Getting the most from your iProfile
The opinion of the recruiters, who let’s not forget are the people who will ultimately be deciding if you get a job or not, is that the iProfile is the future. It seems pretty obvious then that you should be getting yours sorted as soon as possible. Fortunately, not only is it free to create an iProfile, it’s also simple and gives you the sort of instant control over your CV that you could only dream of with the older models. Although you’ll be very pleasantly surprised about how an iProfile can enhance your career prospects it’s worth spending a few minutes to make sure you are getting the most out of your iProfile so that it is as effective as possible for you.
First create your iProfile...
It may sound obvious but there’s not much point looking at how to make the most of the functionality of your online CV unless you have one. Fortunately, the process of creating your iProfile couldn’t be easier. You can upload your current CV in less than a minute and then it’s simply a matter of editing your information to make sure that your iProfile is presented in exactly the way you wanted it.
Invest 5 minutes to review the information in your iProfile
Your iProfile is for life, we recommend you spend some time checking we imported your CV correctly. We have developed sophisticated technology to read the information from your CV and import into the standard iProfile. Although we have spent the last 9 years perfecting this technology, it will still be 85-90% accurate, as it generally requires some change to your layout. There are hundreds of thousands of different ways people write up their CV and we work to cater for many different templates and exceptions. In case we have not got yours 100% right, it is worth investing some time to review and edit your CV. You will only need to do it once, then you have an iProfile for life.
Job Requirements on the Job Preferences section
The Job Requirements section can be found under the Job Preferences tab. This allows you to write a short statement communicating what sort of role you are looking for. You can talk here about what skills you would like to develop or even if you want to change locations in your next role. This is an ideal place to mention if you are looking to switch industries and what preparations you’ve made to make this change (whether it’s getting relevant qualifications, work experience, etc) and why you’re looking to make the change.
Setting the Job-Seeking Status
When a recruiter searches through a series of iProfiles they can order their results by a candidate’s job-seeking status. This means they can select only candidates who are seriously looking for jobs or those who are open to opportunities. It also means if you do not wish to be contacted about jobs then you can specify yourself as not currently looking, meaning you won’t get contacted about positions. Setting your status gives you control over how proactive you want to be about your job search.
Pick and choose who gets your iProfile
With the old CVs it was often a case of just throwing it somewhere on the web and hoping the right employer would pick it up. Because of the sensitive information that our CVs contain this meant looking for a job often meant opening yourself up to the dangers of identity fraud. Fortunately, not only can your iProfile protect you against identity theft by allowing you to restrict what information is visible to people browsing your iProfile but you can also target which employers are able to see your iProfile in the first place, which makes it more likely that the right job will find you without you having to do a thing.
Put your attachments on
Your iProfile allows you to attach different forms of documentation to your CV from qualification certificates to work permits. So, rather than having to admit to an employer that you’ve lost the paper copies of your degree certificates, or search through boxes of papers in the loft, you can now present a clean copy of your documentation whenever you want. Not only does this give a more professional appearance but it takes away another level of stress from the job search and makes the recruitment process much quicker. This service will be available shortly.
Keep it up-to-date, even when you’re not looking for a job
Most of us compile a new CV when we’re sick and tired of our job and decide to make a fresh start. That means that you have to go through the hassle of re-writing your CV and remembering exactly what it is that you’ve been doing for the last decade. To get the most out of your iProfile you should keep it up-to-date, even when you’re not currently looking for work. This way you can use your iProfile as an ongoing record of achievement which should also come in useful when you’re making a case for a pay rise, looking for promotion or simply when you decide to look for your next job.
You don’t just have to have one
Because creating an iProfile is so easy, it makes it all the more possible to create a range of them which are tailored for different roles that you could be interested in. It could be that you want to look for work in two completely different areas and by selecting relevant transferable skills from your experience then it can be possible to construct different iProfiles for quite varied occupations.
Different ways of delivering it
The versatility of your iProfile means that it can be delivered to a recruiter in a number of different ways. Not only can you print your iProfile off, if you are required to send a hard copy but you can also send recruiters a URL linking directly to your iProfile. The other option available to you is to send it as a PDF file. This choice means that there are no more problems about recruiters not being able to open your CV, or finding out that it’s formatted differently if they use a Mac and you use a PC. This service will be available shortly.