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Generally, the job application process is one of three main methods:

Emailing CVs:

  • Many employers have a dedicated search facility on their own websites that allows you to see their current careers or vacancies, and email a CV and a cover letter directly
     

Posting CVs online:

  • Many of the big job websites allow you to register a profile and post your CV online. Employers can then search to find individuals who suit their criteria
     

Online applications:

  • Increasingly, employers are using online application forms that work as precision tools in the recruitment process. In this case, a traditional CV and cover letter are sometimes not required. Instead, every candidate supplies the same information using the online form, allowing the employer to easily compare.


Using the new technology effectively

You can now publicise yourself online very positively and in many different ways, whether this is through the use of Twitter, a well-targeted blog, or your own website. Especially popular is Twitter, where you can express your interest in the sector or roles for which you are applying.

It also shows that you are savvy and up to date with new technology. Employers are increasingly looking for skills in IT and social media, so demonstrating these can really improve your chances of getting an interview. Follow @GradJobsUK_vmg for essential graduate news, vacancies and dates of upcoming job fairs.

LinkedIn

A ‘must have’ for serious professionals is a profile on LinkedIn. This is an excellent way of creating an online profile not so much associated with social networking but geared more towards professional networking. It is also a good way of recreating your CV online and cultivating a network linking you to the people you have worked with, the companies or institutions you have been associated with, and your colleagues, clients and business partners.

It is also a good way of showing interest in relevant groups and organisations, as they will invariably have a presence on LinkedIn that allows you to ‘follow’ them or be a member of a group. All of this allows you to build a useful network of contacts. There is, of course, no substitute for meeting people face to face so make sure you introduce yourself to prospective employers at The National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition.

Pitfalls

Although you are exploiting the new technology to your advantage, conversely employers will harness the internet to check you out. This is where you really need to be careful about how much you share with the outside world. You might create a great CV, but your hard work could be undone via a few easy searches online. Make sure your profiles are completely closed. Any ranting blogs, especially about previous employers, will count against you. This can be a very real issue, considering the many opportunities we have to ‘like’, ‘comment’ and ‘share’.

You will be surprised how much your activities reveal about you. Facebook frequently relaxes privacy settings without informing you so your pictures can be viewed by complete strangers. This is a public domain and employers will utilise it. Be sure to take time to search for yourself online to see what they are likely to find.


For further help or more information on your CV or job search contact The Write Stuff: www.thewritestuff.co.uk or info@thewritestuff.co.uk

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