A fierce competition in 21st century keeps us focused on to our education and job experience, yet, according to numerous surveys, it is not enough to have a brilliant resumé in order to catch employers attention: you have to make yourself visible and your skills needed. Keep in mind that majority of HR managers are required to check your name and surname online to evaluate your online presence and seriousness. Therefore in case you’ve got a crazy Facebook picture as your profile picture, it could be a good idea to invest in a professionally-looking one.
Social Media Presence
You simply have to have fluent, clear and easy-to-read information about you. Adding a catchy and business-like professional picture as well as clear and positive information about you on Facebook can definitely add more points to your “invisible account” in employers eyes (no stupid pictures, no pictures with other people and no pictures with alcohol). Professional Twitter and LinkedIn profiles are must-to-have.
Being familiar with social platforms as well as having social media presence could definitely boost your CV as well as visibility (which consequently means that potential employers might find your profile and get to “know” you much easier than before).
Even though the word itself has become a widely used buzzword, you should not underestimate the value of it. You should always be professional in meeting other people and present yourself who you are, what you do and mention, that you are looking for new opportunities/challenges. Who knows, maybe a friend of a friend of yours knows someone, who is looking particularly for a new [insert your profession here] in his company?
Helping Out Others
Experience in volunteer job nowadays has become even more important than ever before. Volunteering experience shows that you are willing to do something without a reward just because you enjoy it. If the volunteering experience is relevant to the job you are looking for – it could be a good idea to tell (write) about such experience to your potential employer! Who wouldn’t like to employ a person who is passionate about what he/she does?
“If you do not have a lot of experience, employers usually are more interested in your education and achievements”, says project manager Anette, who is working at Career Centre in Aarhus University. In this certain case one should know the trick that writing your education first and experience after can change the focus point of the employer.
Looking from employers perspective
One has to realize that while applying for a job, you have to look at the job advertisement and adapt your CV accordingly. There are no perfect templates that can help you to write the perfect CV. “Whenever you are in a doubt, always think about the employer. Think what would be relevant for him to read. From student’s perspective everything seems relevant, however, since you are writing it to an employer, think about what he would like to see”, advises Anette.
Things to be aware of
“To be honest, once I saw a CV where the student wrote that he participated in a number of different projects, but he did not mention that it was via his school. It is important to be honest in your CV both in terms of education and equally important in work experience. For example, if you have had a lot of experience working wih project in school it’s good to include it in your CV, but remember to write that it was a school project.”, explains Anette.
Things to remember:
- If you do not have any (or very little) working experience, write your education and achievements first;
- If you have a lot of experience related to the job you are applying for, write your experience first and education afterwards;
- Think about what is relevant for the employer, and adapt the CV emphasizing the requirements for the job advertisement.
Are you moving forward in your career? Have you just finished (or are finishing) your education and are not sure whether you should include a student job on your CV or not? Anette, who is working as a project manager of an internationalization project InterResource at the Career Centre at Aarhus University, suggests that you should include your student job in a CV if you do not have other career-relevant jobs. “In Denmark it’s never embarrassing to include your student job in a CV,” says Anette.
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Purpose of the CV
Anette, who finished a degree in Business Administration and Psychology at Aarhus University, counsels many students in writing a good CV as part of her job. What is the key to writing an outstanding CV, you might ask? According to Annette, before writing your CV you should definitely spend some time thinking about the purpose of it, which is a quick overview of your past and focus on your experience as well as the results of those experiences.
Student job – write it or not?
Since a CV must contain only relevant information in regards to the position that one is applying for, the question of writing about the student job appears. “When talking to students I sometimes look at their CVs and I see that it contains very little information. When I ask how come they don’t have a job, it turns out they all do, but they think it is embarrassing to write that they have a low-class job,” says Anette. “However, I wouldn’t agree. Studying and working at the same time shows that you are very dedicated.”
Whether you should or should not include your student job in a CV depends on how many years of experience you have. “When you have a few years of experience it becomes more important to emphasize what is related to the position you want to get. But you have to keep in mind, in case you do not have a lot of relevant experience, it could be a good idea to write about the student job. It is better to write that you have some experience, even if it not directly related to the job you want to get, rather than have a gap in your CV,” explains she. “In this case, an employer might think that you have never had a job. And remember: in Denmark it’s never embarrassing to include a student job in a CV.”
Edited by Shelby May Sorenson
Being an international professional in such country as Denmark, where everyone speaks fluent English, living and finding a job seems a relatively easy task, however, the reality hits hard: without any Danish knowledge it is hard to find a good job where your professional skills would be needed and valued. At least basics of a conversational Danish is already valued – and will definitely increase your chances of getting a job.
If you are interested in learning Danish, there are some options: either going to classes physically or learning online. Besides the language center Lærdansk, bigger cities offer Danish classes in universities and student houses. Another option is to find a personal private teacher, which, having seen many examples, is a good option after you have already learned something but are still afraid to talk.
A good idea would also be to read in Danish, especially newsletters and newspapers, which contain interesting information on current affairs. It could be interesting and valuable to read such newspapers as Alt om København and Jyllands Posten. Women, who are interested in reading articles in Danish, could take a look at Woman.dk magazine for women, which is a Danish Cosmo version. And, without a doubt, try speaking Danish as much as possible – without the courage to speak one can know the grammar but will still be unable to express the thoughts…
When you feel comfortable speaking Danish, it could be a good idea to switch to Danish instead of English with your Danish friends – it’ll for sure take time to get used to speaking in a new language, however, you will see that your language is improving really quickly. Just do not stop learning and speaking – the more you practice, the better it becomes.