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Re: How to change the story my resume tells?

This is an invitation to open a can of worms. Suffice to say that it depends a lot on the job type.


In my field, you perhaps want to stay away from companies insisting on receiving the traditional Swiss applications. Those companies also traditionally don't value any innovation, grit and intelligence (defined as an ability to use your accumulated knowledge and past experience to tackle entirely new problems effectively, not just blindly repeat what you were trained for). Well, I won't go into a lengthy debate over this.



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The tradition and expectation of CV and/or Resume varies a lot from country to country.... I'm not sure I agree with your advice. In my experience, the expected document in Switzerland more closely resembles a ''CV"


More info here:

https://www.velvetjobs.com/resume/cv...ume-difference


I think it's perfectly normal to have many jobs between 14-24 and I'm not sure why you would feel you need to reduce it... my longest job before age 30 was 4 years, and was mostly part-time and I concurrently worked for 2 or 3 other employers at the same time!
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Old 04.01.2021, 00:32
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Re: How to change the story my resume tells?

you are only 22, you should probably list everything if it doesn't even fill a page. Write that they were temp jobs if that's the case.

What is your answer if somebody calls you and asks you about the job switches, or the nebolous title you wrote instead of all the jobs?
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Old 04.01.2021, 08:41
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Re: How to change the story my resume tells?

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I'm 22 and still in university and am currently looking for a job with a higher workload and have found it difficult to find one since I have no initial education and thought that all the job changes might make me let me appear a bit jumpy (but I've been with my current employee for a year now, only it seems that I won't be able to work more since they've hired qualified people "in the field" I work in).
As a student you wouldn't in my view by expected to have had continual employment. Two of my children are students - their timetables change every semester. So say they got a job at a takeaway. The next semester, they might have to quit as shifts won't fit in with lectures. With Covid-19 the situation is even more volatile as there are fewer casual/temp jobs around - periods of no employment during 2020-2021 are to be expected.

I'd list the current job, and the ones relevant to the work I'm seeking, or that I think demonstrate some kind of positive attribute - and put thosee under a heading of "Student jobs".
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Re: How to change the story my resume tells?

I highly recomend that you read the blog askamanager by Alison Green.
She has tons of suggestions for how to improve application materials.

Start with her step-by-step guide to writing a resume and then look through the posts in the resume category.
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Old 04.01.2021, 10:49
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Re: How to change the story my resume tells?

Firstly to change the story a CV tells. Change your CV. If you are updating and revising an existing document, you are just re hashing it.

Create a new template and see how that goes. Look for ideas on line. Doing a whole new document may create a new story in itself.

If you are worried about large gaps in your CV and consider 18 to 20 while you were a student a large gap, I suppose you are fairly young. Do the Swiss even have student jobs? As some one mentioned, collate these positions as 'various student jobs to support my education between the years of X to Y'

Irrelevant jobs to the position you are applying for shouldnt take up any room on your CV. No one will want to read you worked part time in a supermarket if you are applying to be, I dont know, a clinical trials manager in pharma. But of course mention them if you need to pad and use qualities that you gained from these roles that would be needed in the job you are applying for, ie customer service skills, time maangement etc etc.
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Old 04.01.2021, 10:50
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Re: How to change the story my resume tells?

In the summer holidays between my 2nd and 3rd years at uni, I signed up with an employment agency and ended up with a series of casual labouring jobs - glueing diet brochures together, beer deliveries, washer up in a works canteen, packing in a frozen burger factory, broke-handling at a paper mill (which folded the following year....not a music-hall joke!).

When I was applying for my first „proper job“ after graduating, in my CV I mentioned the holiday jobs in a single line / paragraph. Such was removed when applying for the second job.

Even later on, when I was a contractor I had some some short-and-sweet six-monthers and a couple that were a year or three with extensions. I listed these as the skills used were relevant to the next gig I was chasing. I had one permie employer question this - so explained this is how contracting works. In more recent versions of the CV I simply listed the contracting period as „employee of MyCo Ltd / GmbH“ and said something like „worked on a series of client projects including...“.

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Re: How to change the story my resume tells?

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Hah, seriously, they asked that? I know that Employers and people in general hate it when they can't use your personally identifiable details to find you on social media, but it's interesting that they thnk this is even slightly relevant to raise with you in person unless it would be related to the job you are applying for.

How did you reply, if you don't mind me asking?
A former CEO at our company used to bang on about how important social media are for crafting our message and reinforcing the brand.

Yet he didn't have an account himself. At least not under his real name.
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A former CEO at our company used to bang on about how important social media are for crafting our message and reinforcing the brand.

Yet he didn't have an account himself. At least not under his real name.
Probably too busy trolling his competitors.
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A former CEO at our company used to bang on about how important social media are for crafting our message and reinforcing the brand.

Yet he didn't have an account himself. At least not under his real name.
I started to apply for a position in Luzern once. All correspondence was through the website of a hiring agency, and applications could not be submitted without sharing LinkedIn, FB, and Twitter info. I don’t have any of those things so...their loss not mine
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I started to apply for a position in Luzern once. All correspondence was through the website of a hiring agency, and applications could not be submitted without sharing LinkedIn, FB, and Twitter info. I don’t have any of those things so...their loss not mine
I mean seriously wtf... Linkedin I can kind of understand due to the professional aspects, but no company has any right to ask for your Facebook details unless maybe you are a PEP (Politically Exposed Person) and they need to check if your profile has any public negative exposure.

I would always say I had no FB account, even if I did.
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I mean seriously wtf... Linkedin I can kind of understand due to the professional aspects, but no company has any right to ask for your Facebook details unless maybe you are a PEP (Politically Exposed Person) and they need to check if your profile has any public negative exposure.

I would always say I had no FB account, even if I did.
They won't ask, but many of them will just quietly screen if there any easily googlable s**t on you before hiring, including checking your FB, twitter etc., if they are publicly accessible.

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I don't know what role you are shooting for, but list your jobs and add your responsibilities. That's all.
I suggest to phrase them as achievements rather than tasks/responsibilities.
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