Is looking for a new job one of your New Year resolutions? Well, it's going to be a lot harder, according to research.
Well, here we are. It's January, we're back to work and the need for change has hit us hard. Whether that be a wardrobe update, a new fitness routine or new hair cut – we want change and we want it now.
Of course, a lot of us are also having a long hard think about our careers. Maybe it's time to ask for that promotion? Or perhaps it's something simple like finally getting onto maintenance about changing the water filter? Hell, maybe you should just quit your job altogether.
If you're in the latter camp and are tempted by the idea of a career change, you might be interested to know that today, January 7 is the busiest day of the year for new job searches. According to Glassdoor, today is the day that people are likeliest to use its website to look for new positions. The website also reports that it sees 17% more job applications started in January than in any other month of the year.
So what does this mean exactly? Well, obviously, there’s a lot more competition out there in January. It also means that employers will be slower at getting back to you, thanks to the high number of applications. And that you’ll definitely want to give that CV of yours a spruce for the new year. So, with that in mind, we spoke to Anne Kiely, EMEA Lead HR Business Partner for Twitter, to find out more.
"We at Twitter are interested in public conversation. We're also interested in seeing how young people are looking for jobs," she says.
"I've worked in HR now for 20 years and in that time I've seen the default CV morph into many different things, yet still, people feel that the average CV doesn't portray them the way they wish to.
"With this initiative, Twitter is encouraging job seekers to engage in the job-hunting process by using a variety of 280 characters, GIFs, threads or moments."
I wanted to spend a few words about my #OneTweetCV experience. Discovering @TwitterUK and what's behind a company like that. It's been amazing, an awesome place where I met awesome people that showed me a world made of enthusiasm and creativity. Thanks a lot for having me 蘭 https://t.co/6LV1VgJxkI— Lorenzo Suffritti (@_Iaurens_) November 29, 2018
She reveals that the idea started off as a fun opportunity for job seekers to discover new ways in which to market themselves, but soon realised that the undertaking serves of a personal benefit as it shows her the sort of people who would be interested in applying to Twitter.
"When interviewing people for a job, I personally look for a broad range of skills and experiences. Even for those just out of school, if your CV tells me that you were captain of the hockey team or head of debating, I know that you are willing to try new things, work hard and lead a team.
"In the tech world especially, we are always looking for people who are resilient, agile and experienced."
As for women who are looking to get started in the tech world, Anne says not to be intimidated.
"We're so aware of how the world of work – especially in the tech world – is changing so fast. Our MD Sinéad McSweeney was just saying how her job didn't even exist a couple of years ago! For those interested in exploring a career in tech, go for it.
"We need people of all capabilities such as languages and management. It's not a gender-based thing at all, we need people to fill all sorts of roles."
For more examples of virtual CVs, click here.
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