The purpose of a CV is not to get you the job – but the interview. Then it is up to you to do the rest. Well, social media should be approached in the same way – as an initial way of engaging with relevant people. It can lead to opportunities for you to pursue via other means - phone, email, and ultimately sending your CV and attending an interview.
But how can you get the most out of your social networking?
In my opinion, it is a mixture of being selective in terms of your time and (having been on both sides) being patient rather than pushy.
Major mistakes to avoid
Instead, you should be telling the employer what your relevant expertise is and what your usual/ desired job is.
There are numerous ways of getting yourself seen by the employment decision maker. You can still respond to adverts and apply to agencies, and these methods could result in jobs. However, they are high volume, meaning your application will really need to stand out. Additionally, you can develop your own ways to catch the attention of your desired employer. If you get this right, you will be playing an entirely different game – a game that is played on significantly more attractive terms, from your point of view.
Of course, there is nothing to stop you from doing both.
Graeme Jordan is a CV Writer and Interview Coach who helps candidates at all levels in a range of industries to get interviews and get selected. See more at www.GraemeJordanCV.com
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