Cristian Motca_Intrapreneur

Interview with an Intrapreneur

Cristian Motca: “Intrapreneurs can be the transition architects to a new culture, to a new business model that, one way or another, will spread faster that we can think now, model that will make not solely the difference in the market, but it will be the engine of further development of companies.”Continue reading

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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Drafting Cover Letters

Cover Letters

Receiving an average of ten CVs per day by e-mail, I am embarrassed to admit that I seldom open the “Letter of Intent” if this comes as an attachment next to the enclosed CV. I thoroughly read the CV, but I often fail opening the attached letter.

Recognizing this superficiality, I tried to find a reason (not an excuse!) and to identify ways to empower applicants to submit more appealing letters of intent.

The term “Letter of Intent” is not by chance almost synonym to “Cover Letter”. I do read Cover Letters! As paradoxical this may sound, I have a solid explanation for clarifying the apparent misunderstanding.

The term “Cover Letter” already includes an intrinsic definition: this is a letter that is put in front of a subsequent message or attachment! The Cover Letter is meant to attract the attention of the reader! An intelligent, targeted, clear, catching cover letter can be a gate-opener for recruiters!

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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

Your turn to ask questions

“Do you have any questions?”

Most professional employment interviews end with the part when the recruiter asks the candidate if he has any questions to ask.

Your questions may change the outcome of the interview! The more intelligent you phrase the questions, the more odds you have to enhance your employment chances!

Questions are meant both for you to demonstrate how much you know about the organization and to enable you and the recruiter to assess the company, lifestyle, business & people acumen, suitability for the role and in the team, ‘chemistry’, etc. It is moreover your turn to find out if the employer offers what you are seeking!Continue reading