So after making the decision to apply for jobs external to Asda, the company I’ve been working for since leaving uni, I realised I would have to re-write my CV.
When applying for jobs within Asda, you just need to fill in the standard internal application form, no need to write about who I am as a person, what I do in my spare time or what skills I’ll bring to the role.
I managed to find my old CV saved deep within the confines of a folder on my laptop and opened it up to take a look. I have to say, I don’t think I would’ve given myself a job with the CV I saw. At the very least it’s in need of a quick spruce up.
I sat down to start updating my CV and selling myself like only Del Boy Trotter could. As I did, I started to think about the amount of CV’s that must be sent to businesses on a daily basis. How do they choose between a good candidate and a bad one. Basically all CV’s are the same, education, work experience and of course the obligatory ‘socializing’ in the what I like to do outside of work section!
I sat back and thought how can I make myself stand out from the rest. As my passion is for Social Media and Communications, surely I could come up with an idea which would encompass both those areas and create something a bit different. After looking around Google (other search pages are available) I realised that nobody, although I could be wrong, had put their CV details on Twitter. People had created CV documents which looked like Twitter, but had never actually done it on Twitter.
I decided to take the risk and post my CV points on Twitter, I also contacted a few people I’ve met through Twitter and asked them to be my Social Media referees.
You can see the Twitter page here http://twitter.com/#!/s_murgatroyd and as an added extra, when I send the CV out I send it on a word document with just the web link in the middle of the page! I’d love to hear what people think about it. Good idea or just rubbish?
Obviously, I’m not basing the whole of my job search on a blank piece of paper with a web link. I’ve started work on a more formal CV and also plan to use this blog as way to promote myself and highlight some of the projects of completed over the last few years.
It would be great to get some feedback from people on anything they’ve done in the past while job hunting, which they’ve found useful or what they think to anything I’ve done so far.