The Benefit of Online CV – Online CV platforms
The fact that our CVs are usually viewed and assessed online is a huge benefit. Depending on your target reader (and client), as well as your field of work, you may want to use some online platforms allowing to present your CV in a different – and perhaps more appealing – way.
The tools I talk about in this section are not all just meant for our CVs, but they may also prove incredibly useful in landing you good jobs.
The Benefit of Online CV
It’s become almost a standard now, and it allows for a whole new level of networking. If you don’t have a profile yet, it’s really worth considering putting one together.
And if you do, you should drop me (Marta Stelmaszak) an invitation with a note that you know me from this ebook. Apart from giving you the ability to add details about your background, LinkedIn also allows you to localise your profile into other languages.
I have both an English and Polish profile. LinkedIn also gives the opportunity to export a profile into a PDF document. Not to mention the fact that you can collect references there.
And if you already are on LinkedIn, you’re just one step from creating a visual CV by importing all your LinkedIn data into this platform. You can play around with a number of options, including colours and shapes. The coolest part of this platform is the languages view which works great for translators. It shows which countries on Earth are covered by the languages you work with.
This platform may be useful for those of us who work in the more creative fields. It uses Twitter and Facebook data to create a mini presentation of your profile. Out of ten screens, one is devoted to showcasing your career.
Apart from a variety of platforms to host our CVs, the benefit of the fact that our CVs are hardly ever printed nowadays is that we can add links to provide further information.
Think of all the things you could provide a link to:
• Your degree or university website
• A description of your qualification
• Your portfolio
• A video you’ve subtitled
• A book you’ve translated
• Other published work
• Your visual recorded CV or a short video introducing you and your business
Have you considered including links to these elements? Making something so easily available encourages the reader to actually click on the link and have a look at what’s on the other end.
I’ve already mentioned linking to video introductions to your business, but you may also consider linking to presentations or publications that are hosted online.
A small icon or a button on your CV will encourage your reader to click. Interpreters may want to include a link to a sample of their voice hosted on Soundcloud, for example. You could also consider adding “action buttons”, e.g. “request a quote” or “email me”.
As much as I am a fan of all these online developments, I’m also aware of the risks and threats we’re exposed to on the web. As a word of caution, you should take care to protect yourself from CV scams and identity theft.
If your CV is publicly available, scammers can take it and send it around, pretending they’re you. I recommend reading this white paper on translator scams and identity theft as well as taking a look at João Roque Dias’s translator scammers directory.
In addition to all preventive measures mentioned on these two links, I would advise specifying on your CV that all emails to you should be sent to and will only be sent from one specific email address, preferably linked to your website. In my case it’s firstname.lastname@example.org.