How to Write The First Job Resume or CV * CV / Resume

Together Abroad10-11-2017 10:35 AM


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...
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Together Abroad02-11-2017 11:09 AM


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...
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Together Abroad13-10-2017 9:52 AM


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...
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Together Abroad18-08-2017 10:09 AM

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;...
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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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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