Conducting Work from a Distance
There are different scenarios when it comes to working from a distance—traveling from one city to the next, or one country to another, for a few hours, days, or weeks, or even relocating for a period of time. The key to improving your chances of competing for a job in another location, or conducting work from a distance, is to identify locations or job sectors where your line of work is in high demand.
Search for jobs in your expertise to standout and make your skills more valuable to an organization. Indicate in your CV or interview that you are flexible to conduct work from a distance, and you are willing to relocate. Visit and explore the culture in that location to be sure of your opportunities and surroundings. Eliminate employer concerns about travel costs by considering housing options, or family or friends in that location that can let you stay over (when the employer does not cover relocation costs). Be sure you can afford to move or to take a trip when you are called for an interview.
The organization’s work culture is important to know about if you travel from one city to...
Smartphone Recruitment and Your CV
Today’s job market is a fast-changing landscape. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that 2 in 5 professionals intend to leave their job at the end of the year, for a variety of reasons which include better salary and work life balance. This means that you should be able to apply for a new job at a moment’s notice. Smartphones make this process possible, so it is good to be aware of the ways in which you can utilise this technology to your advantage.
It’s been about 5 years since mobile phone sales overtook PC sales for the first time. As a result, the business world has needed to adapt to the new phenomenon of an increasingly sophisticated mobile user base. One of the ways in which companies are beginning to change is to make job application procedures much more mobile friendly. This includes, for instance, job search apps, many of which are free and easily accessible
Storing your resume on a mobile device is becoming easier. There are numerous online or cloud based storage solutions, including Google Docs and DropBox. Furthermore, LinkedIn allows you to create an online resume, and sites such as WordPress allow you to...
We can say that a CV is the best possible written representation of who you are in professional terms. A good CV, however, is more than that. It represents your only chance to capture a potential employer’s attention in a few seconds, giving him or her the very first impression of you. And that impression is crucial. It will determine your gateway to an interview and possible further achievement of your desired job; or, on the contrary, your joining the long list of applicants rejected.
A professionally crafted CV has the power to get you noticed by highlighting your talents and accomplishments in a fashionable way. Of course, you can write your own resume. Many people have succeeded in this way by doing proper research, writing persuasively, and crafting the information according to the job postings. Nevertheless, if you recognize yourself in one of the following situations, it would be advisable to look for professional help:
1. You have been applying for job opportunities for some time and do not hear back from your applications.
2. You do not get any interviews, or as many as you would like.
3. You are facing a major change of industry or sector...
With little or no real job experience, it can be a daunting task for anyone to write their first CV coming straight out of college or university. In an already competitive job market, it can be hard enough to stand out without years of experience under the belt, and with job recruiters spending only an average of six seconds looking at a CV, it is imperative to put in the extra effort to write a polished CV that is sure to show off any relevant qualifications.
Although making oneself stand out is a common tip for CVs, it is also important to consistently remind applicants to make sure their CV shows they meet the minimum requirements of a job first and foremost. Job recruiters are more than likely going to judge CVs based on how well they think someone matches a role, so they are going to look for the relevant skills before looking at any extra details. Some recruiters even say that at an entry level, they are more likely to look for graduates who are less likely to cause trouble, which is another way of saying it may be best not to make a CV too over-the-top, and...
An interesting and informative CV can make all the difference between landing an interview for your dream job, and being passed over. There are multiple parts in a resume that are equally essential and can serve as a marketing tool to sell yourself to your future employer. One of these is personal development.
Based on the Maslow pyramid, personal development or so-called “self-actualization” is the most important need that each individual has. Due to our differences, people have diverse developmental targets; therefore, it is crucial in your CV to state the most critical ones for the job you are applying to.
Types of Personal Development
Personal development can be seen as skills that are developed throughout the year and are often experience based, for instance, good presentation skills or time management. It can also be acquired through educational means by attending special courses or trainings, for example, perfect knowledge of Excel or a diploma in the Japanese language. Furthermore, personal development can be personal, such as seriously working on a hobby, which is often creative; and research has continued to show the importance of creativity at the work environment.
Knowing the difference may assist with putting the right competences in...
Tired of constantly being rejected? Getting the feeling that you might be making the same mistakes over and over again? There are many different ways on how to look for a new job and, in general, how to approach it. Below are tips on how to make your life easier when finding a new job.
1. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile.
The reason to focus on LinkedIn is because of its position – it is one of the top networking sites for professionals. Furthermore, there are more than 414 million users among whom there are many recruiters and company owners who are looking for a new colleague. What is important to focus on? You should update your work experience, skills, education and profile picture. Please keep in mind that the picture should be recently made and look professional.
Your resume is another essential aspect. It is the same as with the LinkedIn profile, it has to be up to date, and there should be a summary of your best qualities and skills. Keep in mind that your LinkedIn profile or resume can be adjusted depending on the job you are applying to. The right wording and skills pointed out...
Having started out as a career innovation by Leonardo da Vinci in 1482, CVs have continued to evolve over the last 500 years with trends changing as recently as ten years ago. Although they started out as a formality, CVs are now an expected part of any job application and it is up to candidates to continually adapt their CVs to meet the current demands of potential employers. Job candidates today still experience constantly changing expectations from employers in regards to what they want to see in a CV; currently, CVs place more of an emphasis on personal branding instead of focusing on previous jobs and experiences, but there are numerous other differences that candidates have to take into consideration to ensure their CVs do not appear dated.
Thanks to the increased use of social media and online job boards, candidates are expected to go the extra mile to distinguish themselves from the competition. Rather than emphasise previous experiences in terms of duties and job descriptions, candidates now have the chance to showcase their achievements and personal accomplishments throughout their career history. Many CVs now include a dedicated section to list achievements such as promotions, completed projects and career results;...
“As Gregor Samsa awoke from unsettling dreams one morning, he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin”.. This is an excerpt from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and is currently ranked among the greatest opening lines of books, according to The Telegraph. In less than 30 seconds the potential reader is already asking who is Gregor Samsa and what has happened to him. The chances are that whoever read the first line would buy the book and read the story to find out the mystery behind it. But why is this important?
First impressions matter – whether it is in a book, in real life or in a CV. Just like your potential love partner would notice your new haircut and clothes, your future employer will notice the appearance, layout, and structure of your CV. Employers will expect to see an effective personal statement of who you are, what you offer, and what you are looking for.
However, standing out from the vast sea of applicants and CVs is difficult and might require a pitch – a necessary evil for job seekers. The main purpose of the pitch is to grab the attention of the potential employer...
Nowadays, the proper construction of the online professional persona is significantly crucial for job seekers, as most companies and recruiters use professional platforms, and especially LinkedIn, to find the best candidates. Thus, people who want to find a job online join LinkedIn, try to create effective online profiles, build a circle of business contacts, and market themselves.
If you fit this category, then let us see how to best present your online profile.
1. Picture, Headline and Summary
To begin with, a LinkedIn profile has a specific structure that resembles a traditional resume, starting with a single (formal) photograph of a user as an “eye-catcher”, that aims to promote your professional persona and to create an impression of being conscientious. In fact, a LinkedIn profile with a picture is viewed 14 times more. To that extent, it is advised to put a professional image, which also reflects your personality as much as a photo can do.
Next to the photo there is space for your name and working area or job title. In that section, it is suggested to put the right information to improve your chances of being found, by thinking about what key words people will use to...
Video CVs or VCVs have become an important employment tool for job seekers and employers everywhere. With an incredibly competitive job market, a VCV is just the right tool to make you stand out as a candidate. Personality is often hard to show through traditional paper CV. Before inviting you for an interview, employers want to know that you will fit into their company culture. VCVs are there to present your past achievements as well as your possible achievements in the future as a part of the company you are applying to. Speaking with confidence and expressing the value you can add to the company means you means that you stand a better chance than other candidates. CVCs are not, however, for all companies. More traditional employers still prefer paper CVs. But if the role that you are applying to is in the media, the social or other creative sectors where your personality counts, then a VCV might just do the trick. You...
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