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Online competition: tell us what work means to you to win iPads and Amazon vouchers!

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What does having a job mean to you?

We all know that having a job is about more than just the money: there’s a whole world of feelings and interests wrapped up in working life. In JobisJob’s “galaxy of emotions” online competition, you can win fantastic prizes by telling us about your experience of work.

Click here to begin.

Win an iPad!

The top prize for the emotion which receives the most votes in our online competition is an iPad Mini WiFi Electronic tablet. The top five entries will also win a £50 Amazon voucher to spend as they wish.

Entering our online competition

All you need to do to get started in our online competition is follow this link. Here, add the emotion which best describes what having a job means to you. You can make up to a total of ten suggestions that complete the phrase: “(A) job is…”.

…Good luck!

Note: You must be a UK resident over the age of 16 to enter this competition. In order to participate in the competition, you’ll need to give our Facebook page a “like” first. For more information about terms and conditions of entering, see the information provided in the link above.

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Break the job-hunting rules: 5 original job applications

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LinkedIn profiles, infographic CVs…. Handing in your job application is no longer as simple as pen and ink. Having recently written about the most innovative recruiting campaigns, we decided it was time to take a look at the other side of the coin and highlight some of the most original job applications. Proceed with caution.

5 innovative (and funny) job applications

The six-second Vine resumeJournalist Dawn Siff’s six-second resume, created using Twitter’s video application Vine, blew up the social networks with its creative potential. She eventually landed a job working for The Economist Group, and although she primarily puts her success down to “old fashioned networking”, she states that her Vine resume did “impress” her current employers.

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The anti-CV -
 Instead of sending his CV out to the world, Andrew Horner decided to turn the tables and create a website asking companies to send him their offers. After being invited to review his criteria for prospective employers, recruiters are warned that failure to submit a suitable proposal may result in their application being ignored. His efforts lead to a job in a start-up. See also Benedict Le Gauche’s hilariously wry personal statement.

Sing a song - “So pencil in some notes oh you better, this ain’t your cliché cover letter…” sings Alec Biedrzycki “…I’ll convey my qualifications through this acoustic guitar iteration”. And it seems that making a song and dance of things has lead to success: Alec now works for lead marketeers HubSpot, as well as running his own company Innovation-Al.An original resume pact

The marriage threat - Alex and Charli were the creative match made in heaven. But Charli risked being sent back to her homeland if she couldn’t find a job. Their solution? To send wedding invites to NYCs top creative heads threatening to get married if they didn’t hire them. They were eventually taken on as freelancers.

The vanity search For a total of $6, Alec Brownstein sponsored Google Adverts for the names of the directors of some of the top ad agencies. Were they vain enough to Google their own names? You bet they were, and Alec received 4 interviews and two job offers for work in marketing. See also the Creative Ransom for more job application originality and fun with the names of top company directors.

Free online CV checks: do they work?

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Need someone to check over your CV for you, but you’ve already asked everyone in sight and are running out of options? All over the web, agencies are offering free CV checks. Online CV checkers generally operate by analysing the amount of keywords you use in your CV in a similar way to the electronic filtering systems used by recruiters to eliminate dud CVs. But how helpful are they? Time to find out.


Free online CV checks

Rezscore - list_oklist_oklist_oklist_oklist_wrong “This resume needs some improvement before anybody will be wowed.” Harsh words, Rezscore. The best free CV checker we found, accurately recognising my skills set as well as letting me know how in demand those particular talents are. Also told me off for using the first-person voice from time to time. Loses points, however, for suggesting I should work in UI/UX, which is a far cry from my current profession.

Livecareer - list_oklist_wronglist_wronglist_wronglist_wrong Failed to recognise my contact information or CV summary. Also told me my CV contained spelling mistakes, when I’m pretty sure it didn’t (must be a Brit-American thing). Advice given is unspecific (“Re-order your education”; “There are passive verbs in your resume”) and largely unhelpful, as well as, quite frankly, being vaguely snotty-sounding (can you take offence from a machine?). In its favour, this CV checker does provide a useful checklist to make sure you’ve included all the most important headings in your CV.

CV Wordchecker - list_oklist_oklist_wronglist_wronglist_wrong Rates your CV for “Good words” and “Bad words”. I am transported back to my GCSEs with the disheartening comment of “Not good enough. Use more good CV words”. Points are won for “analysed”, “collaborated” and “enforced”, but lost for “etc.”, “always” and first-person pronouns. I can see the logic behind some of the choices (such as “etc.”), but feel that others have been taken too far out of context.

Resunate - list_oklist_oklist_oklist_oklist_wrong Another success. We’d already written about resonate in a previous article, and decided it was time to pay it a little more attention. Resunate compares you CV to a job description of your choice and checks that it contains the keywords that recruiter will be looking for. I get a (not-too-shabby) score of 7.5, with a couple of useful suggestions for things to improve. Loses points for referring to me as “Enelope”.

The free CV checking systems brought the odd ‘i’ or ‘t’ I hadn’t dotted or crossed to my attention, and may well help your CV get past automated machines. In terms of impressing real human beings, however, common sense is clearly a far better guide, and the advice given in online CV checks should be taken with a large pinch of salt.