Social media can sound like a world apart to old farts like me. Many of us are struggling to get to grips with where technology was a decade ago let alone where it’s reached today. I was interested to read a blog from @naturalgrump yesterday that said this about using technology:
Which lastly brings me onto the presentation and layout of a CV. I actually have little to say about this except the following. We’re in a digital age. Have you considered making your CV online? Creating your very own CV webpage? Consider this. In an age when digital is integral to daily life, why create a CV? What does it say about you that a blog or a webpage can’t say better? With 18.3 million households having access to the internet (source: www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?ID=8), how are you not considering this a way forward?
I have already taken this excellent advice using LinkedIn to do the CV and other stuff. I also have a little website I have started as part of my Operation OASIS. It will be part of my plans if I depart from my current employment without a job.
So I was feeling pretty chipper yesterday morning at maybe being on the front edge of a trend for once. (I was always the kid who was exactly two fashion waves behind everyone else. If a space hopper was the must-have thing, I had a chopper bike.) Then the day got a bit weird.
I caught up with an old colleague in a similar boat to me (via Twitter – obviously) who told me he had just been contacted by a couple of head hunters through LinkedIn. For the avoidance of doubt that’s recruitment head hunters not the other sort. Great news – he’s a brilliant guy – and showed that his disciplined round of refreshing his CV on LinkedIn had worked. He’s really on the front edge of this wave. In fact it was from him I learnt that SEO doesn’t only mean Senior Executive Officer.
After that conversation I was in a pretty good mood. Then, in rapid succession, I was called by two different organisations that had found me through the net. Could I let them have more detail about my knowledge and experience? Let me think about that for a nano-second. The answer would be, ‘yes’.
So today I am taking my stock CV – War and Peace without the cossacks – and creating two bespoke CVs each tailored for the slightly different focus of the organisation concerned. (Yes – I will make sure I don’t email the wrong one!)
I got to yesterday evening in a reflective mood. I wonder if organisations are really helping their soon-to-be-ex-employees get ready for the social media world? There is material in the resources section of this blog but I am sure there’s more good stuff out there. Time to go hunting for it using social media of course.
If you are in the ‘I don’t know anything about all this social media nonsense and don’t think it’s for me’ camp. Have a look at this. When I first saw it, it scared the living daylights out of me. If nothing else it told me that I eschewed social media at my peril.
See what you think. (Copyright restrictions mean you have to follow the link to You Tube – sorry!)