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Favorite Places to Live

This week we asked previous participants of the European Career Fair where would they like to live.  Here are some of their answers:

“I would like to live in Switzerland, because there is good snow, good chocolate and nice people!”– Pilar M.

“I would like to live in Boston  because of all the incredible people living here and the very nice landscape of the city.” – Frederic H.

“I would like to live in Hungary because all my best friends are living there.”                              – Zsuzsanna N.

“I would like to live in Scandinavia because they have a solid educational and scientific reputation and because while it might be cold, they have good skiing, mountains, and the sea all within easy reach. Plus the Danish pastries are amazing!” – Ida L.

“I would like to live in Amsterdam, because people in the Netherlands are supposedly the happiest in the world. And they’re really tall.” – Koen V.

“I would like to live in France, because they have the best croissants!”                                 – Melanie M.

“I would like to live in Berlin, because this city has a great vibe.”                                           – Smaro P.

“I would like to live in Spain, because it is absolutely gorgeous.”                                            – Brittany B.

“I would like to live in Scandinavia because they have a solid educational and scientific reputation and because while it might be cold, they have good skiing, mountains, and the sea all within easy reach. Plus the Danish pastries are amazing!” – Ida L.

We are including also a special contribution by the Chair of the European Career Fair:

“I would like to live in Boston, because I love to be part of the ECF Team and helping others to find a dream job in their dream city.”

Where would you like to live? And why?  We would love to hear from you about your favorite cities and countries in the comments below, on our Facebook or Twitter!

The Global Resume

As the resume submission deadline is quickly approaching, we decided to gather information on cross-cultural resumes from two professionals who earn their living by providing resume as well as global career advice.

Mary Anne Thompson, the Founder of Goinglobal, in her article “How to Create a Global Resume/CV” suggests that you learn about the cultural specifics of a resume for the country where you are applying for a position.  However, Ms. Thompson, offers also a general advice that applies in any country:

  1. Use industry-related terminology.
  2. Make sure that your degrees and titles are easy to understand after you translate them from one language to another – specific courses and projects help clarify your specific  knowledge and experience.
  3. Write your resume in the language of the country where you are applying for a job and have the resume spell-checked and proofread by a native-speaker.
  4. When writing a resume in English, make sure you are consistent with British or American spelling – there are many differences that might look as typos.
  5. Remember that you might be the first person the company’s representative meets from your home country – make sure you represent your home well!

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Alesia Benedict, the President of GetInterviews.com, in her article  “A Global Resume to Land International Jobs” stresses the importance of:

  1. Attractive and easy-to-read design.
  2. Value of every word and every sentence – be specific when describing your past accomplishments and make every word count.
  3. Professional language while omitting jargon.
  4. Use of action verbs.
  5. Emphasis on up-to-date qualifications, training, certification.

We hope these resources will help you create an effective resume that will help you stand out from the crowd.  Please do not forget to register for the 17th European Career Fair by submitting your resume online by December 15, 2012. We can’t wait to meet you in person!