According to your chosen profession or the job you are going for, making your CV exciting and different could provide a competitive advantage over the other candidates. There is no doubt that the content is the most important information to convey but the way you do that will also give an impression about your skills and abilities, and will be taken into consideration by the departments that receive it.
In this post, we will show you three new presentation methods so you can then think about which one best suits your professional aspirations.
If you are active on the social media, you will have noticed that infographics are in vogue. These visual representations of ideas (associated with text and graphics) are very attractive and can provide the attention you seek when sending out your CV. There are many websites nowadays that offer tools for designing infographics without the need for expert design knowledge (p.e. Canva, Easel.ly or Infogr.am).
As you must have heard many times already, a picture speaks a thousand words; in other words, it is not the same to read a series of skills and aptitudes in a person than it is to see how they perform when communicating them. A video CV is one way to personalise yourself, put a face to your name, give yourself a voice, a presence, etc. It is true, however, that this method requires effort and preparation to convey a good image. There is no point creating a video CV that adds no value. Rather, you should feel confident and competent when making one. We recommend you make several versions and ask your contacts to provide feedback on how to improve it. The following principles should be taken into consideration: make it brief (no more than 2-3 minutes); precision (do not repeat yourself); and suitability (consider the characteristics of the position and the company).
Social Media CV
Social media are tools that, when used properly, can help us reach more people and do it better. This does not only mean having an up-to-date CV on LinkedIn but also making use of online platforms where CVs can be created as a website or even buying your own domain name with your name and surname in order to present all your relevant academic and professional experience. Furthermore, Twitter or Pinterest can also be used to publish this information. For example, you could create a noticeboard called: My CV.
As you can see, there are many alternatives to choose from. Find the option that best suits you and show the world what you can do.
Related article: “10 reasons to use Twitter when looking for a job”
Ana Gómez Regidor
Development Department ACCIONA
One of the moments which could cause nervousness is the first day at work. To feel part of a company, as elsewhere, takes time, so a good starting is a point in favour.
In the event that you have doubts about what to do, we provide you some advices that will help you to face this day in the most competent way.
1. Be informed about the company: knowing about their business is always valuable, because is a sign that you are attentive and an interested person. This point will help you to understand some conversations where you will participate in that day.
2. Rest: Even if you’re nervous the day before, try to go to sleep as soon as you can, because lack of sleep is a negative factor for attention and mood.
3. Do not delay: For a good starting, study the route in detail and leave home with plenty of time in advance. To arrive before is better than making the person who will receive you wait.
4. Bring a notepad: being prepared to take notes is advisable during this day. Surely, you will feel that you are receiving a lot of information, so you will appreciate to have notes which help you to remember things later. Anyway, do not worry if you need to ask, your workmates also lived this experience and do not have problems to help you.
5. Ask for schedules: knowing what time your workmates eat is a way to engage with them and immerse yourself in the culture of the company. It is also important to know if the company keeps the same schedule during holiday periods.
6. Read company policy: Surely, the first day do not start with the tasks entrusted to your work position, so taking some time to read the company’s corporate documents will help to future possible queries.
7. Be grateful: Education is always an important value in human relationships, so please thank people when they help you or report on a topic. The fact that people see you as an educated person will improve their relationships with you.
Ana Gómez Regidor
Development Departament, Acciona S.A.
1. Be prepared
In an interview, the interviewer needs to notice a genuine interest on your part. If you want to demonstrate that interest, there is nothing better than devoting enough time to prepare the interview. This fact is the difference between good and not so good applicants.
2. Don’t forget paper copy of your CV (without crumpling)
It can be used as the guide for your explanation. If the interviewer has not printed the CV, you can always offer it to him/her.
3. Rehearse some answers, but do not memorize.
During your interview preparation you must keep in mind your main ideas you would like to transmit, but you have to avoid learning them by heart, because your performance could be unnatural.
4. They have all the information about you, do the same.
You must research some information about the Company. A good analysis of organizational culture, the position you are applying to and your career plan is important both for asking questions that are truly relevant for you and for making a good impression.
5. Arrive ten minutes before, not an hour earlier.
If you arrive too early, wait outside the bulding. In this way, you can avoid pressuring the interviewer.
6. Speak positively and as a self-confident person.
Your attitude in a job interview should be attractive to your listener. You must speak in a good mood, with positive sentences. This is how your body language will be perfect.
7. The interviewer could offer you the job.
Be nice with him/her, even if some the questions make you feel uncomfortable. He/ She is the person who decides among a list of applicants.
8. Take time to prepare your answer.
Do not be afraid of remaining silent for a few minutes to think about your answer. In an informal conversation, you take time to think, so it is not unreasonable in an interview either.
9. Breathe, breathe, breathe
Breathing is the only way to control those signs of nerves like turning red, sweaty hands, shaky voice… When we are in a tense situation, we hold our breath as frightened person does and it causes those signs.
10. Accept you can make mistakes
Perfect job interviews do not exist. You can make mistakes, so in that moment you must go on and keep your self-confidence.
HR Analytics Departament
Acciona Human Resources
An expert course, a Masters, an MBA…making the right choice when
it comes to picking a training program can boost
your career. If you’re looking around and you’re baffled by the
range of options, the following are some of the key
aspects that you should take into account for choosing
1. The quality of the teaching staff
2. How interesting the program is
3. The reputation of the institution running the program
4. Job bank service and internships
5. Type of attendance (face-to-face/online)
The importance of each category will depends on what you expect
from this training. Regardless of your goals-build up your
knowledge in a certain specific field, change your career track,
enhance your skills or broaden your contact network- you can
arrange these different categories in order of importance. What do
you think of this list of aspects? Which one do you consider
most important for choosing the right training program?
In ACCIONA we have launched a pilot project that uses
a game as a learning method.The aim is for employees to get
acquainted with our competency model and the meaning of each
competency – and you could say that it’s child’s play!
The game is easy and lasts just 5 to 10 minutes, time enough for
users to display their skill and agility. After passing each game
level, players receive information on each competence. And to keep
them motivated, they are ranked according to how quickly they get
through the game.
There are many ways to learn and there are certain things that
you can learn by playing. Did you ever learn anything by playing a
game? Do you think it’s an effective way of learning?
Eloy Lopez del Rio
Community Learning Manager