Why do we have a Comoto comments

Why do we have a Comoto comments section

CEO commentsAt Comoto we believe that your CV management as well as your Job Searching process could and should be easier and smarter, making your day as happy as possible, instead of being annoyed on old, outdated, complex and to many CV databases or Job application processes.

We also believe that these processes also should ensure that it is the right person that gets the job – instead of the wrong person whom for example could find out how to handle a way too complex process or the wrong person telling the most lies – in other words better and simpler processes could be an advantage for all parties.

We also believe the right person should get the job because he or she is evaluated on a full CV and not just a short profile – also for you to make sure that the job is proper for you career right now and that you have a fair chance for success in the job.

CEO commentsOn our path in making Comoto more and more successful but also from our day to day life we have experienced and learned issues and thoughts which we would like to share with all of you. They are for you to think about – maybe even learn from or maybe consider to adopt and thus increase your chances of getting that job that will rocket your career.

This is why we have created the “Comoto Comments” section, should you have any comments and/or suggestions for a subject please write to me at ceo@140.82.38.88

Erik Nielsen, CEO and founder

Comoto and Europass CV – What is Europass CV all about, the video

What is Europass CV, a video sometimes tells it all….

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKOLQmgPEMg

Comoto supports Europass CV

Comoto CV engine has an integration to Europass, which supports the Europass curriculum vitae (CV or Resume). It is possible to either import an existing Europass CV or export your Comoto CV to a Europass XML CV.

Read more about the implementation of the Europass integration here.

Read more about the Europass import feature here.

Read more about the Europass export feature here.

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your CV and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto CV, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your CV and finally export to your favourite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your CV. Notice other unique features – like multiple CV’s – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job and export to many different formats. Also see the Multiple CV’s features.

Comoto Europass features – Show what you’re capable of!

Comoto Europass features: What is Europass

Europass featuresWhether you are planning to enrol in an education or training programme, looking for a job, or getting experience abroad, it is important to be able to make your skills and competences clearly understood.

You can read more about Comoto Europass features here.

Europass is a new way of helping people to:

  • make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe (European Union, EFTA/EEA and candidate countries);
  • move anywhere in Europe.

Europass consists of five documents:

  • Two documents you can fill in yourself
    • Europass curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Europass Language Passport (CEFR standard)
  • Three documents which will be filled in and issued by a competent organisation
    • Europass Certificate Supplement
    • Europass Diploma Supplement
    • Europass Mobility

Europass is supported by a network of National Europass Centres.

Europass has been established by a decision of the European Parliament and the Council of 15 December 2004 on a single transparency framework for qualifications and competences.

Comoto supports Europass

Comoto CV engine has an integration to Europass, which supports the Europass curriculum vitae (CV). It is possible to either import an existing Europass CV or export your Comoto CV to a Europass XML CV.

Read more about the implementation of the Europass integration here.

Read more about the Europass import feature here.

Read more about the Europass export feature here.

 

Comoto launches Europass integration (CV import/export)

Comoto is proud to you inform that we are now launching a full Europass integration to the very popular European CV format Europass – making it easy for you to create a Europass CV or to import your Europass CV to be able to use all the smart Comoto CV management features within seconds.

Europass

Europass integrationEuropass was developed by the European Union to have one standard CV format with all the necessary information for it to be used in all EU member states. As this EU CV standard ensures the same visual look and feel and the same content structure the use of the Europass CV is increasing every day.

The website for Europass created 3.8 million CV’s last year, but please notice that on the Europass site you only create your Europass CV, but not save the CV data you have entered. If you want to change your CV data you have to upload your Europass CV again and make the changes and then download it again to your file for further use.

Comoto not only ensures a smooth and easy update but also an easy access to the many Comoto free CV features and many free CV templates making it possible to use your Europass CV data for your next application or job interview.

Europass and Comoto

Europass integrationComoto’s CV integration includes both CV import and CV export features – the import features also makes it possible for you with our fast import from Linkedin to create a Europass CV in seconds. You can also easily update, choose a free template and generate for example as many word or pdf templates you wish.

Comoto becoming the center of your CV dialog

Our new unique Europass creating and conversion feature takes us an important step towards being your central site / hub for working professionally with you CV as well as your job applications and cover letters. We will be adding further features ensuring you will able to “take full control of your CV”.

My name is Lorem Ipsum and a I have just been contacted by a headhunter regarding my nonsense CV!

My name is Lorem Ipsum and a I have just been contacted by a headhunter regarding my nonsense CV!

nonsense CVIn the last couple of weeks I have illustrated some of the dirty tricks and issues with CV’s and the job process and I have with examples illustrated that both candidates and companies not always behave with the appropriate ethical standards and moral – but what about the CV database owners and their behavior?

Comoto have over the last couple of years tried to learn and understand our competitors and potential partners better. To evaluate features offered by these we have on a regular basis added a profile to their CV databases. To ensure that the administrators of these CV database understand that these CV from us is only for testing we use names that makes it clear for the reader that it is for test purposes only. We use names like Test Tester or Lorem Ipsum and the CV’s data field’s, text or resume template is without any doubt complete nonsense.

Even though we believe it is clear for everybody that nobody could have any interest in our test CV we have received many emails from CV databases providers informing us that our CV is or have been of interest to some of their customers and therefore we need to do particular actions – actions that only have the purpose to illustrate for the CV database’s customers that their CV are more often updated, their users are alive and also more active than the candidates actually are!

This questionable behavior and by purpose deceiving emails have been received from many CV databases and also some of the biggest CV Monsters of the industry as well as international players of the CV Industry and clearly illustrate that several of these CV database providers have built automatic systems to generate an artificial interest in your CV / Curriculum Vitae for you to be positive and use that particular CV database and/or to perform their wanted actions.

From our side we believe this behavior is another example of why you should take control of your Resume dialog and manage your Resume, Resume Templates and your job process carefully as well as to protect your privacy.

For you as a candidate the above described behavior also have the negative side effect that you over time will stop reacting on mails from CV databases – unfortunately and in particular if the contact was actually correct and valid.

If you have experienced similar behavior or other doubtful actions to increase a CV database’s traffic and user interest please let us know at theteam@140.82.38.88

BTW: – For your information – Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s – like “dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. In non tellus eros. Vestibulum ac nulla nibh, at posuere leo. Proin mollis blandit lorem eget consectetur. Maecenas sodales vehicula odio, vel commodo neque adipiscing a. Sed ac dolor suministros turpis. Maecenas tincidunt skabelon aliquet massa, malesuada como to adipiscing justo egestas vitae. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus”

CV honesty is it still virtue or is it long gone?

CV honesty is it still virtue or is it long gone?

cv honestyAt Comoto we still believe being honest in your CV pays off (CV honesty) – but we also know we might be a bit naive – lies in CV’s actually happen and seems to happen a lot – or does it?

Every time a public person or a high flying CEO has been discovered lying in their CV, the debate starts all over again – and in Comoto’s home country the debate is hot these days due to Amanda Jacobsen a female CEO of Gate-Gourmet and her CV lies and expected criminal wrong doings – similar case is in the press in Germany due to Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (German Defense Minister) academic misconduct.

These current cases and a lot of other cases shows that it is easier for the candidate than ever to compile a false CV and lie in their CV – but also two other important facts.

  • The lies could have been discovered in minutes if the CV receiver had been more professional; and
  • The lies stays as they are produced – years later when you might not need it – it is part of your past history and today the internet history is easy to find and check.

But how big of a problem is CV misconduct actually – every time a story hits the press statistics are mentioned – is it 10%, 25% or 50% of the CV which have errors, omissions, too much “hot air”, lies and/or nonexistent careers or educations?

Some of the biggest surveys on candidate CV’s for discrepancies have been done by The Risk Advisory Group (TRAG), whom annually reviewed over 3,000 candidate CVs for discrepancies, said that candidates misled firms over everything from employment gaps to fraud committed against previous employers. Their survey shows:

  • 49% of CV’s submitted in 2006 contained false information; and
  • 65% of CV’s submitted in 2007 contained false information, a staggering rise of 16 per cent and very high numbers;

Women in their early 30s tell the most CV lies as 77% of the female CV’s contains some kind of untruth; and for Men – close to half of the CV’s for men in the early 20s have some misleading information;

Many of the CV discrepancies uncovered are simple errors or omission but around 10% are more serious!

Remember a misconducting candidate could have a legal responsibility when knowingly accepting a job offer under false pretenses and as soon as you begins to obtain money under false pretenses it may well be deemed as fraud or deception and in most cases it results in a termination of your employment and also remember this new “experience“ will be added to your public CV and can be easily found by any future employer.

Therefore – just don’t do it!

At Comoto we are working on new free CV / Curriculum Vitae features which we hope will make it easy (a matter of seconds) for any employer to see if your CV is correct and accurate – and therefore should be evaluated – and awarded – accordingly!!

Job interview preparation – Good questions you could ask at the job interview

Job interview preparation – Good questions you could ask at the job interview

Any decent headhunter/recruiter would in a job interview situation at some time ask you if you have any questions. Probably it would be at the end of the interview.

If it has been a bad interview and you don’t like the position/don’t want the job, just say no and get out of there. But if you still like the position you should have prepared some questions beforehand if they has not been answered. Out of courtesy to the headhunter/recruiter’s time you should ask how much time they have for these questions. In this way you can ask the most important questions if the time is limited.

To prepare for this you should have done some thinking before you enter the interview but also throughout the meeting you should make some mental notes to prepare for this. If you have anything you would like to elaborate on or you want to have something clarified, now is the time to ask.

By asking you also show the company that you care and that you are interested in this job. You have the opportunity to interview the employer to assess whether this company and this specific position is a good fit for you.

Possible Interview Questions to Ask

  • What are the responsibilities of the position?
  • How would you typical week/day be in this position?
  • Is this a newly created position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
  • Whom will I report to? and will I be offered a change to meet this person?
  • How many employees will there be in this department/office?
  • Do you have a relocation scheme in the company?
  • What about travel, how much will be expected? Is there a travel policy in the company?
  • What style of management is the company using?
  • What are the prospects for advancement in the company?
  • Is overtime expected, and is there a policy for that?
  • What is the “one” special thing that you like about working in this company?
  • Would you like to have a list of references?
  • If I am offered this position , when will I have to start (date)?
  • Do you have any question to my qualifications / CV ?
  • Will there be a interview number 2, or do you have a special procedure for hiring people? (2 job interview and a personal test) or?
  • Do you have any outstanding question you would like to have answered?
  • When can I expect to hear from you again?

Off course this is not a final list, depending on the situation and the chemistry at the job interview, you should be able to read the person you’re talking with and know which question to ask and which not to ask.