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How you can give prospective employers ways to connect on your CV
You might have spent hours customising your CV and covering letter but none of that makes a difference unless prospective employers can get hold of you! Whilst one time, companies would write to candidates and offer them an interview, nowadays a phone call or email is far more likely.
Provide a phone number you can answer
This CV template has plenty of space for multiple contact details, so make sure you provide a contact number that you can actually answer and ensure any voicemail message is professional. Don’t give a landline unless you’re actually home to take the call – an employer really doesn’t want to speak to your mum and leave a message for a next-day callback.
Make a new email address for your CV
Consider making a new gmail address for job applications rather than using an existing one, for a number of reasons. Firstly, you can choose an address that sounds professional, rather than firstname.lastname@example.org. Secondly, you can set up a forwarder from gmail to your current email address so you get instant notifications if an email lands in the new box (but do check it from time to time in case the notification goes to spam). Thirdly, any emails won’t get lost in amongst your Top Shop offers and Pizza Express coupons – so you’re less likely to make the mistake of missing out on that all-important communication. Finally, you can set up a custom email signature just to use for emails to prospective employers, adding a whole heap of professionalism.
Use Twitter and LinkedIn to your advantage
You might also like to add your LinkedIn and Twitter handles to the contact box, but only if these make a good impression. LinkedIn and Twitter is a seriously powerful way to show a prospective employer that you’re actively involved in your field of expertise and you’re staying up-to-date with the latest industry news. If you’ve not yet set up your accounts or you haven’t been active for a while, it’s worth doing prior to a major job hunt. Spend some time each day looking over the latest stories for your industry, retweeting, sharing and commenting to involve yourself with the community. It’s also worth updating your LinkedIn profile with detailed information as there’s room for a lot more than you can fit on 2 pages of a CV. Finally, LinkedIn is an amazing tool for finding new opportunities – 98% of recruiters and 85% of hiring managers use LinkedIn to find qualified candidates for open positions. Watch this quick tutorial from Heather Austin which explains how you can use LinkedIn to find a job:
Heather also offers a free 5 day LinkedIn mini course and workbook.
Be ready for prospective employer sleuthing
If you don’t include Twitter and LinkedIn on your CV, remember that your prospective employer may check out your profile anyway. Whilst it’s not usually fatal to a job application that you’re not an avid user of these sites, it can be fatal if there are posts that reflect poorly on you. Carefully curate your profiles of these and any other social media sites you have used in the past to ensure there is nothing that might harm your chances of being awarded the position. Hint: photos of you getting trollied with your mates every weekend tell your employer you’ll be frequently hungover – or ‘sick’ – on a Monday. Employers DO make hiring decisions based on pictures like these so take care to make such images private.
Consider mentioning your website on your CV
What about your personal website – should you include a link to this? Again, this really depends whether the site paints a positive picture or not. If you’re updating it regularly with comments and posts about industry related news, it’s likely to leave a good impression with an employer – but if it’s old, stagnant and in need of a refresh, it’s best to leave it off. Again, having a personal website is a really powerful tool when it comes to job hunting as it gives you the opportunity to showcase your skills and tell the employer a lot more about you than you could otherwise include in a short CV document.
In short, successful job hunters:
- provide multiple contact points on their CV where they can be reached;
- use Twitter to show industry integration, knowledge and participation;
- use LinkedIn to expand on their CV and show industry integration, knowledge and participation;
- have employer-ready social profiles; and
- use their website to further showcase their skills and abilities.
Happy job hunting!