work! Leila x

Originally posted on High Heels High Hopes:

keep calm and chase Hey Readers, I hope your weather isn’t as dreary as it is here in Athens. It was 66 degrees yesterday, and today it’s rainy and cold. I also really hope the reports of snow are false, because I am sick of snow! I want spring, not the polar vortex or trees with no leaves on them. I want green grass, green trees and the ability to wear skirts and dresses without tights. March better prove me wrong. Anyways, to get to the point of this article, it’s the middle of Internship application season. I started in January and still have nothing set, but if you are in the same boat, DO NOT FREAK OUT!

Companies can be slow. Finding interns is sometimes the last thing on their mind. Remember, HR can receive hundreds of applications and it takes time to go through them. Yes, many end up in the trashcan…

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Work Experience in the Design industry (INDUSTRY CONTEXT)

JobSearchingExpert:

Just read this fantastic blog post regarding Work Experience. This is very relevant to my recent post and feel it offers fantastic information and advice! Check it out!!

Originally posted on BANGKOK.RAGE:

After researching and browsing through numerous websites on job recruiters. companies looking for employees and work experience, I finally found three that I was really interested in.

Ranging from, fashion styling- graphics. I found amazing work experience opportunities that I thought would be a good goal for me in order to further build up my repertoire before joining the industry seriously. I found that several successful applicants for this amazing opportunity to have gone far and are now comfortable and well knowledgeable in the field.

They’ve also mentioned that the work experience helped them to focus and find what they really want to do in the industry and where their skills really lied on the job they were in.

Moreover, the work experience description page also mentions that if the reader was interested to send their CV to them and to have written an almost cover like letter limiting to…

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Looking for Work Experience this summer?

 

Leading on from my previous post discussing whether work experience is more beneficial than a degree, I thought it would be best to discuss work experience in full.

Work experience, like I said can be very hard to achieve as there are so many people out there who are looking for the same thing. There are people who are willing just to have one day’s experience, just so they have something on their CV, but it really shouldn’t be like this.

Work experience and Internships are fantastic tools to get your foot in the door and to offer you some valuable experience in the relevant industry.

Even if you don’t end up working in the exact industry you completed your work experience in, it opens up your mind to the world of work and helps you make the adjustment from education to working life.

The biggest question is how do you go about applying for these work experience openings or Internships?

Working in HR I receive thousands of emails and requests for work experience from students who are desperate to achieve relevant experience in the summer months. It is heart breaking to think that there are hundreds of applicants to maybe one or two openings.

However don’t be disheartened. Many companies don’t have an official work experience or internship programme and will take students as and when business needs allow them too. This is fantastic for applicants, as if you make a big impression you are likely to get noticed and have an opportunity to get in!

Different industries go about things differently, and having experience in both corporate and media it is interesting to see the difference.

Big corporate companies, like banks will have a structured process, as they receive so many applications that they need to have a vetting process to narrow it down…this is understandable. This process may include telephone interviews, face to face interviews and tests. These are very hard to get through as like I said you will be competing with a lot of people. Its just the nature of that particular industry!

Other companies, such as the media industry are a bit more relaxed, you can approach people directly and you may be able to get in that way just by making a big impression with your CV. I remember a student sending in an interactive CV via a USB, it was so imaginative and caught so many people’s attention that he landed himself an internship. This turned into a full time role! So it is possible!

The first thing to realise is that your CV needs to stand out, no matter what industry you are applying to. Make sure it is clear and precise. All your experience should be in detail, really apply it and make it relevant to the role you are applying for. Even though it is a work experience position, you need to spend time on it like you would a full time role. If you do not have any work experience make sure your education can show your skills, such as team work, punctuality, work ethic and attitude etc.

Work experience may lead to more opportunities in the future or even a full time position, so it is very important to make a lasting impression!

Pay full attention to everything you are taught. I know you may sometimes be given dull t be disheartened, embrace it and turn it into valuable experience, try asking relevant questions to the paperwork you may be filing or scanning. Constantly show an interest!!

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For the managers and HR professionals out there…There is nothing worse than an unorganised work experience programme, for the student and company to get the most out of their time, things need to be organised and structured. I think it is best to allocate the student a manager or buddy so they have someone to go to when they have questions. Having a schedule too will ensure that the student is always busy and learning new skills, this may involve rotating around different teams and departments so they get a real feel for the company as a whole, and the company also benefits massively! I also think it is important for the student to receive feedback at the end of their work experience or internship so they know how they did and the areas they should look to improve on when they go on to their next role.

databook_1The student should also have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience, as companies can always grow and improve their programmes.

You are not always going to be lucky to get a fully organised scheme, but make the most of being accepted onto a scheme, and try and ask as many questions as possible so you learn everything you can.

There are quite a few places to look online when searching for work experiences or internships.

My advice would be the company’s website and contact them directly, or apply directly to their scheme. This is the quickest way to get through to the HR/Recruitment department.

I would also say use who you know! I know this can be frustrating for people who haven’t got connections in the industry they are interested in, but if you know anyone, approach them and ask them if they can put you in touch with someone who could organise your work experience. Make the most of your contacts!!

There are also websites out there which specialise in advertising these schemes. Some of which you can find below.

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/work_experience.htm

http://targetjobs.co.uk/work-experience

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/getajob/workexperience/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.ipa.co.uk/Page/Work-Experience-2#.UyG8Dvl_vHk

http://www.work-experience.org/

Is work experience more important than a degree?

This has been an ongoing debate for years!

Years ago University wasn’t achievable for some people, as it was too expensive. This mean’t only a handful of people achieved degrees.

The apprenticeship was very popular, people went to work at the local business and worked their way up.

Degrees then became the thing to have if you wanted to get that city job and earn more money, and everyone went to University.

You can now get degrees in so many subjects, it has something for everyone!

However, it has taken another turn, with degrees costing nearly £9000 a year, people are starting to look at other options.

Companies are now starting to invest in Apprenticeship schemes and Work Experience to help students get through the door and gain that valuable experience they need.

This is when the argument surfaces, is experience better than a degree?

I feel the argument can go round and round in circles, and can be argued from different points of view.

In my experience a degree gets you through the door for your first job. However as you move on throughout your career the focus becomes on your experience and less on your degree.

On the other side, so many people now have degrees that no one really stands out any more. They can be short listed depending on what University they went to, and what grade they achieved, but this means employers have to look further into the candidates CV, which involves looking at their experience.

This then causes the other problem, that work experience is very hard to achieve, as so many students are looking to add relevant experience to their CV.

In the future I think we will see more companies investing in work experience, Internships and Apprenticeship Schemes. This also means companies will be able to train students the way they want, so they work best for them.

What do you think? Do you think experience is better than a degree?

Key websites for work experience and internship opportunities:

http://www.theinterngroup.com/london/

http://www.e4s.co.uk/docs/internships.htm

http://www.internshipinlondon.com/

http://features.thesundaytimes.co.uk/public/best100companies/live/template this is a great website to use when applying to companies directly.

Relevant article: http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0511/work-experience-vs.-education-which-lands-you-the-best-job.aspx

Reematch – The new International Job Searching Platform

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I haven’t written a post specifically focused on one website or company, however I have come across a fantastic new international platform that you need to know about!

My friends Chris Rivera and Johnpaul Elias over at Reematch have created a brand new site that works with your LinkedIn profile and completes in depth searches relevant to your experience and skills and provides a list of all the jobs perfect for you!

The process is so simple that there is no excuse not to use it!

Once on the website, all you need to do is click on ‘Review your job matches’ and log in using your LinkedIn details. Within seconds you have a list of all relevant jobs perfect for you!

The job database is in partnership with Indeed.com, so you are guaranteed the best possible job matches.

The jobs are listed providing the Job Title, Company and Location these are sorted by relevancy scores depending on your profile.

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Clicking on each job provides you an in depth job description, also allowing you to apply directly from the page. This redirects you to the job advert on Indeed.com where you can complete your application.

Reematch also allows you to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ the job recommendation in the form of a heart and a thumbs down icon. This is an adaptive learning engine. This is a fantastic function which allows you to inform Reematch what roles you do not like and which ones you would like to see more of, so future searches are tailored to your needs even more than before.so allowing you to apply directlfrom the page. This redirects you to the job advert on Indeed.com where you can complete your application.

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Obviously nowadays everything is on social media and mobile, so keeping up with this, Reematch have produced a Facebook App, and are about to release an Andriod and IOS App. These are fantastic functions as you can search for your relevant roles while on the go!

Watch out as Reematch is going to be the next biggest contender in the job searching market!

Facebook app link: apps.Facebook.com/reematch
Rematch home page link: www.reematch.com
Chrome store link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/reematch