Category: Job seeking

Let’s be perfectly clear: Writing the Summary on your CV

The fact that there is no clear right or wrong in resume writing frustrates some job seekers, especially engineers, whose training has focused on the importance of getting whatever they’re designing, building, etc. exactly right. After all, a poorly constructed highway overpass would be proof that somebody had clearly gotten something wrong somewhere along the … les mer

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Job Seekers: Can you write less and get more?

The other day I looked up the origin of the phrase ‘less is more’. The Wiki definition says that it was first used in 1947 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was what he felt architectural design ought to be; meaning, in other words, 1) simplicity is better than elaborate embellishment, and 2) … les mer

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Shopping and CV Writing: Can you curb your urge?

Have you ever thought that shopping and writing your CV have something in common?— —I didn’t either, until two things happened to me this past week which made me think that these two activities – life necessities that they are – could be compared. The first happened when I got in a CV for proofreading … les mer

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CV Writing: Giving up before you even start?

After spending as much time proofreading CVs as I have, I can write with certainty that people sure don’t like writing CVs. Which is understandable, given that a) most people don’t like writing, b) most people don’t like writing about themselves, and c) most people don’t like writing about themselves because they have to in … les mer

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Cover Letter Writing: It’s All About (What) You (Can Offer)

Having proofread cover letters for a long, long time, I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been getting in quite a few with the following about why the writer wants the job. Have a look at: This one: I think the summer job at your company can offer me what I want in a working day: collaboration, … les mer

North Sea Decommissioning: Norway’s New Oil Adventure?

Have you ever wondered where old oil platforms go to die? Not being any oil industry insider myself, I’d not thought a whole lot about this question until putting together a presentation two months ago about how oil-producing Norway was handling its recent economic downturn. Not being any math person myself, I was easily impressed … les mer

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Repeat As Needed: What Job Seekers Should Tell Themselves

Saying to yourself ‘They’d be lucky to have me as an employee’ before throwing yourself off the deep end of the job search swimming pool doesn’t mean you’re an egomaniac; on the contrary, you’re just giving yourself what you need to keep your head above water in the upcoming process that will at times try … les mer

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Older Job Seekers: The Painful Need to Leave Your Past Behind

Since we’re so often told that all of our previous life experiences have formed us into the individuals we are today, it’s hard to leave out large numbers of them when telling our story to others. Yet do this we must at times – especially if we’re actively looking for a new job. But what … les mer

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No, Really: Why Didn’t I Get the Job? Foreign Speakers’ Need to Be in the Interview Feedback Loop

Recently, I posted an article about our need to find out why we didn’t get a job offer after being interviewed. Something we said? Didn’t say? Just the basic ‘wrong background’ story? Unfortunately, interviewees quite often get a corporate-speak e-mail thanking them for their time, etc., but offering no real reason why they didn’t get … les mer

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Lost in (Cyber) Space?: Sending Your Application Into the Webcruiter Black Hole

As Robert from Duluth (or Hibbing, depending on who you ask) sang so many years ago, The Times They Are a-Changin’; never more so than in the workplace, as I was recently reminded of when becoming an evening student myself at a resumé and application letter writing course. And must admit that while sitting there … les mer

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