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First day of French

I had today my first French class after over 12 year. When I was younger, I studied it for 11 years, from primary school to the end of high school. I think that I was pretty good at it, but not speaking it since 2003 may have damaged my ability of speaking fluently and decreased my knowledge of French grammar.

Last Monday I took a test and I was assigned to a UF3 level class at IEPSCF Namur. The levels here are from 1 to 7, with two more (UFDA and UFDB) for absolute beginners.6a00d8341d417153ef010534d6e12c970c

It was an interesting first day, meeting my colleagues from all over the world, although I haven’t really spoken with any of them. I`m a bit shy in such occasions. I prefer professional networking instead of socializing with friends.

From now on, four days a week, four hours per day, I`ll work on improving my French. Wish me luck :).

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Start my start-up

In the past few months, since my professional activity “slowed down”, a lot of thoughts have crossed my mind. I was thinking what my next job will be, what my future will look like if I took a job, if I don`t take a job.

A cartoon version of me now!

But one of the recurring thoughts was that of going solo. I thought about becoming an entrepreneur. I had no idea what to do (until a few hours ago) or how to get the funds to do it. READ MORE!

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A “fragmented” CV for the real me

A good friend recently told me that recruiters and companies are afraid of hiring me because I`ve done too much and too little at the same time, and my CV makes them believe that either I haven`t decided yet what to do with life or that I am always on the lookout for new positions. Continue reading “A “fragmented” CV for the real me”

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Career counseling #8: Formatting your CV

Greg has now finished his studies, had a few jobs and his life is going in (almost) the right direction.

But, before this, when he was younger (he`s now 30), he couldn’t even get a job interview. It wasn’t that he didn’t have the skills or the passion that some jobs entailed. It`s that he had a very ugly CV and he didn’t even bother to apply correctly.

When he saw a posting, he clicked Compose in his email, put down the address, write “Application for…” in the subject field, attached the CV and click “Send”. That`s all he did for a few hundred jobs he applied before he turned 25. READ MORE!

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Recruitment do`s and don`t`s

This was supposed to be an article posted in my “Career counseling” series. But, because it is a more personal content, to which every person reacts differently, it is a standalone piece. This article is meant for organizations that recruit themselves, whatever the position is.

In my life, I have been on both sides of the recruitment process. I drafted the ad and job description. I’ve sipped through countless resumes and cover letters. I was mean enough not to reply personally to those who were rejected, but to send an automated response.

I also sent tens of CVs when I was desperate to find a job, sometimes customizing the CV and cover letter to fit the job description perfectly, but sometimes just sending the standard one with just a click of a button. The advices are here.