As the Founder and Managing Director of FITREC, I have had a great deal of support from the FITREC First Lady (my wife), Chenille Hosking.
Chenille is an experienced fitness professional and a teacher, but more recently has embarked on a new career in Massage Therapy.
In her recent job application efforts, I noticed she was using her FITREC profile exclusively, rather than a CV, and every application was getting a call back from the employer.
When I asked Chenille why she chose to use her FITREC profile rather than a CV when applying for new opportunities, here is what I learned (in her words);
The biggest reason; It’s easier to send people a link than a document.
Adding a link in an email is a lot easier than updating and attaching a document. I also did not have a current CV, which would require some effort to build and continue updating. This raises another good point…
My FITREC profile is always up to date.
I know that irrespective of any changes made to my profile since I sent someone a link, whenever they visit the link, they’re always going to be looking at my most up-to-date details.
I don’t have to think about what I should include and how to lay it out.
I know that Dennis and his team designed FITREC profiles with recruitment in mind. I simply populate different areas as relevant to me and I know that all the key information an employer would be looking for is readily available.
FITREC profiles look good and I know it will look the same for everyone
No matter when, where, or how my FITREC profile is viewed, I know that it will look professional and provide a great first impression.
… including on mobile devices.
CVs are not mobile-friendly and as most employers are likely to be viewing applications on a mobile, at some point, making it easier for them to view my relevant experience and education on a mobile device is a big win.
I made good use of the ability to add images to my profile.
A few good photos have made a big difference to the look of my profile. Especially in my efforts to be seen as a Massage Therapy professional. This is not something you can do easily on a CV.
Here are some additional thoughts and hacks;
- When linking to my FITREC profile, I still referred to it as a CV. For example, “You can view an outline of my education and experience via my CV at this link.” I was conscious of using language that they would understand.
- I added images of my best testimonials/references to highlight them, as well as including them in the references section on my FITREC profile.
- FITREC profiles are searchable on Google. For example, search “chenille fitrec“
- “CV’s are boring and old!”
Thank you to Chenille for her input.
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