Category Archives: Job Seekers

Resources, articles and tips to help you in your job search

Getting a job using your second language

Guest post by Vanessa Fardi, NEUVOO

Knowing other languages ​​in a world that, thanks to globalization, has forced people to be bilingual and almost makes them forget their mother tongue, definitely comes in handy when looking for a new job.

Numbers do not lie, today, nearly 60% of the job offers require the candidate to master a second language. English and German are taking the lead in the list for the most popular languages ​​required by employers, especially in the areas of engineering, finance, new technologies and health. Continue reading Getting a job using your second language

6 Reasons your Resume is Hitting the Trash

You’ve sent in hundreds of applications, but keep getting rejection emails or no response at all. You just need to get to the interview stage, but your resume is holding you back. Time to take a look at 6 common reasons resumes are quickly rejected:

1. Spelling or grammar mistakes

This is red flag #1, any spelling errors or poor grammar (for jobs which require good communication skills, or attention to detail) will get you a quick rejection. Hiring managers looking for a quick way to reduce the number of applications they need to consider will use a spelling mistake as a reason to reject someone.

The fix:
You need to show attention to detail for pretty much every job out there, so there’s no excuse for mistakes on something as important as your resume. Look over it carefully yourself, read it backwards, and give it to a friend to proofread. Continue reading 6 Reasons your Resume is Hitting the Trash

4 Skills Needed for Any Job +How to Improve Them

Often what sets one candidate above another for a job are their ‘soft skills’. These skills aren’t specific to any job or industry, and will make you more successful on whatever your chosen career path is.

Some people are naturally great with these work skills, but anyone can learn and improve their soft skills.

Verbal Communication

In work and in life, I’ve found that most mistakes and arguments are caused by simple misunderstanding and miscommunication. Being able to convey a concept clearly to another person determines how they respond, eliminates confusion, and keeps a project running smoothly.

How to improve? Listen. Always give 100% of your attention to the person you are talking or listening to. Ask questions to clarify anything that seems unclear, no matter how silly it seems. A lot of verbal communication is about empathy: understand that the person you are explaining something to can’t read your mind, consider things from their point of view, not just your own.

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Resume Templates: Good or Bad?

Using a template to format your resume CAN help land you interviews. They provide a professional looking layout without requiring a lot of computer or design savvy, and offer a guide for naming and ordering resume sections and formatting all that text. Templates are a really useful tool when you aren’t already a resume expert.

So why are they getting a bad rap?

One reason is that professional resume writers want you to buy in to their services instead of using ready-made templates. Fair enough, they need to make a living by promoting their work as better than a regular old template.

Another reason is that there is a ton of low quality and poorly made templates out there. This is an easy trap to fall into, and it takes time to find a good template that suits you and your profession.

Overall, if you avoid the hazards of bad templates, they can give your resume a boost and are worth using. Here’s what to look out for:

Avoid online resume builders that format your resume using tables. The document may look great at first glance, but online application systems can’t read tables well, so your resume may not be accepted by the system, or may appear in the wrong order. Eliminate all tables from your word processing document to avoid a lot of hassle when uploading your resume online.

Avoid skill ratings. Don’t get caught in the current trend of visualizing your skills using stars or other graphics. This is useless information, and hiring managers don’t know how much they should trust your self-rated 5/5 stars for ‘teamwork’. Prove your competence by listing your accomplishments in the work experience section. Anything less than a perfect score makes you look incompetent, but perfect scores in everything make you seem a liar – there’s no winning with skill ratings.

Avoid low quality layouts. Look for templates that are easy to understand and read. The ability to clearly convey your experience and skills is the most important thing a template can provide. If your text looks crowded, if it’s hard to tell which dates belong where, if the font is difficult to read, or the layout seems overly complicated, find another template.  Simple is better.

Lastly, always use your own words.  Resume templates should never replace your own personal experience and wording. Templates can serve as a useful guide, but they are not made to be copied. Use your own words, and be 100% truthful.

What should I look for when finding a template?

Look for resources from a trusted, expert source. This may include career advice blogs, like AskAManager, or organizations that are experts in the hiring industry. Templates can vary based on where you live, what stage of your career, or what industry you are in: find one that suits you and the jobs you are applying for.