2017 is fast approaching, so you may be thinking New Year, new career?
If you want to give your job search the edge, you need more than an up to date CV! But is LinkedIn gaining ground over the traditional CV?
Where to start?
With 467 million members worldwide at the last count, LinkedIn is a great way to connect and be found, and many recruiters search LinkedIn to find relevant candidates.
The average CV is a record of achievement, so it’s very often a static, backward-looking document. Until you’re actively hunting for jobs, most people put a CV to one side and forget about it. A LinkedIn profile is different, it’s an active document that can be regularly revised as we add status updates, receive and provide recommendations and interact with others. There’s no restriction of what you can fit on a page – and from that perspective, it’s much more than a CV alternative.
Get yourself noticed!
If you think of it in terms of recruiters and employers, LinkedIn is a great way to find candidates. LinkedIn is a huge database and by using relevant key words they can quickly find the people they need. Include your own key words to support this, and pick out the highlights from each job that you want to share. On top of that, you can upload videos and documents to showcase your experience even further.
Used properly, LinkedIn can be a very effective way of raising and marketing your profile online. It’s less about a list of what you have done in the past and more focused on letting people know what you can do and how you can help.
That said, a CV is still a must as a career overview and introduction to employers, recruiters or your network, and then many may seek to find out more about you. But remember, it’s not always CV first, LinkedIn second. Quite often you can be found on LinkedIn first – for example by a headhunter – and your CV will be what they ask for if the reader likes what they see. It’s what they want to send to your next prospective employer, not a link to your LinkedIn.
So, the answer is that LinkedIn may be inching in front, but CVs are still very much in the running! HRRevolution recommend that your CV and LinkedIn are used as part of an integrated job seeking strategy, providing much more flexibility in the way you present yourself.
Get the right balance between your CV and your LinkedIn profile, and you may not have to refresh your CV for years. If you’re asking yourself ‘where do I start?’, contact the HRRevolution Team, or check out our website for how we can help. A small investment can give you all the tools you need to get you the interviews you want and the next step in your career!
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