Be your own best salesperson
When entering the job market, one of the key things you need to do is sell yourself. It is a time when you have to think about all of your achievements and skills as well as expectations for your future career. Creating a list of your achievements via a CV is a start, but is by no means the only thing you can or should be doing. To succeed in getting the job that is RIGHT for you, you MUST sell yourself in a way that is suited to your chosen career. The following are a number of suggestions. Even though I have linked each to a particular type of career, they are by no means exclusive.
Firstly, think about what it is you want to go into. There are many different types of avenues you can go down when seeking to sell yourself, but which would best suit you?
If it is graphic design, fashion or marketing you are seeking to go into, why not create a Pinterest board and pin on all of your recent works? If you have no real experience, why not start? Create creative pins to fill up your board and shape it into an online resume with real and live examples of what you can do. This will demonstrate to a potential employer what your tastes are, how creative you can be and what your main interests are.
What about if you want to go into something on a more professional level, say finance, consulting or accountancy. What then? I would advise you create a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn, as we all know, is a great way to connect with professionals in our chosen sector, and thus where better to sell yourself than in front of all of those potential employers? LinkedIn allows you to basically create an online CV, something which is still a favourite amongst the professional industries. However, it also allows you to upload examples of your work, connect with your alumni to get further advice and get your credentials noticed.
Then there is the video CV. The video CV is that perfect tool for those people who want to go into customer service, media or public speaking roles. Video CV’s demonstrate soundly the strengths you need to succeed in such roles – confidence, strong public speaking and charisma. A video CV gives the potential employer a chance to see how you conduct, hold and present yourself, and these are key issues for a company looking to place you in front of their clients. When building a video CV, think long and hard about the values and expectations of the company you are applying to or the job you are applying for.
For those among you who are planning to go into journalism or a written based career keeping a blog is, I believe, crucial. This blog can detail anything – your personal life, your experiences, your views on certain political issues – but it must be written well. By doing this a potential employer can get a feel for how you write and understand what you feel passionate about. It is even worth offering to write a blog or article for a firm you are interested in. What have you got to lose?
As well as all of these alternatives, there is still, of course, the classic CV. Many people argue that the CV is dead or dying. This is simply not true. The CV is brilliant at chronologically detailing your achievements. It is what will generally be talked over or used in an interview. It demonstrates how you write, what your strengths are and the skills you will bring to a new role. It is not about simply finding an alternative to the CV, it is about finding other methods that can accompany the CV. Guaranteed when looking to sell yourself to an employer, it is better done through many avenues rather than just one.