Artist Daniel Balanescu

WORKSHOP: “The Job Seeker’s Guide”

Why am I looking for a job?

I am Jobless …

I am unhappy at my current job …

  • with the present job scope or the mid-term perspectives
  • with the company (the company as such, the direct manager, the team dynamics, etc.) | I anticipate changes in the company, which will also have an undesired impact on me
  • with the salary (financial package)
  • out of personal reasons …

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Salary Expectations

Salary Expectations

Another controversial article is making internet rounds and debatable waves these days. The CEO of a career consulting company speaks strongly against the right of employers to ask candidates about their current salary or financial package. She advises job applicants to refuse divulging their present salary and to insist on firmly stating salary expectations only. Moreover, she urges candidates to become quite verbally aggressive toward potential employers if they ‘dare’ asking such questions (?!).

Subsequently, I have read a variety of comments related to the above mentioned article. In my professional opinion however, I would say that the author of the article did rather a disservice to potential job seekers. Therefore, as much as my input will not be a ‘popular’ argumentation, I will herewith state my point of view on this subject.

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How to write your CV

CV Writing

In 20 years of recruitment I must have read thousands CVs and probably drafted hundreds while assisting individuals in their quest for exploring new employment opportunities.

The average time for writing a meaningful, accurate and appealing CV is of 4-5 dedicated hours! This is quality time! No joking. The time spent looking back, assessing past achievements, indentifying key areas of expertise, knowledge and skills is a rewarding experience! It moreover helps you to look into the future with full confidence and feasible targets.Continue reading