The digital age has given us a lot of great ways to communicate. Despite this there aren’t enough people using digital resumes to boost their job potential. Some people still send their resume by snail-mail and others just send a digital copy of it in an email. However, there are a lot more ways in which you can spice up your CV using a digital resume or adding things relevant to the digital age. Here is a little list of things you can do to improve the quality and general look of your CV in a matter of hours.
Instead of doing the good old CV where you write your name on the top, a short summary and start listing experiences, use the technologies available and create a stunning and appealing resume that will really stand out. Looks matter in business; therefore you should try and make a CV that is easy to follow with graphs, images and all the relevant information.
Almost every modern employer will look up a potential employee online, starting with Facebook. So instead of worrying what they might find, control what they can see. Make a small image presentation on Facebook and link it to your digital resume. This way you show the employer that you are up to date with the latest recruitment methods, you have prepared your CV properly and you know what they are looking after. It also avoids your employer seeing pictures, posts and comments that might lessen your chance of getting the job.
Personalize your resume
Make sure that you use the latest possible graphics and personalize your resume. You can do this by using an online resume builder. Use an important aspect of your life or your accomplishments as a binding factor to convey information. Some people have used a silhouette of their head and filled it with their life accomplishments. Make sure that it reflects your best qualities and doesn’t get too confusing for the employer. Use subtle colors if you decide to personalize it, bright pink never goes down well with a serious employer (unless you want a job at the Barbie factory).
Get online certificates
A lot of websites offer certificates, tests and courses in subjects that might be relevant to the position you are applying for. Find the most credible test and make sure you ace it, or at least get the certificate. You can then link your digital resume to your certificate and prove that you have gone above and beyond, expanded your knowledge and prepared yourself for this type of employment.
This might only work in some occupations, but freelancing will boost your CV. Not only does it give you more work experience and a bigger portfolio; it shows that you can work as an independent contractor and take responsibility for your work. A lot of employers appreciate people who have worked in their industry as freelancers as they can usually bring a fresh set of eyes to the company. If you have created any substantial work online, make sure you link it in your digital resume to show your skills.
Article contributed by London based print specialists, Print Express.