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ConnectCV is a free resource for creating and sharing your CV. You can track your progress with applications, using a diary tool to make sure you don’t miss deadlines, or check the latest careers news. Members are able to create CVs using online profiles, uploading multiple CVs to suit different career paths. What’s more, it’s all free to use, making it a useful tool for keeping organised during the job application process.
Signing up is very quick, requiring minimal detail. After that, you can get to the task of creating your CV. There are no CV writing professionals, so it’s all left up to you. However, the site provides quite a lot of useful information, such as examples of CVs for a range of job types, so you can contrast and compare.
Creating your CV is very simple if you already have online profiles, such as those created on LinkedIn. Alternatively, you can upload the information from an MS Word document, or create an entirely new CV using the builder. With the pre-fill LinkedIn option, your relevant information is extracted from your profile and inserted into a template. From there you can edit it as you prefer, storing your final CV online.
If you have already written a CV using Word, you can perform a similar auto-fill as seen with the LinkedIn option described above. The system essentially takes some of the hassle out of copying and pasting between documents, allowing you to more easily alter the templates to suit your needs.
If you have no current CV, or no CV you’re happy with, you can create a new one using the site’s CV builder. This is pretty easy to use and shouldn’t cause many issues, even for people who are new to writing a CV. It takes you through various stages to help you build a professional looking CV, which you simple have to provide the data for.
Once your CV is created, you can then get to the business of looking for work. ConnectCV.com provides free resources such as news feeds and alerts, so you can keep up to date on recent employment opportunities. These include articles and news bites. Finding the work is a little more complex as you’ll probably have to visit job sites and share your ConnectCV documents with potential employers. However, employers do visit this site and can find your documents through performing a search.
A benefit of using Connect CV over other services is that it provides a useful dashboard for keeping track of your job hunting activities. For example, there is a diary where you can record submission deadlines and upcoming interviews. You can also create portfolios for employers to view, save multiple CVs for different applications, and keep track of which jobs you’ve applied for. This is useful in quickly spotting what’s due and which employers you’ve already applied with.
ConnectCV will be useful to job seekers because it has some handy, easy-use tracking tools. However, it’s not quite so necessary if you’re looking for extensive support writing your CV, because its CV-writing tools are all automated. There are no professional writers on standby to help. As such, it’s best suited to people who are fairly happy with their CV (or don’t mind editing it themselves) and wish to improve their job application organisation.
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