How to Write a Pitch on Your CV? * CV / Resume

Together Abroad19-06-2017 11:03 AM

“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...
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Myrto Koulama | Together Abroad08-06-2017 3:57 PM

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...
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Together Abroad19-05-2017 10:38 AM
One of the most important employment tools for job seekers and companies in the future... employers want to know that you'd fit into the company culture, want to know about you before inviting you for an interview.
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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Together Abroad13-02-2017 10:59 AM
As experienced jobseekers will have discovered, the most important step on the road to landing a job is to write that killer CV that gets you noticed in the first place. However, in a competitive industry like software development that prioritises specialised technical knowledge, some of the traditional rules for CVs do not work very well. Here are some tips to help you adjust your CV to the software development market.

Firstly, limit your CV to one page. Due to the competitive nature of the software development industry, a recruiter will review hundreds of candidates for a single position. A concise CV can help to make a great first impression. Anything longer than a page can give the impression of a candidate who lacks focus. Furthermore, customise your CV depending on the job you are applying for. A tailormade CV avoids the ‘lowest common denominator’ accusation.

Traditional resume formats often include information that is not necessary for a recruiter in software development. These include the summary. There is no way of providing an overview of your experience in software engineering that is both accurate and shorter than the CV itself. A concise description of project experience and skills will place...
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Together Abroad15-01-2017 9:48 PM
Keywords are a core part of your CV. Without themyou will not have much luck with your job-hunting. A recent study showed that recruiters spent on average about 6.25 seconds looking at a candidate’s CV before deciding if they are right for the job. According to CareerBuilder, hiring managers and human resource staffers spend a little longer reviewing CVs, with 68% looking at application resumes for about 2 minutes before making a decision. Regardless of which is closer to the truth, one thing for certain is that your CV does not receive as much attention as you might expect. Therefore,it is important to focus on buzzwords that will impress a recruiter on a cursory reading.

Recruiters tend to spend their time searching agency databases or job sites, and they do this by way of ‘keyword searches’. In a single day a recruiter typically reviews a few hundred CVs from a database of many thousands. When you are applying for a job, you should be aware of the words that are most likely to be searched. For example, if you are applying for a job in the retail industry and in a managerial role, then put the words ‘retail’, ‘sales’ or...
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TogetherAbroad03-01-2017 2:11 PM
A properly written CV is a must for all kinds of jobs.However, if you apply for a job in Human Resources, then a perfect CV is crucial. After all, once you are hired, you might be the one who has to judge the CVs of potential new employees.

Read the job description thoroughly and carefully, so that you write down in as much detail as possible only the necessary criteria required. Make a complete picture of the hard skills such as education level, work experience, and language skills; and soft criteriasuch as empathy, conflict management or team player that they are looking for. Write down examples of your experiences that proveyou meet the requested criteria. A common failure is that people just sum up the skills they have, but for an HR job this will usually not do. You will have to compete with other HR specialists who will do their best to show off with their CV. Therefore,donot only highlight the skills you have,but also mention your achievements and refer to publications or measured results.

Organisational skills are an asset for HR related jobs. Therefore, highlight your organisational skills (for example decision-making, or problemsolving skills) and mention your
examplesalong...
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Together Abroad26-12-2016 10:54 PM
So you have found a job post online that you like and want to apply for. Before you do, though, briefly consider whether you are applying directly on the potential employer’s website, or through a recruiting agency, because based on which of the two it is, the application process and the documents you need for it, may differ.

Applying Directly at a Company

You are applying for a specific position, so your application should be tailored accordingly. Keep in mind that you will have to spend some time on it. Read the ad carefully to get an idea about which skills, competencies and experiences are relevant for the job, and then go on to highlight them. Omit any unnecessary information, stay to the point. It is a lot of work to tailor your CV and motivation letter for each and every position you want to apply for, but it is necessary. If the in-house recruiter gets an impression that you were mindlessly sending out your CV to whatever email address you could get your hands on, they will likely think that you are not serious about working for their company and will promptly disregard your application.

An in-house recruiter will...
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Together Abroad21-12-2016 10:48 AM
We all know that it is important to tailor a CV using your attributes and accomplishments to perfectly fit the job you are applying for. The daunting task is converting those multiple, specifically tailored CV’s onto one LinkedIn profile that includes details for any job you might want, but is not so convoluted that it turns people off. It is a fine line to walk. A CV includes the highlights of your schooling and career, and then only the important and relevant information for the job which you are applying to. It is about quality, not quantity, and sometimes less is better.
The good news is that LinkedIn is the place to put as much informationas possible about your professional self. Recruiters and HR representatives search specifically for any job they are hiring for, so the more detail you have, the more likely you will come up in their search results. The initial summary should include the most important information about yourself and your qualities; this should span relevance for both positions. Include information specific to you. Be sure to specify what qualities you offer and how you can add value to others. Unless you are searching for jobs at...
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Together Abroad21-11-2016 10:01 AM
It is a well-known fact that tailoring your CV to the position you are applying to,as well as the company you are applying to, is extremely important. Those looking for a job in a finance position should not have a similar CV to someone looking for a sales position or an operations management position. With that in mind, what are managers looking for to fill finance positions? How are these different from the sales and operations management positions regarding what is expected on a CV?

Most of the outline will stay the same for any position you are looking to apply to: contact information, short description of who you are, education, etc. What is different about a financial position versus any otherposition is that recruiters are looking for achievements from the candidates they hope to hire. Because companies receive several applications from candidates with the same education, internship, or job experience, they need to know more than just the standard day to day activities or what you did as in generalat that company. Managers want to know where you went beyond what was expected of you. What did you do at the company that was classified as more than just...
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Together Abroad17-10-2016 9:43 AM
Whether you are looking to break into the executive/management world, or are already there, but want to make a horizontal career leap, you will be faced with the question of what to do with your CV. The obvious approach would be to simply update it by adding your recent position and hit the upload button, but that might ultimately undermine your efforts.

Instead of giving your CV just a minor facelift here and there, you should consider a total redo. While some of the old CV-writing truths remain valid (such as tailoring your CV to each vacancy you apply for), other may differ. Your academic credentials, for example, can probably be abbreviated, while relevant professional training and qualifications should be highlighted. Important aspects on manager’s CV are your work history with focus on your achievements, conveying your knowledge of the sector in question and general management skills, such as problem-solving, analytical insight and leadership.

You will most likely have to redesign your personal statement – either to explain why you decided to make a horizontal move in your career (if that is the case) or to demonstrate your knowledge of the industry and paint a picture of your previous achievements....
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It has been a long journey since I arrived in The Netherlands, and I want to thank you for being available to receive me, believing in my profile and thank you for all your support, and I express my wish to keep our contact. I followed all your guidelines and recommendations, and I succeeded! Thank you for your best attention, let's keep in touch

Helder Costa

I would like to thank you for your great job to make my CV presentable and truly reflecting my knowledge and experience.
With your highly professional advices and support I felt more confident and eventually I got a job.


Tanya Pelser

Thank you to both yourself and Irina for a great workshop this morning, it was refreshing to hear some really basic ideas for the Dutch employment search which I'm sure will help start everyone off on a new career path! I will definitely be using the services of Together Abroad and one of my first actions is to revise my CV and submit this for a review.

James Stopford