20 12 / 2011
How recruiters read your resumé
Is your resumé failing to get any ‘bites’?
It’s always good to know what people on the other side are thinking. Here’s an article written for recruiters on ‘How Resumés Get Read’. Before submitting your next resumé keep this in mind.
The main thing to remember is that your resumé only gets 30 seconds of a recruiters time. If they like what they see you’ll be given more consideration … is not it’s ‘file 13’ for your resumé.
Curv your resumé
Read the full story on How Resumés get Read.
We’re building phase 2 of curv.me just for recruiters. The first 2,500 recruiters to register their interest will receive a 20% discount on launch. There’s no obligation. Simply register your interest here and we’ll let you know when we launch.
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18 12 / 2011
Christmas and your resumé
Lets be honest, completing a resumé isn’t going to be the most exciting thing you do over the holidays.
BUT, if you’ve been in the job market for a while or are a recent graduate or you’re just contemplating a change in jobs, then the holidays are the perfect time to perfect your resumé.
Curv.me resumés are free and take less than 10 minutes to create. However, if you’re serious about creating a resumé / CV that will assist in getting you the job you want then we suggest taking your time to craft it.
Once you’ve completed your curv.me resumé, analyse each section. Can you make it shorter while adding more punch?
Put yourself in the hiring managers shoes. What do you think other people will think once they’ve read your resumé. Will they understand what your skills are and how your skills will help them?
Do your skills match the position you’re applying for?
Once you’ve analysed your resumé, log out and come back to it after Christmas Day. Do you still think it is the best representation of you and your professional career?
Tweak it again and ask others to critique too. Use the holidays to your advantage and make sure that you’re resumé is as good as it can possibly be by the time January comes around.
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14 12 / 2011
The Twesume (Twitter Resumé)
Twesumés - good or bad?
There’s a post on Mashable that is doing the rounds about Twesumés. That’s right … Twesumé … where Twitter meets the resumé.
When I first saw the headline “How a 140-character Twitter Resumé could land your next job" I was expecting the worst, but I have to say that I agree with the idea of Twesumés.
It forces you to get to the point and say who you are and what you do in 140 characters. Plus you can add a link to your curv.me resumé to give interested employers & recruiters the full story.
If the @curvme Twitter feed is anything to go by, Recruiters are very active on Twitter so why not join them?
If you’re a graduate, a jobseeker or looking to change jobs here’s what we suggest:
- Get a coffee (or your favourite non-alcoholic beverage)
- Create a curv.me CV or Resumé (it’s free and will take about 10 minutes to complete)
- Practice writing your Twesumé (by this stage you’ll have written your Bio in your curv.me resumé so you should already be close)
- Start tweeting your Twesumé (remember to target the right people … don’t spam! and remember to link to your curv.me resumé)
The full Twesume post on Mashable.
We’re building phase 2 for you - coming early 2012. Register your early interest and we’ll notify you when we launch. the first 2,500 to register will receive a 20% discount on launch. There’s no obligation.
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11 12 / 2011
Graduates and the 2012 job market
There are some frightening figures floating around about Graduate recruitment. For example, in 2009, only 19.7% of college graduates were hired directly out of school; down from 26% in 2008 and 51% in 2007 (NACE).
I’d love to see what the 2010 and 2011 figures are and what 2012 holds. Unfortunately the figures will undoubtedly show a bleak outlook.
If you’re a recent graduate fear not. Yes, the process might be more difficult than when your parents went looking for their first jobs but by being proactive and taking initiative and your chances will improve dramatically.
Here’s a great article with ‘3 Proven Keys to Success for Recent Grads’
Like anything in life you have to work hard to get what you want. The same applies to creating an effective resumé.
Get a cup of coffee, turn off your IM/Skype/Twitter/Facebook/RSS feeds and focus on creating a resumé that best represents who you are, the experience that you have and the professional development you’ve undertaken (obviously we recommend using a modern resumé like curv.me).
Once you’ve finished it put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter or hiring manager and try to evaluate your resumé from the point of view of someone who has never met you and who receives hundreds of other resumés each day. Do you stand out? Are people able to understand who you are and what you do in under a minute? If not, go back to the drawing board.
Remember, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Stay positive, stay motivated and never ever give up.
If you’re a recent graduate or are just looking at ways to improve your CV or Resumé you may be interested in Getting the best out of your curv.me resumé.
Job Seekers - Start your free resumé here.
Recruiters - we’re building phase 2 for you. Coming early 2012 - register your early interest for launch specials and early entry invites here.
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08 12 / 2011
Social Media and your resumé or CV
So, you’ve got a few photo’s on Facebook you’re not proud of, there’s a few things you wrote about your previous company (or boss) that make you sound bitter, and a quick scan of your Facebook page gives the impression that you always swear like a pirate.
Your friends may be fans, but future employers won’t look too kindly on it.
Any recruiter or hiring manager worth their salt will find your social media pages before offering you a position. You may not like it but it’s a fact.
If you’re a recent graduate or have been in the job market for a while there are 2 things you should do when it comes to social media and your CV/Resumé:
- Clean up your social presence - make sure that your social media pages give a positive view of who you are. Be yourself, but keep the bad stuff away from prying eyes.
- Be upfront - add your social media links to your CV or resumé. Recruiters will be happy you did and your chances of making shortlists will improve.
Curv.me is a modern way to resumé. Write a bio, add navigation, upload a photo, add a video cv (if you’re good on camera) and link all of your social media pages in one modern and personal online resumé.
We’re building phase 2 for you. Register your interest for early access and 20% launch discounts (restricted to the first 2,500 signups)
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06 12 / 2011
Resumés the concept of scanning and skimming
We all know that job markets are getting squeezed tighter and tighter. The more people looking for a job the more resumés recruiters and hiring managers receive.
In order to wade through the ever increasing flow of resumés recruiters ‘skim’ or ‘scan’ resumés. They’re not always looking for the good resumés when ‘skimming’ but are trying to weed out the bad or unacceptable ones as quickly as possible.
It’s important to get in to their consideration set by ensuring you match your Title to the position you’re applying for and add a powerful positioning statement.
We’ve developed curv.me resumés to help you get through the ‘skimming’ process. The first thing the recruiter sees on a curv.me resumé is your title and what we call a ‘Bio box’ (or an Objective or Positioning Statement if you prefer).
Be sure to use a relevant Title as well as text in your Bio Box that uses action words, the right amount of key words and says what you do and how you’ve succeeded at it in a short sharp paragraph (3 sentences - it’s not easy so take your time).
Once you’ve made it past the ‘skimming’ process your curv.me resumé is easy for recruiters to navigate through and arranged in to bite-sized pieces of information.
We’re building phase 2 just for you, which will be ready early 2012. Register your interest - the first 2,500 recruiters to register their interest will receive a 20% discount when we launch.
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28 11 / 2011
Get the best out of your resumé
Here’s a quick guide to getting the most out of your curv.me resumé:
Not looking for a job? Use curv.me as a professional profile or gateway to your portfolio.
1.Make a cup of coffee, clear your thoughts and be prepared to invest 10 minutes of your time (it’s a small investment for something so important).
2.Sign up at curv.me - the modern way to resumé.
3.Complete your job title/qualification and bio (you can always come back and edit these but make sure your Bio ‘pops’. This is the first thing recruiters will see so it needs to be short but to the point).
4.Upload a background image (if you don’t have a suitable photo of your own choose one one of our free backgrounds - there are 12 to choose from)
5.Complete each Navigation item to ensure your resumé is complete
6.If you really want an edge and you’re comfortable in front of the camera upload your Video Resumé (or portfolio) to either Youtube or Vimeo and add it to your curv profile.
7.Promote yourself and your curv.me link (you will have selected this when you signed up … it will look something like this http://curv.me/shaun-anthony-symm
Phase 1 for jobseekers is live and we’re putting the finishing touches to Phase 2 which is for recruiters. Recruiters, register your interest - the first 2,500 recruiters to register their interest will not only get early access but will also get great discounts at launch.
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27 11 / 2011
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25 11 / 2011
10 reasons to curv your resumé
Note: Recruiters, phase 2 is all about you. That’s all we can say right now … oh, and that the recruitment product in phase 2 will be available by early 2012.
Here are 10 reasons why we think you’ll make Curv.me the destination for your resumé:
1.It’s a more personal Resumé (its visual, its got video, links to social media) so you’ll stand out from the crowd
2.It’s online so you can access it anytime and anywhere
3.Information is arranged in bite sized chunks so recruiters and employers can quickly and easily scan your resumé (yes, they receive thousands of applications all the time meaning they ‘scan’ resumés for key words so they’ll love you for it)
4.Easily add a video to improve your chances of getting shortlisted
5.Add links to your website, blog and social media pages (yes, adding social media links is a good idea. Recruiters will find them anyway so be upfront and show them who you are)
6.It’s easy to use. If you can type and upload images to the internet you’ll be a Curv pro
8.It’s paper, .doc and software free
9.It’s a modern Resumé for a switched on world
10.Use it as a full Resumé or just as an online Bio, it’s your choice.
What are you waiting for? Start curving and developing your personal brand at http://curv.me
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