I have just edited my prezi on writing a CV. Help with CVs is probably one of the most sought after services we offer in Careers & Employability, so I wanted to make my presentation available online. Writing a CV is often a hard thing for people to do, even though I know there are so many step by step guides (my prezi included).
I think what makes it so challenging, is that doing a good CV needs you to know yourself well and then be able to use vocabulary to sell yourself. The CV is a combination of an authentic written confessional mixed with a personal ad. No wonder, many of us hate doing one.
So don’t keep putting if off – just get on with it and update your CV! If you are one of our students and graduates, some and get some help from us in doing this.
Make no mistake, you won’t get a job just because you are on LinkedIn and have a perfectly crafted profile. Your career success will always be much more about the quality of the work you do and also working hard. Some things don’t change in that respect.
However, it makes absolute sense to utilise LinkedIn to help manage your digital identity and to network professionally. You can start this as a student, you don’t have to be in work. And don’t wait to until you are job-hunting to use LinkedIn. To use a metaphor “Don’t wait until you are thirsty to dig a well”.
Here is a link to a prezi which I have recently created on using LinkedIn. It also includes links to 2 different series of films – one created by LinkedIn themselves and one by the University of Leeds Careers Service. I have endeavoured to focus on some essential steps in getting started in setting up your profile, rather than an in-depth approach to using LinkedIn for career research.