When you submit your profile -
spell check it first! We often see mistakes that make otherwise qualified candidates look too sloppy to risk employing. Employers never choose someone that can't even spell words in their own profile.
submit your profile, if you copy and paste it from a document like Word, look at it afterwards to make sure it does not publish with rubbish like <?xml:"/> - if it does, remove the fancy formatting or font styles that cause it. Simple plain text is better. Again, employers
never pick a candidate that appears too lazy to check their CV profile looks neat and tidy.
When you submit your profile -
do not include a full CV with all work history - employers are too busy - they quickly scan dozens of
profiles until they spot one that gets straight to the point and tells them what they really need to know - your skills,
and that you are accurate in everything you do - and very, very reliable.
Photograph. A picture
of you can be a big plus - or a minus. Even if you look like
a movie star, you need to choose the right
photo if you want to send the right
message to employers. This is your interview, so
here are some dos and don'ts: Don't make the photo big - smaller is better because large, or close-up, looks
intimidating and egotistical. Don't choose the
picture of you lying on the sofa or beer in hand. Be
dressed at least smart casual. If your picture fails any of these
tests don't use it! Get a friend to take a suitable picture of you. Get it
right and employers will feel comfortable picking you, get it
wrong and they'll stay away.
When pitching for work, be
realistic about your fees. If you think you may be more expensive than other candidates then when you apply for
jobs you should justify what extra you bring to the table for the employer to consider the rate you charge money well spent.
Apply for more jobs. There are
lots of jobs being listed every day - don't be too choosy, to start with keep applying so that you can get
some work history, and good feedback. You just need to get off the mark with good feedback, then the work can start to
would always advise caution about publishing personal
information on the internet. Your profile will be a page that
can be viewed by anyone and the internet is a great source of
useful data for the likes of Fred Fraud so don't publish data which can be used to
profile your full identity such as full name,
your address, names of schools attended, employers names, and your
personal contact details. You don't need to include this
on your profile anyway as legitimate enquiries will be
handled through the web site.
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