Over the years I’ve helped several PR students to improve their CVs (and portfolios). Some of them have even found jobs, hopefully my advice was a help rather than a hindrance.
Leeds Metropolitan University student Alexandra Pullin has just blogged about "My rubbish CV". She’s already been to LMU’s placement office for advice and says that "2 hours later my CV was covered in pen. Apparently nothing was right and none of my achievements clear… I reckon I now have the makings of a killer CV now."
This started me thinking about blogging PR students, the wider PR community and social media. Mega-blogging PR student Stephen "PR Blogger" Davies has already secured an excellent placement thanks to his blogging exploits.
My crazy(?) idea is that Alexandra could use a free Web 2.0 tool such as Writely to ask for help from the blogging PR community to improve her CV. After all a lot of us are on, or have been on, the receiving end of these things. We’ve a good idea what we like, and what we don’t. Although we probably (certainly!) don’t all agree.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to try a collaborative CV? I wonder if Alexandra wants to try it? Or maybe one of the other blogging PR students. Writely is an online word processor that allows people to collaborate on producing a document. I think it’s probably faster and easier to get to grips with than a wiki. Who knows until we try?
It would be great if Alexandra tried this. And even better if some of the big agency bloggers such as Richard Edelman and Morgan McLintic were to add their thoughts. It’s in all our interests to support the training and development of better PR graduates.
P.S. I know I have lots of American readers and you guys do things differently but your input would probably be useful for Alexandra as well. All you need to know is that a CV is a resume.