by Paul Disu-Lord,
Job seekers should learn that the hiring company is a business and as such success is about excellence. Hollywood understands talent is why the movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street” and futue blockbusters will gross many $$$millions.

Every stage of the hiring process is an opportunity to make your best impression. We did not read your Cover Letter nor your CV because our decision about whether to call you for an opening is based on a 5 to 10-second glance at your cover email & CV. So make sure we can quickly spot the essential information. Here’s some tips on how to get a job in Europe.

Your bio is your business card

Boil your bio down to a maximum of one or two pages. Consider adding an executive summary at the top, letting us know what makes you special. For example, “BA Oxford, 3 years teaching experience, fluent Spanish,” will get your message through, even if the recruiter does not read the rest of your CV. Avoid clichés like; “dynamic,” “proven track record” or team player.
People make snap judgements about who you are within the first few seconds of meeting you. They do the same thing with your CV. So it’s important to think about whether this potential door opener is making the best possible first  impression. Apart from the obvious things that could get it deleted like spelling or grammatical errors. You need to be aware of more subtle CV turn-offs. Here are some common mistakes.
  1. There is no white space? Just as you would never show up for work in t-shirt & torn jeans on Wall Street, you want your resume to look clean-cut, professional and artistic. A CV that’s crowded with text does not look attractive.
  2. Hiring managers want to know what you can contribute to the company. Your CV should be clear about your relationship with the advertised role.
  3. Your CV is too long? You have to sell your experience with a kiss. Keep it simple, stupid!
Leave everything else to the interview stage and of course, you should call the hiring company to confirm that your CV is being processed.
Giving and getting advice is not always an easy exchange, yet it’s an important part of doing business – Harvard Business School.
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