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Impress Employers With Your Slideshare CV

Have you heard of Slideshare?

It’s a great platform to share your skills, experience and creating a presentation on why you’re the best for the job. However, you need to create a presentation that shows you in the best light and highlights all the important factors for a job. So, here are some tips on branding yourself so you land a job with your Slideshare presentation.

Create a Compelling First Page

Your first page wants to be all about you—your details and who you are. There’s no need for a lot of information. A picture of you,  your name and contact information are more than enough. The trick to Slideshare—and any presentation for that matter—is to keep the information on a page to a minimum.

Include a Timeline of Your Experience

CVs are usually in chronological order and you can do that with a timeline through Slideshare. Think about the positions you have held, the skills you have gained and when you moved between jobs. Let the job titles and years stand out more than the places you have worked.

After the timeline, you can go into more detail about the different roles you’ve had; your accomplishments and reasons for going into each role.

Add Photos to Keep People Interested

Photos are a great way to draw people in. Make sure they’re connected to the information you’re sharing. For example, if you’re an innovator, a picture of Steve Jobs could help draw the attention of the viewer to that.

Add Links to Your Blog, Samples, Etc.

Slideshare allows you to add links to other web pages. If you have samples that you want to share, a blog that you’ve written about your subject or even a website of you own, link to them. Avoid doing it too much. Choose relevant points in your content or add a bit at the end with it.

Link to LinkedIn

One of the best things about Slideshare is that you can link it to your LinkedIn page. Instead of having a long written CV on your profile, you could use the Sideshare to give your page more chance. You can also share it on Twitter, Facebook and via email. You never know who is looking or who knows the right person.

When used well, Slideshare can really help you land a job. Share your CV in a new way.

Alex James

Community assistant at Jobhop

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How To Market Yourself Effectively In The Job Hunt

When you apply for a job, think of yourself as a commodity. How are you going to sell yourself in such a way, that employers will jump at the opportunity of hiring you?

Here are some top tips from   Graduate Recruitment Bureau

The Graduate Recruitment Bureau  on

“How to market yourself effectively in the job hunt”

1. CV Keywords:

If a job advertisement states, “we are looking for a driven, analytical and conscientious graduate…” include these skills in your CV. Employers will want to find an applicant that matches what they are looking for. They will use electronic scanners to check for their keywords to rank applications, so include their keywords and your CV will be ranked highly.

2. 30 seconds: 

Employers tend to only look at your CV for about 30 seconds, so you are going to have to make sure your resume stands out. Write a punchy summary at the top of your CV, stating your skills and what you could bring to the company. Try to use bullet points when listing academic grades and skills, as it makes the reader’s job easier and makes your application more memorable.

3. Social media profiles:

Before even looking at your application, employers will look you up on social media sites. Because of the recent surge of digital marketing, use this to your advantage and build up your presence on social media. Start a blog to showcase your writing skills, set up a LinkedIn profile and connect with business professionals and get your name out there. However, make sure to use social media wisely. Employers will most likely look you up on Facebook and Twitter too, so make sure there is nothing on there that would be deemed controversial or inappropriate.

4. Work experience:

Employers want to see you are equipped with an understanding of the working world, so take on as much work experience as you can. This will help you develop your team work and communication skills that are vital for the work environment, but will also enable you to make great contacts and help you stand out. Voluntary work will impress an employer too.

5. Job interview preparation:

The job interview is the most important stage of the application process. This is your time to show you are the candidate they have been looking for, so make sure you come prepared. Arrive to the interview having researched the company and with questions you want to ask them. It will impress the employer if you bring this up there recent achievements and news as it will show you have taken the time to research the company and made an effort to make a good impression.

This article was written by Yasmin Codron, Online Researcher and Marketing Assistant for The Graduate Recruitment Bureau. Her work involves writing informative advice based articles to support graduates and students.

Yasmin Codron The Graduate Recruitment Ber

Building Relationships Can Get You A Job

Relationships help get you a job

 

 

Is it about who you know when looking for a job? In a nutshell yes, it’s about building relationships.

65% of jobs are filled by recommendations so it definitely pays to make relationships. 

Job seeking doesn’t have to be continuously waiting for the next new job to appear on the job board or in the classifieds

Just think about it for a while

How much time do you dedicate to ringing up job vacancies?

How much time do you dedicate to posting off your CV?

How much time do you invest in making relationships?

What’s amazing is that not much time is dedicated to the last one at all and the reason usually given is that it doesn’t leave much time to Job hunt!

It’s time to have a relationship building strategy in place and it could be something like this:

  1. Connect with 3 new people a week on Twitter. Make sure these people will be in the industry that you want to break into.
  2. Go to one network a week. It doesn’t just have to be a business network it could be the P.T.A, a ramblers network, a book club network or a charity network. All these new people you start chatting with all know other people.
  3. Go and volunteer one day a week at the local dogs home, hospital, riding stables, community radio station, community TV stations
  4. Learn something new This is great because you’re learning a new skill plus networking and building relationships with everyone on the course.

You can also try reconnecting. Remember that boss from many years ago, what’s he/she up to now? For all you know he/she has moved to another company and they’re looking to fill a position with somebody just like yourself.

Remember all your colleagues that you use to work with also, what are they up to?

How about the people you use to go to school with, what sort of careers did they get to do? Is there something which aligns with what you want to do?

You know that if you were working in an organisation who were looking for someone just like the person you play badminton with, would you keep it to yourself? No! and that’s why building relationships work and that’s why most jobs are never advertised.

It’s about who you know.. it always has been and always will be 

Julie Bishop  Founder of JobHop

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How Can Twitter Help In The Job Search

Twitter can help you get a job

What do you use Twitter for?

Perhaps you follow celebrities, chat with friends, or you use it to receive News before anyone else does.

What about using Twitter to get a job?

Twitter can be a valuable tool, listing jobs in real time, giving you a head start over your competition.

I’m assuming you have an account if you haven’t I would suggest you open one today http://www.twitter.com

If you’re opening a Twitter account purely for your job hunt then have a Twitter handle that describes you & what you do..ie @MarketingMary @BankerBill @ITLisa @geeksue

Check your profile picture, does it look professional?  If it isn’t then it needs to be and don’t think you can get away with an avatar, that’s a definite no no, it has to be of you. There’s nothing worse than trying to have a conversation with someone who’s profile picture is of an egg, would you feel comfortable talking to an employer who’s profile picture was an egg? it doesn’t really scream professional, does it Read pimp up your profile for tips

There’s much more you can do now with Twitter backgrounds to really brand yourself. If you’re a dab hand at photo shop then design away. If not then if you go into settings > then design and from here you can change your header and your background

Make sure you have a good Bio with good keywords and include a link back to your professional online profile ( on jobhop!) where an employer can find out more about you

Start building a good network of people around you and let your Twitter friends know that you’re looking for a job, get them to look out for openings for you. Ask them to RT for you ( RT = retweet where someone will tweet your message for you ), remember it’s a conversation, be engaged, build relationships, do not spam. Find out who’s tweeting from the companies you’d like to work for, get connected, when a vacancy arises they’ll think of you.

Make some Twitter “lists” ie people/companies you’d like to work for, Recruitment people, Headhunters, job tweeters and then start to follow some #tags (#tags are groupings on Twitter, they’re used to mark topics in a tweet)

The main #tags to look out for are #jobs #careers #jobsearch #recruiting 

Recently #CV has become popular and now job seekers are using this tag to alert employers to their #CV a lot more

So #CV is a tag that you would create in your Tweet, not one that you would follow..ie

Project manager 8yrs for @MayGurney looking for a position in Construction http:// (link to your online profile ) #CV

Industry conference live streams have their own #tags & even if you’re not attending the conference you can still join in with the conversation and network as if you’re there, a great way to get some valuable contacts.

Check out @Tweetmyjobs  and @twitjobsearch for regular job postings and if you’d like to work for Twitter find out what jobs they have at @jointheflock 

Make sure you tweet about your expertise, include influential people in your tweets and tweet links to your blog posts where potential employers can find out more about your skills/knowledge/craft. Answer questions, doing this will help you become a position of authority, if you don’t know the answers then google them!

Remember to use a few tools to manage and measure like TweetDeck or Hootsuiteand with these all on your phone you can constantly be kept up to date with any job opportunities that arise on Twitter.

Don’t get left behind, get tweeting, your next job could be just a tweet away 

Julie Bishop   Founder of Job Hop  

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