10 tips for your CV

10 tips for your CV

A CV is the marketing tool to enter your future career. It needs to demonstrate that you are employable and meet the requirements of the job and the organization.

10 tips for your CV and improve your internship application abroad.

Focus on relevant experience

A survey showed that 45% of employers are looking for relevant work experience. That means that you should tailor your CV to the job. For instance, you should leave out irrelevant details such as a 2-weeks high school internship or part-time jobs such as babysitting. Also, if you have some internship experiences, it is preferable to write “assistant” instead of “intern” on your job position. Additionally, try to make your CV not more than one page long.

Stand out from the crowd

An interesting CV is the chance to get noticed by employers. One possibility is to add some colors or to have a clear structure. Another alternative are infographic CVs- they are structured creatively, include colors and symbols. Of course, it is always important to tailor it to the job. An infographic CV might be fitting for a marketing position but not for an accounting one.

Choose a professional picture

When choosing your picture, please seek professional help. Several CVs include selfies or casual pictures which leave a bad reputation for the employer. Therefore, it is a good investment to go to the photographer to get a photograph, because it will make you look more professional and qualified for the job. An Interesting fact is that the US and UK regard a picture on the CV as possible frown on legal equal opportunity. However, in our services, we always require a picture because most candidates will work in customer service.

Show what you have done

Your CV should indicate your qualities. One way to show that is to mention your achievements, for instance a percentage increase in sales. Students can often make a good impression with attachments such as certificates or test scores. When mentioning the job position, try to explain the impact you made for the company.

Be consistent

Please use the same size and font consistently to not confuse the reader. Common fonts are Calibri, Verdana, Century Gothic and Arial. Use 10 or 11 point font for the main content and 12 to 14 maximum for headers. Besides that, a survey of US employers found that 49% preferred a traditional chronological CV where all jobs are listed in order.

Career objective

It is not necessary but a nice way to show what you are looking for. It should be focused to your experience and requirements of the internship. For instance: International management student with 1 year sales experience looking for a 5-month marketing internship.

Be exact

In order for recruiters to make a decision, you have to be precise in your application. Use the European language levels to describe your language skills (tests can be found online for free). A1 is the beginner level, whereas C2 is the native language level. Moreover, you can specify your language skills by mentioning tests or certificates such as TOEFL.

Proof read

Be sure to edit your resume before sending it. Please check spelling, grammar, tenses, names etc.  56% of CVs have spelling and grammar mistakes that are found by employers. Take care that your contact details are correct, check your phone number at least once. Check if your voicemail is appropriate.

References

Your CV should mention that references are available upon request. Many employers do not check references unless the vacancy specifically requires. Usually two references are sufficient. One academic one and one from an employer.

DONTS

Do not give inaccurate information about academic or professional experiences. Besides that, leave out private information such as material status or religion.

For more questions regarding your application, please feel free to contact us. We hope to support you!

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Why you should do an internship

Why you should do an internship

If you are not yet sure whether or not to do an internship – maybe even in a foreign country – you should consider the following facts. This article will show you the incredible benefits of doing an internship abroad.

Consequences to the Brexit for the EU and the Erasmus program

An experience in the “real world” is the perfect way to enter in the working environment and to start your future career, while earning university credits at the same time. Let’s take a look at the advantages of an internship in another country:

Professional contact

Every single person you’ll get to know in a professional environment can be valuable one day for your successful further career. If you make a good impression during your internship, the company may recommend you to others. For example, the HR manger or a supervisor will write you a reference letter, which you can use for other applications. Most jobs today are obtained through recommendations and networking. By doing an internship you get to meet new people in your business field and reach better contacts.

Industry knowledge

You will get the chance to gain knowledge and practical experience, which you can’t learn in university or anywhere else. You will be exposed to real problems and it’ll be your chance to use your theoretical knowledge to find a solution.

Increased confidence

By working, you will see how you can impact the success of your department and even the whole company. That way, you’ll be more aware of your own skills, your abilities and your value in the business.

Possible career

Studies of the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) show that 60 % of college graduates with internship experience received at least one job offer afterwards. So, an internship is a great entry to your future career.

Resume boost

It can be very difficult for a student to gain some work experience. Mostly there is just not enough time to concentrate on your studies and working at the same time. Therefore, an internship, e.g. in the summer holidays, is the perfect way to gain some practical experience.

Personal growth 

It’s not just your CV that will benefit from this experience, YOU also will. To be abroad and to get to know another (work-)culture will be an unforgettable experience in your life and you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren one day about that!

One step closer

Sometimes an internship didn’t have the effect you wanted, as you learnt the field is not the right one for you. But even if it didn’t interest you – take it positively! Now you are able to narrow down your list of potential careers and can concentrate on other areas.

Myriad possibilities

Nowadays, you can choose from all kinds of internships in different countries! The world has no limit!  You want to do a hospitality internship in Panama? A sales internship in Malta? E-business in the UK? Or Events management in Spain? Go for it!

 

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You have the chance to live and work anywhere on this planet, improve your skills and stand out from the crowd.

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