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Old 22.04.2015, 14:53
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CV consulting

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i am about to update my CV but i am struggling now to continue the red thread. i have all the years worked in the same industry, but diff. roles and companies. the past CVs i wrote perfectly myself but now i need a bit of help and advice to not fritter myself and work out the highlights of which i have many i think. i have googled CV consultants or lebenslaufberatung, but all i found was companies that give advice on career planning and such, thats not what i need. anyone got tips, links or experience? cheers.
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Old 22.04.2015, 15:10
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Re: CV consulting

Not sure about the content, but I assume the alignment of key words to profile requirements are what initially drive matches. There are some algorithms for matching candidates to profiles, and I'm sure they change over time, especially in technology related fields. I have a friend who works at Monster who once explained how to strategize for this.

But I think I could help advice in terms of presentation. This can give you an edge when you pass the first screening. For this, I would suggest well designed layouts (InDesign), an expensive folders, and even some graphical elements. This approach has helped me get interviews. But of course getting past the interview is a separate screening process.
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Old 22.04.2015, 15:48
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Not sure about the content, but I assume the alignment of key words to profile requirements are what initially drive matches. There are some algorithms for matching candidates to profiles, and I'm sure they change over time, especially in technology related fields. I have a friend who works at Monster who once explained how to strategize for this.

But I think I could help advice in terms of presentation. This can give you an edge when you pass the first screening. For this, I would suggest well designed layouts (InDesign), an expensive folders, and even some graphical elements. This approach has helped me get interviews. But of course getting past the interview is a separate screening process.
I have designed it in indesign already :-) nonetheless i could need another opinion and especially putting the things in that are relevant, short, to the point and highlighting what i did. so far my CV got good response n stuff, but i have so much i want to tell atminute, i cant focus! i need some pro advise on what to leave out and what to crystallise more... also i need that in english and german as i need two cv's but one would do for a start...
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Old 22.04.2015, 16:12
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So I use to specialize a CV version for each and every submission, and insist it would only be used for that one particular opening. Is that not a common practice? Or must a CV be standard for all submissions?
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Old 22.04.2015, 18:02
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So I use to specialize a CV version for each and every submission, and insist it would only be used for that one particular opening. Is that not a common practice? Or must a CV be standard for all submissions?
yeah, thats what i do, too. for each job opening i create a CV made for that
role. i think that my major prob is that i will need 3 pages from now on to illustrate it all but i am so reluctend to that and want to stick with the 2pages rule... weggli... foifliberli...
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Old 22.04.2015, 19:07
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Re: CV consulting

I have a 1 pager, followed by an optional 4 pager with details, and then a Lebenslauf, plus a reference sheet. It seems to break the rules, but so far, it has been received well as it minimizes the back and forth, and helps prevent us from wasting our time. Also, I think a photograph has helped to cut to the chase.

I can show you a format I've found to be effective. But that would mean we would have to meet, and if we do, we might as well go clubbing.
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Old 22.04.2015, 19:43
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Re: CV consulting

In my view it depends on the position you are applying for.

If its a big corporation it will probably first land on the desk of some HR person and they will judge it by HR criteria. Anything that's non standard could work against you there. However, if it's a small company that doesn't have a dedicated HR person, the first viewing will probably be by your potential boss and then it depends very much on that person's personality. Are they more formal or more laid back? A quick preparatory phone call combined with a bit of googling might help understand what sort of person you're trying to impress and you can adapt the tone accordingly.
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I saw somewhere on the EF, there was an advert flashing which claimed they review expats CV's. Perhaps worth trying it out. Also LinkedIn offers such services.
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In my view it depends on the position you are applying for.

If its a big corporation it will probably first land on the desk of some HR person and they will judge it by HR criteria. Anything that's non standard could work against you there. However, if it's a small company that doesn't have a dedicated HR person, the first viewing will probably be by your potential boss and then it depends very much on that person's personality. Are they more formal or more laid back? A quick preparatory phone call combined with a bit of googling might help understand what sort of person you're trying to impress and you can adapt the tone accordingly.
thats what i alwas do: fon up the comp, ask for person in charge to talk about the role more specific. else i cant work out my skills n achievements in the CV.
still i am a bit lost...
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