New year, new job?

20 December 2010
“Innovative”, “motivated” and “extensive experience” are the words most frequently used on LinkedIn profiles, according to an analysis of 85 million of them. These words might be popular, but that may be no bad thing, says recruitment firm Purcon. Senior consultant Peter Panayotou did, however, suggest candidates avoid using clichéd expressions and words – although he admitted employers expect them. The company said this week that using “alternative” CVs when applying for procurement jobs can be a double-edged sword. Similarly, CV consultancy The Write Stuff said trying to stand out from the crowd with a video or website CV is a risky strategy, because while it may be original, it could also be viewed as off the wall. Commenting on that, Panayotou said: “The problem with doing things like video CVs and websites is that they’re awkward. They’re awkward to deal with and they’re awkward to process, because they don’t fall into the same format as everything else.” Something to mull over if you’re planning to brush up your CV this Christmas with “new year, new job” in mind. * Go to Supply Management’s jobsite to take a look at the latest opportunities available.
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