6 things to remove from your CV

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1. Primary or high school information

Unless you are a fresh graduate you should not include information about primary or high school in your resumé. Focus on recent certifications, trainings and Bachelor, or Masters Degree only.

2. Unprofessional photo

Some may say you should remove the picture from your resumé, especially in the US, but I think that here, in Europe it is a must to put a good picture in the CV, as recruiters remember you more if you do and you will anyways meet them in person, so I see no need to hide your face. In my opinion recruiters are human as well and we remember visual content easier. But if your resumé picture is “scary” it might scare recruiters, so only include a picture if it is professional, so no pictures of your cute pets, significant other or party pictures.

3. Passive language skills

If you really can not use a language anymore, as you studied it 10 years ago and never used since I believe it is worth to remove it. Meanwhile sign up for a language course and get it active again. 🙂

4. Series of short-lived jobs

You shouldn’t include all the jobs you did during studies and which lasted less, than 3 or 6 months and are not relevant for the job.

5. Really obvious skills

Everyone says they are a team player, creative and flexible in there CV. Put something original and prove your creativity or don’t put anything! 🙂

6. Unprofessional e-mail address

It might have worked in high school, but no one can take you serious anymore with an email like “sexycat@gmail.com”.

+1 Marital status

After publishing this post I got a suggestion from my network for an additional thing to be removed, which is the marital status. I agree, although later you might be asked if you have a family etc. The most irrelevant I have seen in a CV has been: “Martial status: In a relationship”, so don’t forget you are not on facebook. 😉

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The best job boards in Switzerland

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I have already promised this post for quite many people, so finally it is here. My main motivator for publishing this post is that I receive a lot of inmails, emails from job seekers, who would like to relocate to Switzerland or look for jobs here and they don’t know the best job boards.

Of course I am also not an expert in this, so I might leave out some good sources for finding jobs, if so please drop me an email or mention them in the comment section, so I can add them to the “list”. 🙂

1. Classical job boards

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I think the most well known job board is jobs.ch where you can find quite many open positions. You should keep in mind that advertising a role on jobs.ch can be fairly pricey for employers and not everyone can afford it (wants to spend so much on advertising) so it is definitely not enough to search for jobs only here.

The number one in Romandie is jobup.ch

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I find monster also a good portal, less expensive, than jobs.ch and it is also international, so you might already know it.

Although jobserve is more UK oriented, I think you can still find numerous Swiss job openings.

Indeed is always our friend as it crawls all over the job boards and collects relevant openings in one place, also in Switzerland.

And to have the whole picture on this link you can find all job boards for Switzerland, this pretty much covers all industries from health care to hospitality. So enjoy the browsing 🙂

2. Professional networking sites

I find Linkedin Jobs one of the best sources for finding job ads, you can also sign up for news letters with new job openings.

But do not forget you are in the DACH region, so also browse jobs on xing or if you would like to look for a job in the French part try viadeo.

3. Other social networks

There are many groups on facebook where members can share jobs

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Startup Jobs in Zürich

4. Glassdoor

I find Glassdoor one of the best sources as it monitors the career sites of companies and notifies you about their openings, so it gives a great overview. Besides job search you can also find salary information and ratings for many companies.

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You can also find many reviews about companies on kununu as kununu is the “glassdoor” of the DACH region.

5. Target list of companies

If you don’t speak German it might be challenging sometimes to find a job here, of course it depends a lot on the industry etc.

But this blog offers 122 companies who hire English speakers in Switzerland: 122 Companies That Hire English Speakers in Switzerland

So after listing all these job boards I must say you shouldn’t forget about your personal network, as you may realise an old classmate or former colleague is already in Switzerland and he or she could refer you in their company. 🙂

Good luck with your job search!

Time to face reality

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This picture appeared so many times lately on my news feed, that I really need to react to it.

I really think you should not expect all these 10 things from one workplace, especially as we all change by the time. The same thing which you found challenging during your first year may not be challenging after a while and the company may not be able to adapt this quickly to your needs or when you are studying or having young kids besides working you may not need such a challenging work, as you are already “challenged” by everyday life. Of course it is good if there is room for development, you are empowered, but seriously you cant expect all this from an employer.

It is like saying the perfect wife should be: good looking at all times, a careerist, manager kind of women, who is sensual and needs the men to protect her and take care of her and at the same time a mother of five who never tells her husband to help in housework. I bet if someone would have posted this so many people would be offended.

I think we should wake up and focus more on reality and read more articles like “Stop Fantasizing About the Perfect Job” to be happy and content with our life.

Happy SysAdmin Day!

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July 25, 2014 15th Annual

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System Administrator Appreciation Day

Your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome sysadmin (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running. So say IT loud; say IT proud …

Happy SysAdmin Day!

Wait… what exactly is SysAdmin Day? Oh, it’s only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important holiday of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come rain or shine, prevent disasters, keep IT secure and put out tech fires left and right.

At this point, you may be thinking, “Great. I get it. My sysadmin is a rock star. But now what?” Glad you asked! Proper observation of SysAdmin Day includes (but is not limited to):

  • Cake & Ice cream
  • Pizza
  • Cards
  • Gifts
  • Words of gratitude
  • Custom t-shirts celebrating the epic greatness of your SysAdmin(s)
  • Balloons
  • Streamers
  • Confetti

Show your appreciation

 Friday, July 25, 2014, is the 15th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication. (All day Friday, 24 hours, your own local time-zone).

Let’s face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement. It’s the least you could do.

Consider all the daunting tasks and long hours (weekends too.) Let’s be honest, sometimes we don’t know our System Administrators as well as they know us. Remember this is one day to recognize your System Administrator for their workplace contributions and to promote professional excellence. Thank them for all the things they do for you and your business.

Source: http://sysadminday.com/

Aprende a ser feliz!

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Con mi profesora de espanol estabamos hablando esta semana de la felicidad…

 

Quería compartir mi libreta de ideas con vosotros. 🙂

1. Olvidate de las noticias, no miras la tele, pero concentrate en tí mismo un poco!

2. Deconnectate del internet y olvidate de facebook! Queda con tus amigos en la vida real!

3. Sonríe mucho! La gente van a reflejar tu positividad!

4. Disfruta y cuida la naturaleza! Haz excurciones, toma el sol cada día!

5. Ayuda a los demás! Apuntate para un trabajo voluntario!

6. Adopte a un gato o perro!

7. Descrubre el mundo junto con tu familia!

8. Habla mucho con tus abuelos y escucha sus historias!

9. Inspirate! Lee mucho y escucha videós TED.

10. No deja de aprender nunca: Haz un curso en coursera!

11. Experimenta algo nuevo!

+1 Echa un vistazo a estos videós:

Aprende a ser feliz!

¿Te Atreves a Soñar?

Sou-feliz-do-meu-jeito

 

Dühöngő: Miért van ennyi spam linkedinen? (Blog post in Hungarian)

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Ma végre ismét úgy érezhettem magam, mint egy Junior .NET fejlesztő, akit Senior Java fejlesztői pozícióval keresnek meg….

Ma reggel ez az üzenet várt a postafiókomban linkedin-en:

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Majd még egyszer délután is megkaptam ugyanazt.

Aztán később 3 óra körül:

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Egyébként még több tucat kolléga megkapta ugyanazt az üzenetet, gondoltam írok nekik reply all-ban, hogy egy ismerős céghez HR menedzsert keresnek Budapesten, hátha valakit érdekel. De nem, azért ennyire nem vagyok gonosz.

Azt pedig a mai napig nem értem miért olyan nehéz néhány embernek a -ba, -be, -ban, -ben helyes használata. Itt egy link, ami mindent elmond (általános iskola 3. osztályos anyag). Azt már meg sem kérdezem, hogy az egyelőre és egyenlőre között tudják-e mi a különbség… 😛

Ezután már nincs min csodálkozni, hogy miért van “rossz híre” a Háereseknek. Ha valaki még engem is így spamel, akkor gondolom mit művel az adatbázisában levő 10.000 jelölttel.

Mit gondoltok? Túlreagálom?

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