Montag, 26. September 2016

What is the most important thing for Europeans regarding their jobs?

It can depend on numerous factors whether a person is content with his/her job or not. But what is it that can make the difference between dream job and a rather short employment relationship. The job search engine Jobswype therefore asked its users what mattered the most to them when it came to a job. The results are very interesting!

In the survey, users could choose between the factors „a good working atmosphere”, the salary”, “an interesting activity” and “flexible working hours”. Starting with the factor which is, at least with regard to the other criteria, valued the least important, the interesting activity. This factor however lay only closely behind the “flexible working hours”. The most important factors for the Europeans are a good working atmosphere followed by the salary.

In the comparison with the salary and a good working atmosphere, the working activities itself as well as the flexible working hours are secondary. This can be seen especially in Rumania, where only 8 % of the users stated that an interesting working activity was important for them and not a single person chose “flexible working hours”. In return, about 77 % indicated that a good working climate was important for them and for 15 % the salary was the most important factor. 

The only country where the relation between „working atmosphere and salary“ on one hand and  “interesting activity and flexible working hours” on the other hand was more or less balance, was the United Kingdom. There, the most part of the users (about 43 %) indicated that a good working atmosphere was the most important factor, whereas 17 % chose the interesting activity and 31 % chose the flexible working hours.

The results of this pol show once again how important a good working atmosphere is and that it can definitely be the reason whether a person is happy with his/her job and chooses to stay or would rather somewhere else. An investment in a good working atmosphere on the part of the respective company directors is therefor always a good idea!

3500 users took part in this poll from August 2016

Dienstag, 6. September 2016

Beware of these mistakes in your CV

Advice for a convincing CV, part two. You send out numerous applications, but almost never get any answers or invitations for the job interview? Only the standardized we-are-sorry-but-we-can’t-consider-you-for-this-position type e-mails? That’s definitely frustrating, especially since you’ve poured a lot of thought and work into your application, like everybody else, since no one applies just for the fun of it. It might pay off, though, if you’d take a second, objective look at your CV – maybe you’ve made some mistakes after all? Should you find yourself in one of the following scenarios, don’t fret! Now you know what needs to be bettered!

1. Your CV contains obvious spelling mistakes. It happened despite all the care in the world – you just didn’t notice and correct one spelling mistake. What might seem like a minor transgression to you (after all, it’s your qualifications and worth as a professional that should count to your potential employer), might seem a lot more serious to recruiters. They will infer that you are sloppy at your job and like to stay superficial. And no company wants employees like that.

2. Your CV looks unprofessional. Does your CV look like an unshapely and unreadable block of text? Or did you overdo the quirkiness and ended up having a lot of playful fonts and passages in italics? All in service of being different and getting the attention of the recruiter instead of being just another face in the crowd? Well, congratulations! The recruiter did notice your application, but sadly not the way that you’ve intended. To leave a lasting positive impression, try formatting your CV for maximum readability, in a way that shows off all the relevant info about yourself at first glance.

3. You have given little to no practical examples. Measurable, practical results and the successes that you have achieved in your previous positions are just as important as an accurate and all-encompassing list of all your responsibilities. CVs that have both will always leave a better impression.

4. It’s not clear enough, why you are good fit for the open position. Could it be that you didn’t give enough thought to presenting exactly those of your qualifications that are the most relevant for the open position? You could come to regret that, because recruiter very seldomly have or take the time to skim your application for all those details. Thusly, your chances grow exponentially if you pre-select and highlight just the right ones instead of indiscriminately listing all your qualifications.

Freitag, 2. September 2016

Make a good first impression with your CV

Whether someone finds you sympathetic or not, they will make up their mind during the first few seconds of meeting you. That’s a scientifically proven fact, which, in turn, makes your parents right when they’ve told you that first impressions count. While applying for a new job, your potential employer get their first impression from your CV. This is not to stress you out and make you worry more – it’s actually quite easy to have a good CV. Read on to find out!

The CV you are attaching to your cover letter forms the basis for the first impression that your potential employer has of you. If you want to make a lasting and positive one, make sure while putting together your CV that it will be a short, on point and easy read containing all the necessary info about you that is relevant to the vacant position. You can opt to format your CV as a table, but that is not a must. More important is the font that you use. Make sure it is a professional looking one and stay away from anything playful and quirky – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to show off your lighter and humorous side during the job interview!

The first part of your CV must contain your full name, address, telephone number and email. Info about your nationality/ citizenship, your civil status or about military ranks you might hold should only be provided if they are relevant to the position that you are applying for.

This should usually be followed by a history of your work experience. Don’t list all your jobs chronologically though. You should always start with the last postion you’ve held (or are currently holding) and work your way back from there. For every position, specify not only the title, but also the company and a short description of your actual tasks and responsibilities, as well as the starting and ending dates, preferably the month and the year. During the next step, do the same with your education – from your last degree downwards – and state the art of education, your degree, the educational institution and the graduation date. Here’s also the place to mention al other courses and trainings you night have undertaken over the years.

Do you have a knack for foreign languages or are you an IT-whiz? Don’t forget to list those under “Aptitudes”. Bonus points if you can back up your claims with certificates or at least good examples of using and further developing them in practice, in your working day-to-day. Make sure that the aptitudes you describe are as quantifiable, tangible and concrete as possible and stay away from common places. All of us would say we are “good listeners” or “good colleagues”. The aptitudes should in any event match the job description and offer some advantages/ benefits for your future employer as well.  Achten Sie darauf, dass es möglichst konkrete Fähigkeiten sind und denken sie daranThe same holds true for your extracurricular or volunteering activities – to the extent that they prove to your employer that you are a complex and dynamic personality with many different interests and there are paralelles to the job description as well, go ahead and list them! Or maybe you have some hobbies that could be relevant to the open position. In this case, list those as well. If this is not the case though, then you probably shouldn’t include a list of your hobbies.

If you payed attention to all these suggestions, you should have a convincing CV by now. As a last step, check, double and triple check your spelling and grammar and enlist the help of your favorite office software. Then attach it to your application and rest assured – you’re potential employer will get to know you from your best side!