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What’s the difference between Job Boards and Social Networks in promoting yourself?

While building your profile on Social Networks it’s worth remembering why companies and recruiters pay to access Job Boards and how to interact with them.


This time let’s stay focused on the Recruiters’ and Executive Search Firms’ view of the world.


Most Recruiters that are advertising on job boards are also running searches on the database. Initial searches can return tens or hundreds of results. Therefore, they have to work through the list fairly ruthlessly. On a full function job board system, the Recruiter is looking at the job board through a portal especially designed for them that allows them to move through the CVs rapidly. Alternatively the job board may be interfaced to their internal system and CVs can be mixed in with many others.


So the first thing you need to do is to ensure that your CV will be in the long list the recruiter will be looking at. You need to fill out, as thoroughly as possible, your profile and keywords when setting up your profile on the job boards. There is not really any point doing this without loading up a proper CV as well. While the Recruiter may pick up your profile through keywords in the database search and get to your profile, if he/she has twenty people to sort through he is unlikely to take time to call a person with a missing CV. Also, not all systems can search PDF documents, so it is wise to have your CV in WORD format. PDFs look great, but if you are not found,it becomes very academic!


Having said that it is important not to put words in your CV that exaggerate your skills, or regions you do not have approval to work in. If the recruiters see your name appearing in every search they will assume there is an issue and blacklist you in the system.


In terms of what the perfect CV looks like, we are not pretending to be experts. But whatever approach you take, it is important to remember that the Recruiter needs to see what Job Titles you have had, companies you have worked for and for how long, and what your key achievements have been with a one-minute scan.


Hopefully at this point the Recruiter has found your profile, scanned your CV, and is now looking to make contact. You should therefore take care to have your current phone number and email addresses.


Going full circle back to Social Networks: for the shortlisted CVs, the Recruiter will probably now look at the profiles on Social Networks to help validate that they are real. Examples of what they look at include: participation in relevant discussions, blogging, relevant contact or recommendations. So it is worthwhile to have a link from your CV to your professional profile, such as telcoprofessionals.com.


Of course job boards also allow you to drive the process. So it is important setting up standing searches that email you when jobs that match your search criteria come through, or RSS feeds for the same purpose. If you have put the ground work into setting up you profile and CV, your application process is therefore only a couple of clicks for jobs that are relevant. Within the CareersXO job board network you can also setup multiple CV profiles which can give you a ready to go option to slant your background to suit different positions.