The hiring process can be different from country to country or even from company to company. To help VanHackers reach their full potential and have the highest chance of landing an international job, we developed our platform to account for these differences so the candidates wouldn’t have to worry about not knowing what information to add to their resumes.
Are you still having a hard time getting your profile just right? This post is for you. We have put together some tips and ideas on how to write a killer international CV and get noticed by recruiters.
Detailing your experience is the number one, most important aspect of your resume when you are looking for a job abroad. On a local level, other items like where you went to school or what companies you worked for may be relevant. In an international hiring process, however, this information doesn’t carry the same weight. Instead, companies want to know all about your skills and what kind of problems you can solve.
Talk about your experience
Your current resume is probably a long list of projects you have been involved with and that’s great. When you fill in your profile on our platform make sure to expand on it. For international recruiters, it is not enough to know the name of companies you have worked with. Make sure to describe your activities, challenges, and accomplishments.
Learn more about how to talk about your experience.
Show your results
Maria Alfaro, CEO and founder of English for Canada, has great advice on how to expand your profile beyond a simple list of technologies and tasks. “Do you have any statistics or results you could share? What if you’ve coached a team? What if you’ve taken your team to have profits? Or if your project has shown increased sales for an e-commerce company?”, she suggests. “Whatever it might be, show it off, don’t be embarrassed, don’t be shy. This is when you want to show off your skills and your unique selling points.”
Speaking of “showing off”, our Success Team wants you to know our platform has room for plenty of external links that can help you drive your point home. That means you can also work on your profiles on sites like LinkedIn or build a robust portfolio on GitHub, and connect them all to your VanHack page. Make sure to use as many as possible.
What to say when describing your experience
Talking about what you do and providing details about your everyday work activities may be hard if you are not used to it. What should you emphasize? We suggest you use the STAR method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result and it’s a nice way of describing your skills and accomplishments straightforwardly. First, you explain the situation, which means you have to talk about the project or challenge you took part in. Next, describe what task you had in hand and the actions you implemented to complete it. Then, describe how your work led to reaching a goal or result.
If you are a software engineer, this is what talking about a job experience using the STAR method might look like, according to Indeed.com:
“A previous employer tasked me with creating an internal online learning and training program for employees. The purpose of the program was to make sure all employees received proper training on certain topics, including customer service, compliance with legal requirements, and workplace ethics. I began by researching other similar training systems to figure out what worked and what didn’t. Next, I used Java to code a simple program, which I then used to upload training courses”.
Learn how to use the STAR method to talk about projects in this doc.
We are here to help
And finally, remember we are here to assist you if you need any help with your profile. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to impress potential employers so put out your best profile. If you are not feeling 100% sure about how to fill in your information on our platform you can request a one-on-one session with our Profile Advisor.
You can learn more about individual consulting sessions here.