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Once you’ve registered you can add more background detail about yourself by going to Account and clicking on Professional Details. It’s up to you how much detail you put in but remember, the more detail you add the more complete you can make your gCV. [back to top]
Personal details are bits of general background information. You can enter (and change) your name, user name, email, image, and address. All details remain private until you create and publish a gCV. [back to top]
This section allows you to record some professional information - things that a prospective employer or business contact might want to know. [back to top]
Your profile is a brief headline summary of who you are. Think of it like an elevator pitch: if you found yourself alone in an elevator with your greatest hero of all time, how would you describe yourself in a way that would make that person remember you. Quick now, you’ve only got thirty seconds before you reach your floor! Of course, you may have a number of heroes so we’ll allow you to create a few different profiles. Later, when you come to create a gCV you can choose which of these profiles best suits the audience you are trying to reach. So, for example, you might want to have one profile that’s pitched at your colleagues at work, and another that’s for potential employers. [back to top]
Here you can record your employment history. Put in as many jobs as you like, and remember none of them will be seen by other users unless you publish them in a gCV. [back to top]
Any salary details you record will always remain private. Even GazetMe staff don't have access to this information (they don't have access to any of your data in fact). If you want to take advantage of ourSalary Tracker report, you’ll need to enter some salary details here. We won’t be sharing your salary details with anyone but it will allow us to help you to achieve the best possible deal when you are renegotiating your compensation package. [back to top]
Here you can record your education history. It’s surprising how hard it can become to remember the dates when you started and ended at different schools and colleges. By recording details you’ll always be able to remind yourself. Put in as many establishments as you like, and remember none of them will be seen by other users unless you publish them in a gCV. [back to top]
If you like our free services and appreciate the benefits of being able to record your personal history and to build your business network, why not take advantage of our subscription services. These provide extra functionality described below. [back to top]
Create and publish up to ten gCVs, each tailored for a different audience. So, while you might create one gCV for work colleagues (which would then be published only to that group), you might want to create a different one for a particular job you are pursuing, or a specific business contact. Enhanced gCV allows you to determine exactly who gets to see each gCV: a single individual, selected contacts, or a defined group – it’s up to you.
With enhanced gCV you can tell people a bit about yourself, or a lot about yourself, and you can target your information accordingly. What’s more, with Enhanced gCV you (and anyone you allow to view it) can print off copies in PDF and RTF format. So if you want to tweak the way it’s formatted the data’s all there for you to work on. [back to top]
What's the worst thing about annual appraisals? Yup, filling in those painful HR forms. Well, we may not be able to persuade your boss to drop those just yet, but our Appraisal Report should at least give you the true facts to put before him. Simply select the date range that you want the report to cover, and we'll provide you with a neat summary of all your achievements in that time. That way when you sit down for your annual appraisal meeting you'll have no trouble hammering home what a great asset you are to the business. [back to top]
With our Appraisal Report in hand you should be able to make the case for a raise. But how much are you hoping to get? With our Salary Tracker Report we'll track your salary against a number of indices and give you a target salary that keeps pace. Hopefully you'll be able to do even better than that, but at least we'll try to ensure that you don't fall behind. [back to top]
You've sent your gCV; you've got the interview; help! How are you going to justify all those competencies you've claimed?
Fear not. Our Interview Preparation Report takes the gCV you submitted and presents you with all your background notes and other detail. What's more, we'll even search for the company that's interviewing you and see if we can give a little background on them too (availability depends on your home country). That way you'll be able to take with you a handy crib sheet to study on the train or in the waiting room. You'll be fully briefed! After that, it's up to you. Good luck. [back to top]
Throughout GazetMe you will see that the information you record is marked according to our traffic light system:
- Red – is the default setting for all information you record. It means that no one but you is able to view the data. Use this for information that you want to record for future personal reference, but which you do not wish to share with others (for example, you might not want to tell your contacts about every exam you’ve ever sat, but you might still find it useful to be able to remind yourself when those exams were held and what grade you achieved).
- Amber – means that the information can only be viewed by certain classes of GazetMe users who have access to your gCV. This can be:
- All users in a particular group; or
- All contacts; or
- Named users only
- Green – means that the information can be viewed by all GazetMe users
This page displays information recorded by you. It cannot be viewed by anyone else. From here you can log details of achievements, view endorsements and contacts, and keep track of your overall performance. [back to top]
Create an Achievement log to record information about individual items of work that you have completed either alone or as part of a team. The default date will be the date when the achievement is recorded; however you may wish to record details of achievements completed in the past for which the date can be changed. At the bottom of the New Achievement form is a box for recording tags relating to the achievement. This allows you to apply your own classification system to achievements and it is by using these tags that information is grouped in your gCV. [back to top]
The Skills’ log allows you to record information about skills that you have acquired either in work or elsewhere. Generally, a skill is any repeatable accomplishment that has not been subject to an independent examination. If you’ve taken an exam in relation to your accomplishment, then it is probably a qualification. The default date will be the date when the skill is recorded; however you may wish to record details of skills acquired in the past for which the date can be changed. At the bottom of the New Skill form is a box for recording tags relating to the skill. This allows you to apply your own classification system to skills and it is by using these tags that information is grouped in your gCV. [back to top]
The Qualifications’ log allows you to record information about qualifications that you have acquired either in work or elsewhere. A qualification is any accomplishment that has been subject to an independent examination. Although you may not be able to get your examiner to endorse your qualification, you may be able to ask a tutor or a teacher. The default date will be the date when the qualification is recorded; however you may wish to record details of qualifications acquired in the past for which the date can be changed. At the bottom of the New Qualification form is a box for recording tags relating to the qualification. This allows you to apply your own classification system to qualifications and it is by using these tags that information is grouped in your gCV. If you have entered details of educational establishments you have attended, these can be linked to a relevant qualification. [back to top]
The Publications’ log allows you to keep track of articles or papers that you have written and had published. An article can either be uploaded in Word or PDF format, or you can attach a link to a third party website. The default date will be the date when the publication is recorded; however you may wish to record details of articles written in the past for which the date can be changed. It is not possible to record a date in the future. At the bottom of the New Publication form is a box for recording tags relating to the article. This allows you to apply your own classification system to articles and it is by using these tags that information is grouped in your gCV. You must own the copyright in relation to any material uploaded, or you must have the permission of the copyright owner. All material uploaded will be subject to our website terms. [back to top]
When you have completed an entry you will be given the chance to seek an endorsement of it. You do not have to request an endorsement immediately – you may reopen the entry at any time and seek an endorsement (or if the item has been endorsed already, an additional endorsement).
To request an endorsement you will need to enter the first name and surname of your endorser, plus their email address. If the endorser is a GazetMe user, he or she will receive notification directly through their GazetMe account. If the endorser is not yet a GazetMe user, he or she will receive an email with your name in the subject line. The email will contain details of the item for which you are seeking an endorsement, together with a brief explanation of GazetMe. The endorser will be asked to click a hyperlink that will lead to the endorsement form.
The endorsement form is a simple form that invites the endorser first to confirm that the entry is accurate. If it is not, the endorser may decline to endorse. Once the endorser has confirmed that the entry is accurate, he or she will have the choice of adding comments and also to complete some simple ratings about your performance in relation to the accomplishment. These are not compulsory, but if completed they will be added to your overall KPI ratings that are displayed on your user home page and (if you wish) on your gCV.
Once an item has been endorsed it cannot be changed, although it can be deleted. [back to top]
You may either select an existing contact, or add a new one. If you like, you can ask more than one person to endorse you log item. It's entirely up to you whom you ask to endorse an item. However, to prevent fraudulent endorsement we reserve the right to remove any item if the veracity of an endorsement is challenged. [back to top]
Build up your network by adding contacts. As you add contacts they get an opportunity to link to you and to see any gCV to which you have given them access. You can also search for existing GazetMe users to add to your contacts. [back to top]
You can invite your friends to join GazetMe by selecting them from you webmail address book. Simply enter your email address and email password and we'll present a list of contacts for you to choose against. [back to top]
If you see someone you know, you can look at their gCV, assuming you're covered by the permissions you've set, by clicking on the link. [back to top]
GazetMe has been designed to assist your business networking. Rather than simply enabling you to link up to numerous contacts, GazetMe allows you to link through specific shared achievements or pieces of work. That way, when you come to wonder why you are connected to a particular individual, the answer will be right there in front of you. [back to top]
You can set up groups as part of your contacts' management. Create as many as you like and add your contacts to those that are relevant. So, for example, you might have a group that is made up of all your work colleagues and another for all your recruitment contacts.
If you become a subscriber and create multiple gCVs, you can decide who gets to view a particular gCV based on your groups’ settings. If you want your work colleagues to see a gCV relevant to your current role, then you can limit its publication to that group alone. Similarly, if you have a gCV that you are using for new job applications, you can publish that only to your recruitment contact group. [back to top]
GazetMe enables others to rate your work by Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These are ranked from 1 (poor) to 3 (average) to 5 (excellent).
When you ask someone to endorse an achievement, your endorser may rate your performance of the task according to set criteria. These are:
- Speed of action
- Work quality
- Team contribution
To encourage endorsers to be objective, you won’t be told what scores any individual endorser gives you. However as you build up endorsements, you will be able to see the aggregate results of the KPI scores you’ve been given. These will be displayed in a radar chart, which you can (if you wish) include on any gCV. [back to top]
As well as enabling endorsers to score your performance, they can also make an award for really outstanding work. Awards can be gold, silver, or bronze and will appear on your personal home page as a reminder of your exceptional achievements. [back to top]
Your gCV is an electronic resumé. It showcases information about you to other GazetMe users, users in your network, and non-users depending on the permissions that you set. You can review your gCV at any time to see the information shown there. [back to top]
Creating a gCV is easy: you will be presented with information you have recorded in your Log or in your Account, and all you have to do is to decide which records you wish to include. As you create a gCV you will be prompted about each section in turn: profile, achievements, skills, and so on.
At any stage you can save your gCV as a draft. It will appear in your list of gCVs but it won’t be published to anyone. When you’re ready, you hit the button marked ‘publish’ and you’ll be asked who you want to see your gCV. You can publish your gCV to individual contacts, to groups of contacts, or to all GazetMe users. [back to top]
When you create a gCV there is one section though that requires a little more explanation: ‘Achievements’.
To give users control over the way achievements are displayed, GazetMe groups achievements according to the classification you have applied in the form of tags. So, rather than asking you which achievements you’d like to include in your gCV, we ask you which tag group you would like to include.
As you are likely to have a lot of achievements, you’ll be asked to create a heading for each tag group you select. This allows the reader of your gCV to understand at a glance the achievements in the tag group.
For example, let’s assume that you have ten achievements all of which you have tagged ‘teamwork’ because each is a good example of the way that you contribute to a team. As a summary for the person who will read your gCV, you might add the heading: "Experienced team builder and team leader. Managing teams of up to 10 direct reports on projects that have delivered $1m in annual sales." That done, you then select which of your ‘teamwork’ achievements are displayed below this heading.
Of course one achievement may have a number of tags (because it demonstrates several competencies for example). If that is the case, then you can reference that achievement more than once when you build your gCV. [back to top]
Once you’ve created your gCV you can save it in draft and then, when you’re ready, publish it. Unless you are a subscriber you can only publish one gCV at a time. When you publish it you can decide who gets to view it: specific contacts, groups of contacts, or everybody. [back to top]
All information recorded on GazetMe remains private until you publish it in a gCV. Only the information included in a gCV can be made public, and then only depending on the publication settings that you select. The default setting is that no one can see your gCV. When you click the 'publish' button you'll be given some options that allow you to show your gCV to others (if you want to). [back to top]
Standard users can publish one gCV (although you can save as many as you like in draft).
If you become a subscriber you can publish multiple gCVs. This allows you to direct different gCVs to different contacts, or different groups of contacts. You might want to publish one version for your work colleagues (so they can get a feel for all you are achieving for your current employer) and another for your recruitment contacts. In each case, the information that you include is likely to be presented in a different way, depending on what you are trying to achieve. [back to top]
Tags are free-text labels that you attach to items to create your own classification system. You can add multiple tags to your items depending on how you wish to classify them (just hold down 'ctrl' as you click on them).
So, for example, you might want to tag according to competencies demonstrated by the item, or by the name of the customer for whom you were working, or perhaps by reference to an internal department. Your tags then might be as follows: Teamwork, Project Management, Microsoft, Marketing. When you come to create your gCV you’ll see that you build it by reference to these tags so it helps to use more than once. [back to top]
Rather than give you too many predefined fields to complete, we let you classify your own data by using tags. That way you can group items in your log by whatever classification makes sense to you – it might be the type of work (e.g. web development), or your external customer (e.g. Mercedes), or your internal customer (e.g. marketing).
By adding tags to the items you log, items may then easily be searched and grouped together when needed. This is particularly useful when you want to present your achievements to others (e.g. in your gCV). [back to top]
When you come to create your gCV, most of the steps involve selecting items from your log or from your account to include.
With your Achievements however, we allow you to group items together under a heading (a tag) so that similar types of work can be presented together.
When you create your gCV, GazetMe asks you to select one of the tags you’ve used. It will then show you all the Achievements recorded with that tag so that you can select which you want to show in your gCV. Finally, it will allow you to write a short headline that summarises what all those items say about you.
So, for example, if you have used the tag ‘teamwork’ you will be shown all of your Achievements that you have tagged as evidence of teamwork. [back to top]
It is entirely up to you how you classify your achievements. You don't for example have to limit yourself to one tag per item. Separate tags with a comma.
So, for example, if you're a marketing manager you might want to record details of a project that you've just completed with your team, devising a new campaign for Microsoft. You might use the tags:
ad campaign, Microsoft, teamwork
Using a client name as one of your tags is useful as it will enable you to keep track of all the work that you do on particular accounts.
Note the last tag. With many appraisal and recruitment processes nowadays HR managers are focussing on competencies. These are the overriding skills that you bring to an organization (sometimes referred to as your transferable assets). When you come to present yourself for internal appraisal or for a new job, it helps if you can explain your competencies, providing examples of specific instances where you have used them. Going back to the above example, this would be grouped with all other examples of Teamwork allowing you to present plenty of evidence of that competency. It would then be easy for a prospective employer to see that you are a team player.
Increasingly HR and recruitment in particular are being managed by reference to competencies. Competencies might best be described as your transferable assets: the set of skills that you can take with you from one business to another (or from one role to another). So while you might not be recruited to do an identical job to those you’ve done previously, what matters to your employer is that you have the skill-set that will allow you to adapt quickly to its specific requirements.
A good example of a competency might be leadership. You can demonstrate leadership in many different situations, but at its core is the ability to look at a problem and to direct and support a team to resolving that problem. Someone who is an officer in the army is likely to be required to demonstrate leadership on a regular basis, and for this reason when that person moves into a civilian job it is likely that his or her leadership skills will be one of the competencies that are of interest to potential employers, even though the circumstances where leadership will be required might be entirely different.
Although you don’t have to use competencies as tags for items you record at GazetMe, we recommend that you do, at least when recording Achievements. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of commonly used competencies here. [back to top]
- Analytical thinking
- Assuming responsibility
- Attention to detail
- Business planning
- Change agent
- Change management
- Client focus
- Commercial awareness
- Communication skills
- Company building
- Conflict resolution
- Customer care
- Customer focussed
- Customer service
- Decision making
- Demonstrating interpersonal skills
- Developing individuals
- Developing teams
- Financial acumen
- Financial management
- Financial numeracy
- Handling pressure
- Independent thinking
- Lateral flexibility
- Long-range thinking
- Managing learning and development
- Managing quality and standards
- Motivating others
- Organizational agility
- People management
- Planning and organising
- Practical aptitude
- Problem solving
- Resource management
- Results oriented
- Staff development
- Strategic analysis
- Strategic focus
- Team building
- Team leader
- Technical aptitude
- Thought leadership
- Working in partnership [back to top]
GazetMe is a new service and is still in beta test stage. This means that we are continuing to improve our service and user experience. If you have any comments about GazetMe, or suggestions as to how we might improve it, please let us know using the contact form.