I moved a lot between the private and the public sector, going from research to policy and consulting. This made my CV to look like it was bombarded.
After applying to a few research jobs and a discussion with a recruiter friend, I drew one conclusion: your CV doesn’t really matter.
By this, I mean that no recruiter (in a broad sense) will read your CV if you do not have those 2, 5 or more years of experience precisely in the field that he/she is looking for. For example, for a research job, if you didn’t work just in research, you don’t stand a chance. Continue reading “Irrelevant professional experience”
Starting from the comments in my Career Counseling #15 article, I am writing about the flexibility in your job application.
From previous experience, I found that, in order to get pass the CV screening, you have to write the keywords that the screening software is looking for. YES, most companies are using screening software and even the perfect candidate won`t get passed it if the CV isn`t formatted the right way.
Mea culpa: Omission can be useful sometimes.
If, for example, during the summer, you work in a fish canning factory in Alaska for some extra money, it might not be useful and, sometimes, it can damage your application. If you are applying for a junior consultant position in EU Affairs (let`s say), the skills that you acquired might not be relevant for the job.
Going further on the flexibility subject. Continue reading “Career counseling #18: Flexibility in job applications”
I read an article and watched a YouTube video 2 days ago. It was on the “startup madness” that we see all around us. Everyone wants to create the next Facebook or a million dollars business in agriculture. Let`s say, all people wants to hit it big and this in just a couple of months.
Of course, the majority will do everything to have this: work for hours and hours, sacrifice their private life and forgetting they have a family and friends. That`s so wrong from my point of view. Continue reading “Getting entrepreneurial #3: the 50% rule”
For quite a while now, I had the idea in mind to start a business. Unfortunately, no idea came to my mind. In the past few days, I did a mental to-do-list on what I know and what I can really do. I tried also to see what I need to learn to do….something which I haven`t yet figured out that I want to do.
Easier to say: I did a SWOT of myself. It seems that, in the “S” part of the analysis, I didn`t find to many things to put. I will continue to thinking about it.
The “opportunities” part included, mainly, things that I want/need to learn. I needed extra “space” in my head to get that done (took it from the “strengths” part).
Overall, it seems that I need to quit having free time and go to work…on anything my mind puts me up to.
The conclusion: you first need to do a self-analysis. In order to start a business, you should try a find out if you can become an entrepreneur by yourself or if you need someone else to help you. You may be brilliant on the technical part (of your idea), but the business side also counts.
P.S.: I just finished a big list of things that I want to learn and test.
There comes a time in a person`s life when they get bored with everything they’ve ever done and start searching for the meaning of life. Most of them never find it because they are afraid to try new things.
In this post, I am speaking about entrepreneurship.
I`m sure that many persons have thought about opening up their own business and becoming successful entrepreneurs. But they get blocked. Not by lack of finances or by administrative procedures, but by their own minds. Continue reading “Getting entrepreneurial #1: the push”