Tailor CV to the job you want – and get it!

Tailor CV to the job you want – and get it!

Your CV is probably the most important part of your application to get the job of your dreams. The cover letter will be the place where you convince the recruiter/headhunter/company to read on, and read your entire CV.

A very good idea will be to tailor every job application with a tailor-made CV, if you want the job of your dreams, the employer should also read a “dream of a CV”.

The basic principle of your CV is to tailor it to the job:

  • Be sure to cover the most important job skills, qualifications, and experience in your CV.
  • Be certain that most parts of your CV relates to the job you apply for.
  • Use the same skills, experience, and qualifications description as in the job ad.
  • Ensure that your previous experience is clearly and relevant to the job application.

This is a lot easier to do when using Comoto, you can have several CV in the system and specialize them to the current application.

You have the basic material available from your basic CV (maybe your LinkedIn profile), and then you should just adapt that material to the wishes to you dream job.

An Outline of the basics in a CV is seen below:

Professional Summary

The prof. summary is the part where you describe your overall motivation. Here you should describe that the current job would fit into your career choice. This is should show the employer that this job is the next step on your career ladder.

Skills

Skills are mostly seen as keywords in a job add; they are essential criterias that you have to have to fill this position. It is not a question if you have them all, most people don’t or just barely, but you must include all the required skills as much as possible. Highlight the skills where your expertise really supersedes the demands highlighted and mention the rest.

Work Experience

Your former work experience needs particular care and you should try to reuse some of the skills or goals explained in the job ad. Explain you experience very concise and clear, write the roles and tasks you had. Be sure to use the same wordings as in the requirements for this job.

Use several examples, and where it is possible show how your skills where developed and refined through your previous work experience. Make it extremely clear that you have gained extra expertise through your previous experience.

Achieved goals

Goals that you have achieved on top of your work experience for each job description are extremely positive, it shows that you aim for the goals the employer puts up and that you are dedicated to the relevant tasks. Try to use examples that are related to the new job application if possible.

Educations / Qualifications

A lot of job ads describe a certain set of required qualifications. You should try to provide qualifications that meet these requirements. Sometimes you have similar qualifications, try to convince them that they are good enough. Either do it by email beforehand so that you are sure that your qualifications are good enough. This also gives you the opportunity to have a talk with the employer before you send your CV.

Your qualifications need to be direct and to the point, and if the employer describes them very details, you do the same. Make it look like you’re obviously qualified and the best choice for the job.

As described above it is not that hard to make your CV targeted to the job your applying for. Using Comoto to do this is very easily, you have the opportunity to have several distinct CVs and you can change them and have as many as you like in your portfolio. You can even make them online versions, so that you can refer to a link if you talk with an interesting person.

How to Use: The CV Recommendations feature – Comoto CV Commenting System

The Comoto CV Commenting systems CV Recommendations feature – Principles behind and background for the CV Recommendations feature:

As part of the overall quality system of our CV system but also for you to increase the quality of your CVs we also have added a recommendations feature. Hereby you can ask relevant piers to support you. Want to learn how to use the Recommendations feature.

Want to learn how to use the Recommendations feature – read below

How to use CV Recommendations feature:

First log in to the Comoto CV Manager application here

To be able to use the Comoto CV Recommendations feature you need to have created a least one CV. You will then have to go to your web profiles like shown below.

CCS_Web_profiles

 

 

 

 

 

(The name on the CV / Web profiles) shown in bottom of the picture above is not the same on yours as it will show the names you chosen for the CV).

Notice the little red square at the right bottom corner of the picture – here you can decide if the Web profile is public or private (to have the Web profile password protected or not use the icon – red = protected – green public)) – want to learn more read here.

Next step is to press the Web profile to open it – you do that by clicking the web profile and wait for it to open. Then evaluate the web profile – is it ready for Recommendations?

Look at the right for the Comoto CV Commenting System. See example below (when logged in as a Comoto user)

CV comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving a CV Recommendations

Now I change to be acting as if I was another person asked for Recommendations to Michaels CV (actually a web profile labelled “CV Comoto Examples/A Comoto example – Lorem Ipsum”).

Michael invited me by mail / sms / skype or similar and sent me the Web profile link – here  (fell free to try and add a verification).

I then have (as the Recommendator) to log in – there is several different options

Login_commenting_System_verPress Log in if you are a registered user else you can use several alternatives among others Facebook and Twitter (remember the purpose is only to identify you and to inform you about the Recommendations should it be used by another person in your name)

I then logged in (as I have a log in I used the log in)

 

 

I have made the following CV Recommendations feature (see picture below – Recommendations works like wise)

Comoto Verify

Comoto Commenting system

Comoto then send me (my name here is Test) the following mail

“Hi test Test!

Thank you for leaving a CV Recommendations on Lorem Ipsum CV at Comoto. This helps the person get better quality in his/her CV.

You left the 1/22/2013 on this CV http://app.comoto.com/cv/Comoto Examples/A Comoto example – Lorem Ipsum and if accepted by the user it will be seen on this profile in the future… Best regards The team“

Michael receives this mail

“Hello, Michael!

Kren Nielsen, Comoto added a CV Recommendations to your Lorem Ipsum (mother and parent CV) resume.

You can check it at the Web Profile page on app.comoto.com.

With best wishes,

The Comoto Team“

Checking a Recommendation

You remembered this picture from above before I made the test CV Recommendation

CCS_Web_profiles

 

 

 

 

Now look here (below)

CCS_Web_profiles_with_comments

Notice the  CCS_number_of_post – now I have 3 comments and 1 verification – the click the 1 number and you will be able to see the CV Recommendations as shown on the picture below (only show the first of the 3). Notice CCS_Icon_types  – the darker third icon illustrates there is Verify comments as well.

Comoto Verification

If you press the little black > in the Recommendations like above it will show all details (see below)

Comoto Verify

If you press Show you can turn the Recommendations showing on and off in your relevant web profile – if Show is marked you can under” Feedback on my CV” see the number of Comments (2) – see further below.

Notice – Here you can also send a fast comment or even ask for changes if you don’t like the word (it will be sent to the email received (if any) depending of the log in / authentication method)

Comoto Verification

Back to the CV Recommendations feature on the web profile (public if set as public – remember to consider that for received comments) !

CCS_Comment_webprofile

And if you press Recommendations you can see them in further details as shown below

Comoto Verification

That’s all !

Now you are ready to get CV Recommendations and use the CV Recommendations feature – and feel free to test Recommendations on the system with the team’s profile as suggested above or send us your comments by mail.

Read more about the other features in The Comoto CV Commenting System

How to Use: The CV Reference feature – Comoto CV Commenting System

The Comoto CV Commenting systems CV Reference feature – Principle behind and background for the CV Reference feature:

As part of the overall quality system of our CV system but also for you to increase the quality of your CVs we also have added a recommendations and reference feature. Hereby you can ask relevant piers to support you. Want to learn how to use the Reference feature.

Want to learn how to use the Reference feature – read below

How to use CV Reference feature:

First log in to the Comoto CV Manager application here

To be able to use the Comoto CV Reference feature you need to have created a least one CV. You will then have to go to your web profiles like shown below.

CCS_Web_profiles

 

 

 

 

 

(The name on the CV / Web profiles) shown in bottom of the picture above is not the same on yours as it will show the names you chosen for the CV).

Notice the little red square at the right bottom corner of the picture – here you can decide if the Web profile is public or private (to have the Web profile password protected or not use the icon – red = protected – green public)) – want to learn more read here.

Next step is to press the Web profile to open it – you do that by clicking the web profile and wait for it to open. Then evaluate the web profile – is it ready for comments?

Look at the right for the Comoto CV Commenting System. See example below (when logged in as a Comoto user)

CV comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving a CV Reference

Now I change to be acting as if I was another person asked for Verifying Michaels CV (actually a web profile labelled “CV Comoto Examples/A Comoto example – Lorem Ipsum”).

Michael invited me by mail / sms / skype or similar and sent me the Web profile link – here  (fell free to try and add a verification).

I then have (as the reference) to log in – there is several different options

Login_commenting_System_verPress Log in if you are a registered user else you can use several alternatives among others Facebook and Twitter (remember the purpose is only to identify you and to inform you about the comment should it be used by another person in your name)

I then logged in (as I have a log in I used the log in)

 

 

I have made the following CV Reference feature (see picture below – Reference works like wize)

Comoto Verify

Comoto Commenting system

Comoto then send me (my name here is Test) the following mail

“Hi test Test!

Thank you for leaving a CV Reference on Lorem Ipsum CV at Comoto. This helps the person get better quality in his/her CV.

You left the 1/22/2013 on this CV http://app.comoto.com/cv/Comoto Examples/A Comoto example – Lorem Ipsum and if accepted by the user it will be seen on this profile in the future… Best regards The team“

Michael receives this mail

“Hello, Michael!

Kren Nielsen, Comoto added a CV Reference to your Lorem Ipsum (mother and parent CV) resume.

You can check it at the Web Profile page on app.comoto.com.

With best wishes,

The Comoto Team“

Checking a comment

You remembered this picture from above before I made the test CV Reference

CCS_Web_profiles

 

 

 

 

Now look here (below)

CCS_Web_profiles_with_comments

Notice the  CCS_number_of_post – now I have 3 comments and 1 verification – the click the 1 number and you will be able to see the CV Reference as shown on the picture below (only show the first of the 3). Notice CCS_Icon_types  – the darker third icon illustrates there is Verify comments as well.

Comoto Verification

If you press the little black > in the verification like above it will show all details (see below)

Comoto Verify

If you press Show you can turn the verifcation showing on and off in your relevant web profile – if Show is marked you can under” Feedback on my CV” see the number of Comments (2) – see further below.

Notice – Here you can also send a fast comment or even ask for changes if you don’t like the word (it will be sent to the email received (if any) depending of the log in / authentication method)

Comoto Verification

Back to the CV Reference feature on the web profile (public if set as public – remember to consider that for received comments) !

CCS_Comment_webprofile

And if you press References you can see them in further details as shown below

Comoto Verification

That’s all !

Now you are ready to get CV References and use the CV Reference feature – and feel free to test References on the system with the team’s profile as suggested above or send us your comments by mail.

Read more about the other features in The Comoto CV Commenting System

Promote your Google+ profile as an entrypoint to your CV

Promote your Google+ profile as an entrypoint to your CV

Promote your Google plusWith just a few simple added texts in your profile, you can promote your Google+ profile to the top of the search pages. This will have a great impact when a headhunter/recruiter searches for you in Google or other search engines if you promote your Google+, thus maintaining your online portfolio perfectly and being in complete control.

As a followup article on our previous successful article about using your Google+ profile as a “Interactive CV or Resume” this article is all about maintaining and using your Google+ profile as an entry-point for your CV.

With only 3 things to change or add to your profile, it will come closer to the top of the search queries:

  1. Google+ profile / About section
  2. Links section
  3. Search visibility

 

Google+ profile / About section

In this section you should add your typical data from your CV, this includes a short introduction to sum up you as a person.

Introduction

Here you can write a small introduction to you as a person, you could take this from your professional summary in you Comoto profile.

Bragging rights

Here you write about your skills. This section is only meant to be a list of items separated with a comma mainly because in this area you have no ways to edit the layout of the text. This is making this place perfect to “Brag” with you skills and accomplishments in a list form.

Occupation

Please enter your current occupation as “Title” at which “Company”

Employment / Education

Under employment you enter your previous employment with Company name and Title and the period you worked there, please make sure this is aligned to your CV information. Under education you enter your education in the same way as employment with School name, Major or Field of study and start/end date.

Please enter them in the right order as there are for now no capability to change the order of these entries. (We have communicated with Google to either sort them either descending (Year) or to add the feature to manually sort the entries.

Links

Under links you should add links to the places where you have valid information regarding you as a person. For instance you could have a link to your Comoto Profile, your Personal Blog or Web-page, pages where you have written articles. Whether you use Linkedin, Xing, Viadeo or another social networking application for your professional network you should also add a link to that page. If you fancy you can also add a link to your Facebook profile.

One thing you should be certain off is to have the information aligned on these different links, that is don’t have information else where which are not the same as the inform you have on your Google Profile.

Search Visibility

To have the information that you have entered made available to search engines for them to index the information and make it available in search queries, the only thing you need to remember is to check of the Search visibility option in your Google+ profile. You can find it under your Google+ profile under the About section and then at the bottom of that page.

Conclusion

With this you will be able to manage the information made available about you on the Internet. A Google+ profile is ranked pretty high in Google’s search engine when searching for persons.

If you have the information listed in this article about the School’s you attended (with your degrees), places you have worked (Company and Title), Skills and Achievements (under bragging rights), Links (to more information about you) and a small introduction to you as a person under Introduction, it will be must easier for potential headhunters/recruiters to find the right information about you and you’re in control of this information. See it as an insurance to be in control of not only your CV but also being on control of other information regarding you as a person.

Best of all the Google+ profile is highly ranked in Searches done with Google and other search engines.

How to find time to create CV and search job? Optimise your job search process.

find time CVHow to find time to handle your job search process to get that perfect new job

Finding time when in job (if not also see here) to search for and get your next job can actually be rather difficult – because when you have decided that it is time to make a change in your job or have decided to test if you can make the next step in your career it is important to plan and consider the rationale behind you decision – things that unfortunately takes time – therefore choose a tool that strengthen your process and optimise your job search process.

At comoto.com we try not only to make it as easy and fast as possible for you to create a CV but also to be on top of your job searching process. We also believe a successful job searching process should be a positive experience and reduce the time you waste on tedious actions and repetitions again and again.

Usually starting the job searching process would be updating your CV at some of the CV databases you know. I suggest a different approach – take control and learn and improve and make it into a process instead of a onetime action – but that is not supported by any CV database I know of.

  • Start the planning by preparing all your documents and consider the references needed
  • Create a CV on comoto.com (you can make a quick start by importing your linkedin profile)
  • Find some relevant jobs (could even be some old job offers) – consider which skillset that would be important and think how it would be matched by your experience.
  • Consider the rationale behind you job change wish – how can you illustrate that in your CV – skillset and/or experiences
  • Reevaluate the CV and add or change the wording if needed by pushing the Edit button to build you Base CV
  • Build some additional CV’s changing the wording for you to consider the best version
  • Create some different version of your CV by choosing some of our templates and ask some people knowing you well to comments (a new feature will be added soon to help you here at comoto.com)

Based on the comments received you are ready to target your CV for each job you wants to apply – and hopefully understand this is an ongoing process with changes each time – and comoto.com supports this and ensure you stay on top.

Are we the only one recommending multiple and targeted CV’s – no – not at all!

For example in Financial Times you can read the following quote from CEO Maggie Berry from http://www.womenintechnology.co.uk

“You need to tailor each CV to the job you’re applying for. I would work my way through the job specification and make sure that each one is reflected in the CV.”

“Most candidates have just the one CV that they fire off to every employer.”

“But please don’t do that. I know some applicants say they tailor their application in the covering letter – but that might not reach the manager.“


CV Tips – CV Layout / Design of CV is important

CV Layout and Design of CV is important

Maintain different version of your CV text and CV layout, a short one as an appetizer, a general one to include most of your skills and experience and a long one which includes everything you have made.

These different versions should look alike so that you can start out with the short version and send a more detailed version if you are asked to do so. It is also useful to have online versions of your CV. Using Comoto you have that automatically, you can even put a password on them so that only people you want to see them will be able to see them.

There is not only on advice here when talking about layout and design. For instance, within the financial sector a layout with funny graphical details in it will be a show stopper in many cases, they would in many cases see that as unprofessional. On the other hand if you are working within Marketing/Branding a basic textual CV would be seen and boring. So it is important for you to make the design layout reflect you as a person and the area you are working in.

With Comoto you can do this automatically, you have all you detailed information in the database and you can have different layout for different positions or companies. Just by the press of a button you have a new design.

The Comoto Team

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 CVs – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

CV Tips – CV Phrases to use in your Curriculum Vitae

Useful CV Phrases for your CV

Though every Curriculum Vitae (CV) should be unique, it is always good to user what is called CV phrases, Power or Action words. These words can be used in a wide variety of ways, but when you describe the successes you have achieved in your Work Experience they are a must. Here, we show you some of the Phrases that can be used and how they can be incorporated in your CV. A previous article was made with a list of these words to give you an overall idea.

Here we will try to put them together in some phrases for your use. As always it is good to use these words, but don’t overdo it, use them with caution and don’t use the same for all your achievements.

  • Accomplished a turnaround of…
  • Centralised the management of…
  • Completely redesigned the…
  • Stimulated the growth with…
  • Gained widespread experience in
  • Motivated a group of…
  • Participated in group management…
  • Assisted with the creation of…
  • Examined the benefits of…
  • Established a team of knowledge workers…
  • Obtained the majority of customers…
  • Surveyed the creation of…
  • Formulated the overall strategy…
  • Managed the…

This is just a small portion of what to do with these power/action words, only to give you an indication of how to use them.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your CV or Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto CV / Resume, 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 Resume 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 or Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

CV Tips – Use your skills and CV keywords with success

Use your skills and CV keywords with success

Employers / Recruiters uses skills and CV keywords when searching databases for a new employee. They are only human as well; they search for the skills and experience they want in a person. Be sure to use the Skills in Comoto to get all the skills you have, in your CV.

You could say that they use these skills/keyword to create a longlist of people who could be interesting, after that the read through these persons and create a shortlist of interesting people, which they want to look at.

So being a CV writer you should be aware of the following things:

  • Include all relevant Skills/Keywords in your CV
  • Avoid putting skills/expertise’s in there that you don’t have

Remember that after you get the job, the employer has a good overview of what you can do, so don’t disappoint them.

Using the Skills tabs in Comoto either on you as a person or on every experience or education you might have, that gives the employer and you a perfect overview.

The Comoto Team

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.

CV Tips – Curriculum Vitae Action and CV Power Words

CV Tips – Curriculum Vitae Action and CV Power Words

cv power wordCurriculum Vitae Action and CV Power Words

Action words are used to put extra power in your CV. These action words are CV power words that put that special something into your CV, and can make it stand out from the crowd.

It is important that you show yourself as being determined and in control by using these action words in your wordings and phrases. They work well when you describe what you have achieved in your Career

  • Accomplished
  • Achieved
  • Acquired
  • Addressed
  • Administered
  • Advised
  • Analysed
  • Approved
  • Arbitrated
  • Arranged
  • Assembled
  • Assessed
  • Assisted
  • Attained
  • Audited
  • Bought
  • Budgeted
  • Built
  • Calculated
  • Captured
  • Centralised
  • Changed
  • Checked
  • Collected
  • Combined
  • Completed
  • Composed
  • Conceived
  • Conducted
  • Consolidated
  • Consulted
  • Contacted
  • Contracted
  • Controlled
  • Converted
  • Coordinated
  • Corrected
  • Corresponded
  • Counselled
  • Created
  • Cut
  • Decreased
  • Defined
  • Delivered
  • Demonstrated
  • Designed
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Diagnosed
  • Directed
  • Discovered
  • Distributed
  • Documented
  • Doubled
  • Drafted
  • Edited
  • Eliminated
  • Employed
  • Encouraged
  • Engineered
  • Ensured
  • Established
  • Estimated
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Expanded
  • Exposed
  • Extracted
  • Facilitated
  • Forecasted
  • Formulated
  • Founded
  • Generated
  • Guided
  • Handled
  • Identified
  • Implemented
  • Improved
  • Improvised
  • Increased
  • Informed
  • Initiated
  • Initiated
  • Inspected
  • Inspired
  • Installed
  • Instigated
  • Instituted
  • Instructed
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Introduced
  • Investigated
  • Judged
  • Launched
  • Lead
  • Lectured
  • Led
  • Liaised
  • Located
  • Machined
  • Maintained
  • Managed
  • Marketed
  • Modernized
  • Monitored
  • Motivated
  • Negotiated
  • Observed
  • Obtained
  • Operated
  • Organised
  • Performed
  • Planned
  • Prepared
  • Presented
  • Processed
  • Produced
  • Programmed
  • Promoted
  • Provided
  • Published
  • Purchased
  • Recommended
  • Recorded
  • Recruited
  • Redesigned
  • Reduced
  • Reorganised
  • Replaced
  • Represented
  • Researched
  • Resolved
  • Restored
  • Reviewed
  • Revised
  • Scheduled
  • Selected
  • Served
  • Sold
  • Solved
  • Specified
  • Standardised
  • Started
  • Stimulated
  • Strengthened
  • Structured
  • Studied
  • Supervised
  • Supplied
  • Supported
  • Surveyed
  • Tested
  • Trained
  • Translated
  • Uncovered
  • Upgraded
  • Used
  • Utilised
  • Verified
  • Widened
  • Won
  • Wrote

The Comoto Team

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 CVs – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

The Comoto Team

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 CVs – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

Target CV to the job you want – and get it!

Target CV to the job you want – and get it!

Your CV is probably the most important part of your application to get the job of your dreams. The cover letter will be the place where you convince the recruiter/headhunter/company to read on, and read your entire CV.

A very good idea will be to target every job application with a tailor-made CV, if you want the job of your dreams, the employer should also read a “dream of a CV”.

The basic principle of your CV is to target it to the job:

  • Be sure to cover the most important job skills, qualifications, and experience in your CV.
  • Be certain that most parts of your CV relates to the job you apply for.
  • Use the same skills, experience, and qualifications description as in the job ad.
  • Ensure that your previous experience is clearly and relevant to the job application.

This is a lot easier to do when using Comoto, you can have several CV in the system and specialize them to the current application.

You have the basic material available from your basic CV (maybe your LinkedIn profile), and then you should just adapt that material to the wishes to you dream job.

An Outline of the basics in a CV is seen below:

Professional Summary

The prof. summary is the part where you describe your overall motivation. Here you should describe that the current job would fit into your career choice. This is should show the employer that this job is the next step on your career ladder.

Skills

Skills are mostly seen as keywords in a job add; they are essential criteria’s that you have to have to fill this position. It is not a question if you have them all, most people don’t or just barely, but you must include all the required skills as much as possible. Highlight the skills where your expertise really supersedes the demands highlighted and mention the rest.

Work Experience

Your former work experience needs particular care and you should try to reuse some of the skills or goals explained in the job ad. Explain you experience very concise and clear, write the roles and tasks you had. Be sure to use the same wordings as in the requirements for this job.

Use several examples, and where it is possible show how your skills where developed and refined through your previous work experience. Make it extremely clear that you have gained extra expertise through your previous experience.

Achieved goals

Goals that you have achieved on top of your work experience for each job description are extremely positive, it shows that you aim for the goals the employer puts up and that you are dedicated to the relevant tasks. Try to use examples that are related to the new job application if possible.

Educations / Qualifications

A lot of job ads describe a certain set of required qualifications. You should try to provide qualifications that meet these requirements. Sometimes you have similar qualifications, try to convince them that they are good enough. Either do it by email beforehand so that you are sure that your qualifications are good enough. This also gives you the opportunity to have a talk with the employer before you send your CV.

Your qualifications need to be direct and to the point, and if the employer describes them very details, you do the same. Make it look like you’re obviously qualified and the best choice for the job.

As described above it is not that hard to make your CV targeted to the job your applying for. Using Comoto to do this is very easily, you have the opportunity to have several distinct CV’s and you can change them and have as many as you like in your portfolio. You can even make them online versions, so that you can refer to a link if you talk with an interesting person.

11 steps to a successful CV

11 steps to a successful CV

Your CV is like a showroom; it should display your qualification to recruiter or head-hunters as they skim your CV. How do you make them choose your CV? And how do the recruiters / head-hunters turn a pile of CV into just a few CV’s, including yours?

Follow these eleven simple tips to ensure your CV is among the few left when the recruiter goes back to his customer and says “I just found the perfect match!”

1. Find the type of CV wanted

The first thing you should do is to find out what form and style the company wants for the CV or what form and style is normally used in your line of work. Is it a two-pager, is it chronological? If you don’t know, then just call the recruiter and he/she will happily guide you.

2. Keep it concise

Your CV should be short and to the point, leave out unnecessary filling. Recruiters don’t want to spend a lot of time on reviewing a long CV – if you send them an encyclopaedic drilldown of your life to date, they won’t find the information they want. Keep it short and to the point and save the details for the interview.

3. Target your CV to the job

Take the time necessary to adapt your CV to each position you apply for. Get some background information on company and use the keywords in the job ad to find out which skills you should use and which you should leave out.

4. Personal statement

Tie your experience and work history to the vacant position so that the recruiter / head-hunter can see the connection between why he should choose you. This is best done with a brief personal statement to be sure the recruiter / head-hunter sees the connection.

5. Leave out gaps

Recruiters’ don’t like gaps – if they spot a gap they will either dig deeper to find out what is this al about (more work for them) or they will just go on to the next in the pile of interesting CV’s. If you have a gap, make a positive thing out of it, give them extra experience or another twist on the gap.

6. CV must be up-to-date

Be sure that your CV is always up-to-date, especially if it is an online CV it must always be up-to-date. Regardless of whether you’re actively job seeking, every time you gain some experience or otherwise have information for your CV, make the changes right away.

7. No mistakes and misspellings in your CV

Don’t let the recruiter / head-hunter dismiss your CV just because you made a mistake or misspelled something. Many recruiters / head-hunters see these types of mistakes as severe. They say “If you can’t even spell right or made stupid mistakes, you probably haven’t even read the CV after you wrote it.” Use a spellchecker on the text and have someone you trust, proofread it to get a second opinion.

8. Only the truth and nothing but the truth

Never ever tell a lie in your CV as many recruiters / head-hunter use references and their network to check the facts of your CV. If you tell a lie and it is discovered afterwards it is a reason to dismiss you and nobody wants that. Many times any inconsistencies are also discovered in the job by a simple Google search or at the interview and there it will be probed if they find any “lies”.

9. Remember numbers and facts

If you can – it is always a good idea to back up your achievements with numbers. Writing your work experience and achievements, don’t just tell the recruiter you increased profit; show them how much: EBIT increased 78% over 2 years, with a growth rate of sales on 30% over the same period.

10. Layout / design matters

Use a CV template that is in line with your profile. Marketing people can make something very chick and creative, but please if you are an accountant please choose a CV template that signals the right things. It all depends on the sector and what is normal, don’t use the design to make you standout in a negative manner.

11. Remember to use sector specific keywords

Today CV’s are many times online profiles, or CV’s that will be put into a recruiter / head-hunter internal IT systems for indexing and searching capabilities. These systems make use of keywords to search for, just like Google like specific keywords recruiters do so to. Make the keywords 100% aligned with the vacant position and also have some extra in there that can be the extra something to make you stand out from the crowd.

CV Checklist – better safe than sorry

CV checklist

This is a CV checklist to be sure that the right information is in your CV. Certain types of information must be included to give you the best possible chance, getting through to the important interview. A lot of recruiters / head-hunters are increasingly using online CV databases to search for potential candidates; including the right type of information will guide them to your profile. Below you can see a checklist you can use to be sure that you are in the game to get the job of your dreams.

Personal data

This is the standard data about you as a person; name, address, phone numbers, email address and soon. You might also wish to include details about your nationality, age and driving licence, it all depends what country you live in, for instance in the UK it is not advised to write ones age, due to age discrimination.

Education

Include information about your education, this includes your education but also if you have had some courses or seminars of an educational nature. Specific skills IT knowledge, languages skills and try to state which level it is on (basic, intermediate or advanced level). You should also include keywords used in the job ad for the position your interested in because recruiters will use keywords these to filter CV when searching in databases.

Work experience

You should list your work experience in reverse chronological order with the most recent most recent experience first. Use keywords to describe your experience, do it in a positive languages, using the right keywords for that sector and finally highlight your key achievements.

Skills

A section on your major skills can be used in some areas, these skills are skills acquired through you work experience and will typically be skills where you have achieved good results ore skills that you want to use in the future. The idea here is to show what you have learned in your work. Education is one thing, but the skills acquired when working is also extremely important.

References

It should not be necessary to have all the details on your referees in your CV, but you should state the basic information and that details are available on request. If you already have asked a former colleague if he would like to be a referee for you, then you can disclose his details, but if not always remember to get the permission to use them prior to handling over the contact information.

Hobbies

You should persuade the recruiter / head-hunter with your skills, experience and education. But sometimes it can be a good thing to show the recruiter / head-hunter that there are other things in life than work. Being a “whole” person resting in yourself can be achieved by disclosing your Hobbies or other interests. It gives a more complete rounded picture of a candidate.

This is just meant to be a mere idea of a checklist, sometimes regional practises or special rules in a special sector can apply, in that case use your common sense and use this list as a guideline and use your own checklist as well.


Comoto uses the CEFR standard for language proficiency

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – language proficiency

Language proficiency: In 1991 the Swiss Federal Authorities held an Intergovernmental Symposium in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, on “Transparency and Coherence in Language Learning in Europe: Objectives, Evaluation, Certification”. This symposium found that a Common European Framework for languages was needed to improve the recognition of language qualifications and help teachers co-operate, eventually leading to improved communication and cooperation generally in Europe.

Development of language proficiency

As a result of the symposium, the Swiss National Science Foundation set up a project to develop levels of proficiency, to lead on to the creation of a “European Language Portfolio” – certification in language ability which can be used across Europe.

Levels

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels:

A Basic Speaker

A1 Breakthrough or beginner

A2 Waystage or elementary

B Independent Speaker

B1 Threshold or pre-intermediate
B2 Vantage or intermediate

C Proficient Speaker

C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or upper intermediate
C2 Mastery or advanced

The CEFR describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level.

Level Description
A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

CV Tips – Not too Long, but neither too short – CV length

Not too Long, but neither too short – CV length

How long should a perfect CV be? This is always a tough question. Different experts give you different answers regarding CV length, and it also depends on the job you are applying for, and the expertise the employer is asking for. Some experts would say a one pager is the perfect length. Unless you have few skills and experiences to share and are new to the job market other experts say this is too small for a CV.

A rule of thumb would be to have just enough information in there to give the employer enough information to want you to come to the job interview, and then you can give more information or just more detailed information. Read the job ad and all the skills or experience they ask for should be in your CV if you have these skills/experiences. Be honest and don’t oversell yourself.

If you are for instance in the medical or science area a CV can be very long. CV’s of 40-50 pages have been seen, with all relevant information about the skills, experiences and project you have made. Try to summarize, but include the most obvious things. It is better to write a smaller CV and tell more at the job interview than to make the employer/recruiter fall asleep reading your CV.

When using Comoto, it is easy for you have multiple CV’s of different length, just include everything you know and use only the specific things when you create the CV for the job of your dreams.

CV Tips – Spell Check

Spell Check

One thing you should do before you send your CV/Resume, is to make sure you give it a spell check. You can use build in version in your word processing software.

After you have done this spell check it, have someone else read the CV. Just to make certain that you haven’t given wrong information or to ensure that the text is readable and easy to understand. A spell checker can easily give you a wrong “security” in the sense that it doesn’t check for wrong words used in a sentence. It is also important that you get a second opinion on your wordings and the way you write things.

Leave your CV/Resume alone, and read it again after a while to be sure nothing slipped your eyes. As your CV could be responsible of you getting the job of your dreams it is better to be safe than sorry.

In our application at Comoto we are constantly working to improve the services, and one project in our pipeline is to include a build in spell checker in Comoto, we will give you information when this has been finalized.

 

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, 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 Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

 

3 different types of career changes and how to do it !

3 different types of career changes

Why would you have to change your current job?

There are 3 main reasons normally used for changing you career.

  1. Involuntary career change
  2. Normal career change
  3. Major career change

Involuntary career change

As it says – “Involuntary” – it is out of your hands, you might be the one making the decision to make the career change, but it is what you could call a “force majeure” or a “greater force” decision. Below you can see examples of this:

  • Your new job was not as agreed in the contract
  • Redundancy caused by merger, acquisition, takeover
  • Redundancy caused by outsourcing to more competitive countries/companies
  • Redundancy caused by loss of market share or position
  • Conflict with new management after a merger or takeover; there is simply not enough chemistry between the new parties who needs to work together

“Involuntary” career change demands the best of you and your network. Sometimes it is frustrating and you would say “Why me!”. But the only thing that works in that situation is to start to plan the changes ahead in a rationally way. Before the situation becomes unbearable for you start planning your next moves and try to focus on the future instead of the past. Use you past positively and make your CV the best CV around. Activate you network and have all your listening antennas up and ready to tune in to possible opportunities. If you manage to get through this hard period of your life, you will get some valuable experience of ”change management” that would be an asset to a new employer and you can certainly talk about having coped effectively with crisis!

Normal career change

The most common career change scenario you probably already have experienced is that you believe and wants to have a better job with more rewards within your line of work. You are unsatisfied with your current employer who has for instance in salary and bonus issues dragged his feet and maybe a new company offers you more for your line of expertise. The first thing you should do is to take control of your CV and make it updated and exactly right for your next job. Then start networking, scanning for possible jobs, begin approaching agencies and headhunters. What you need is an up-to-date CV and a perfect cover-letter that explains what you are trying to achieve, and why you think you are ready to do a career move. These should be prepared before you make actually contact with any new employer or headhunter. This also needs to be done for you to be sure why and what you want and not just take the first available position you find. Have a look in our other Comoto CV Tips to get some ideas on how to write the perfect CV and remember to target your CV to the actual job at hand.

Major career change

If you want make a complete change in your occupation – after having for instance finished a new education, returning after motherhood, returning from a period abroad, served in the military or you are just feed up with the sector you work in and want to make a major shift into something that you will find more interest in, this will demand all your senses and competences to do so, and especially in the case you need to do this in a rational and controlled manner. You will also need to do this as if it was an exercise or project. It is not something that cannot be done overnight or just by making a new CV and then go job hunting as you go away from safe haven and enter unchartered waters therefore proper planning is a must. You might have to do this over time and get your network working for you, but be aware not to disclose anything for people who might become a whistleblower and go behind your back. Because then a simple wish to try something new can lead to an “involuntary” career change.

Good luck in your career change

Curriculum Vitae and CV Vocabulary

Curriculum Vitae and CV Vocabulary:

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

A summary of your work experience and education, used for job applications

Resume

American English term for a Resume (typical a two-pager – often smaller than a CV)

Cover Letter

The letter you send with your CV, with the reasons for you to apply for the vacant position with this particular company

Reference

A formal letter from an employer, describing your character, ability and experience

Referee

The named person who provide a reference for you

Background

The whole of one’s education, training and experience

Bi-lingual

Able to use two languages with equal ease

Mother tongue

The language first learned by a person; native language

Native speaker

A person having a specified native language: a native speaker of English

Career

An occupation or profession, esp. one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework

Work Experience

Knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone in the work life

Date of birth

The day on which one was born, usually as day/month/year

Education

Training and instruction at school, university etc.

Interest

An activity outside work in which one is interested or concerned; hobby

Job objective

The kind of work or challenge that one is looking for

Miscellaneous

Various; mixed [e.g.: nationality, languages spoken, marital status]

Native language

The language one first learned to speak; mother tongue

Qualifications

The education and experience that make one suitable for a particular job

Skill

Ability, expertness or aptitude in a particular activity [e.g.: language skill]

Training

The process of learning a particular SKILL [e.g.: sales training]

Position

A post of employment: a position in a bank

Vacancy

An unoccupied position or office: a vacancy in the company

Candidate

A person who seeks a job at a company: a candidate for the sales vacancy

Job interview

An interview to determine whether an applicant/candidate is suitable for a position of employment

Applicant

A person who seeks a job at a company: an applicant for the vacant position

Certificate

A document serving as evidence or as written testimony, as of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something

Diploma

A document given by an educational institution conferring a degree on a person or certifying that the person has satisfactorily completed a course of study

Curriculum Vitae

Is a latin expression which can be loosely translated as “course of life”
Background Check Is the process of looking up and compiling criminal records, commercial records and financial records (in certain instances such as employment screening) of a candidate before employing him/her

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Can your CV stand the LinkedIn Buzzword test

Overused buzzword – can your CV stand the LinkedIn buzzword test

Buzzwords has been around for ages, remember the buzzword bingo game, LinkedIn has examined 85 million profiles for the most clichéd and overused phrases and has come up with the “2010 LinkedIn Top 10 overused buzzwords” in LinkedIn Profiles in the USA.

1.  Extensive experience
2.  Innovative
3.  Motivated
4.  Results-oriented
5.  Dynamic
6.  Proven track record
7.  Team player
8.  Fast-paced
9.  Problem solver
10. Entrepreneurial

Can your CV stand the test of these overused words ?

Or if you don’t live in the USA:

* Dynamic – Brazil, India, Spain
* Motivated – UK
* Innovative – France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands

Remember that Comoto can help you create a fast CV from your LinkedIn profile – and help you maintaining multiple CV’s. With our unique inheritance feature in Comoto you only need to change the wordings in one place if you have the same wording/phrases in multiple CV’s.

This makes it easier for you to avoid being ruled out in the “buzzword bingo game” by using a full CV and not just your profile in a relationship database.

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CEFR compared to North American language proficiency standards

CEFR compared to North American language proficiency standards

Comoto uses the European CEFR standard in language proficiency. Having more and more users from North America we are looking at the possibility to have more than CEFR as the language proficiency scale in our CV application. Until we have finished that project we have found the table below to clarify for the users the major differences in the different proficiency standards out there.

The following table establishes equivalences between the CEFR and some North American standards.

The standards compared are:

  1. The CEFR itself
  2. Interagency Language Roundtable Scale (ILR, United States)
  3. American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines (ACTFL)
  4. New Brunswick Oral Proficiency Scale (NB OPS, English and French only)
  5. Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB, English and French only)
  6. Public Service Commission of Canada Second Official Language Proficiency Levels (PSC, English and French only)
CEFR ILR ACTFL NB OPS CLB PSC
A1 0/0+/1 Novice (Low/Mid/High) Unrated/0+/1 1/2 A
A2 1+ Intermediate (Low/Mid/High) 1+/2 3/4 B
B1 2 Advanced Low 2+ 5/6 C
B2 2+ Advanced Mid 3 7/8
C1 3/3+ Advanced High 3+ 9/10
C2 4 Superior 4 11/12
4+/5

The Comoto Team

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 or Export to many different formats.

Do you need a fast CV or the right CV?

Do you need a fast CV or the right CV?

Need a fast CV now or a well considered and specific targeted for that one particular job you want! – by the way this is what we call a Comoto CV clone.

Seeking a new job is not just about sending the usual and standard CV you made ages ago – most of the time it requires an evaluation and maybe a Curriculum Vitae created/build especially for that particular job opening.

Sometimes you just need a fast CV, here and now because you have been contacted by a recruiter or found a job opening through your network – with Comoto it is a matter of seconds to send one of your CV’s (and if you don’t have one yet you can import it from LinkedIn or Europass in less than 32 seconds our latest tests shows).

But as mentioned most of the time you have enough time to consider and prepare the optimal strategy for the application and accompanying CV – what is important for you in the job, why are you the perfect candidate, which are the skills needed, which are the skills to emphasise – are some of the questions to ask yourself. Use an existing Comoto CV to create a clone (our word for a copy as you copy sorry clone everything – not just the text but also the structure, etc.) change and add to ensure all the considerations you have made in advance are covered – save and test several templates – which designs fits you and the situations best (if none send us your ideas) – before you pick the optimal one.