Continuing with the post Change, change, change… This will be my first tip if you are overseas and want to come over to Dubai and get a job.
Have your resume in English… Sounds obvious? Yes, I thought so, but from time to time I still receive CVs in French, Spanish and Italian… so it must not be that obvious and it is the basic, without it, you cannot start looking any further, even if you are targeting companies of a specific nationality.
Also make sure it is checked and corrected, doesn’t have spelling mistakes and it is accurate and very important… True. Never lie on your resume.
Make sure too that you have basic categories to facilitate the reading of different sections. Every sector might have different types of categories, but for most of the jobs a general approach will be something like this:
With your full name, email, date of birth, if you have driving licence, nationality, if you are married or single and of course contact details with phone and address.
Here is where you can place your picture. Make your picture reflect who you are and what you are aspiring to be. White back ground for profesionals, always, please.
Organise it chronologically inversed, I mean, place the last thing you studied on top and see what it is relevant and adds value for the recruiter. Like if you studied in University, don’t mention the primary schools you attended. Recruiters will read between the lines that you did well enough in school to reach there.
Further education/ Other courses
Here you can state the courses related or not to your main education. And depending on the courses, see if they are relevant too. Some extracurricular activities will show a gift or a talent you possess. If you have a particular skill that can add value to the potential employers or that you like so much you want to work on it more, place it here.
I have been related to hospitality for a number of years and well, for us, communication is crucial and the tool is the language. Nowadays, speaking other language is a plus, no matter the sector you might think of. When you state the language, also mention the level, can you hold a professional conversation or just say dirty words or easy commands for waiters to bring you a beer? If you have studied it, name the school and the years when you studied there. If you got certified, make sure it is beside the language to highlight it.
Follow the same inversed Chronological order that in the rest of the resume. The most recent jobs got in the first positions. Explain briefly what your position entailed and the dates when you started and finished.
Were you an Olympian? Do you have hobbies you want to share? Reading? Painting?.. if it is Partying and Sleeping… don’t mention it. We all like that but it will get the recruiters with the wrong image of you. This part has to be brief, 1 or 2 lines maximum.
Try to fit the entire resume in maximum 2 pages. Recruiters have a lot of work and it needs to be short, sweet and to the point. Make sure you emphasize your skills and what could help you get the position they are searching for.
Also the CV shouldn’t leave your hands without a proper cover letter. It is important. Trust me. There you make reference to the position you want to apply and explain what it is that you think you can add value to the company, your experience and skills. Are you responsible? Dedicated? Do you learn easily?
Make sure you are happy with your cover letter and you feel represented by what is it said there. Here again. Never lie. It is a waste of your time and also of the company selecting as this things will show sooner or later.
Well, enough for now, I leave you to do your brand new resume or if you have it already, update it and refresh it before we keep on walking the rest of the Series.
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