Are You Ready?

The European Career Fair 2013 is tomorrow (Saturday February 23) – are you ready? Here are ten short pieces of advice.

By now you should have:

  1. Your resume uploaded in our database.
  2. Your resume polished, proofread (at least twice), printed and ready to present.
  3. Your business cards including all essential information picked up from your mailbox.
  4. Your LinkedIn profile updated and your overall social media presence cleaned.
  5. Your research on companies participating at the career fair finished & questions written down.
  6. Your professional outfit cleaned, ironed and fitting.
  7. Checked out the schedule of the fair, so you don’t miss a thing.  
  8. Found the best and fastest way on a Saturday morning to be at the fair on time or even better early.
  9. Your week’s work finished early on Friday, so you can get enough sleep before the big day!
  10. Your pitch practiced to perfection!

If you have any other advice, please comment in the section below.

Other than that  – GOOD LUCK and see you at the 17th European Career Fair!

 

Where would you like to work?

Recently we asked some of this year’s participants of the European Career Fair which company they would they like to work.  Here are some of their answers:

“I would like to work for Samsung because they are an innovative and high tech company, leader in mobile phone device.” – Frederic H.

“I would like to work for Genzyme, because I am interested in biotechnology and would like to help change peoples lives.” – Brittany B.

“I would like to work for AkzoNobel, because I’d like to bring some more color into my world.” -Koen V.

“I would like to work for a medium size biotech company, because they have all the advantages of a small company and (hopefully) all the money of a large one.” – Ida L.

“I would like to work for the whole world, because I believe that everything is possible if 7 billion of us are united.”
– Cynthia D.

Where would you like to work? And why?  We would love to hear from you about your favorite companies 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!

Photo Credit: TheLadders.com

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!