Thank You!

With the 2013 fall semester soon coming to an end, we decided to seize the opportunity to thank those who contributed to our career workshops and activities this past semester!

We held a total of 12 career workshops over the course of the past 3 months, where we invited and had 23 guest speakers on board to hold these workshops for our students.  Our guest speakers came  from employers such as Dreamwork Scandinavia, Academic Search, EON, roi:recruit, TNG Group, YouCruit and Joblink, etc.,  and they brought with them a wealth of knowledge and information which they in turn shared with our students in order to better help equip them for their current and upcoming job searches.  Additionally, we internally held 11 CV workshops during this time-frame.  The students who attended our workshops ranged from bachelors to masters students coming for various programmes across the university, such as English Studies, International Relations, Computer Science, Leadership for Sustainability, Interaction Design, Public Health, etc.

On Tuesday of this week, we invited all of our guest speakers to join us for a thank you ‘fika’, and the day after, we had a similar event for the students who had actively participated in our workshops this past semester.  Our guest speakers and students were given the opportunity to mingle with one another, and we in turn received useful insight and feedback on the services we provide.  This will only help us better service our students in the future!

Karriärvägledare/Career Advisor

Annie Schreiter & Peter Martinsson our students in the future!

We can now wrap up and end this semester knowing that we have all expanded our network of contacts, we’ve become more knowledgeable about the job search process, and we can look forward to the year to come.

Happy holidays to all, we look forward to a successful and promising 2014!

Annie & Peter, Careers Service

‘Don’t tell me, show me’ – YouCruit’s Video CV Workshop!

Mats Holmbäck from YouCruit held a well-attended and inspiring workshop in the Student Center on October 9 about the way of the future when it comes to applying for jobs. It looks like the traditional paper CV days may be gone.  The future seems to be leaning towards an electronic CV with an embedded video!

Via a video CV, you can show who you are, let your personality shine, sell your background and expertise, and explain how you can contribute and be an asset to an organization.  YouCruit’s video CV tool allows you to easily fill out your CV and record a 30 second video. You can then send your tailored video CV link to the company you wish to apply to.  According to Mats, the click ratio on your video CV link is much higher than your traditional CV, which in turn increases your chances of getting better end results with your job search.

To simplify things, you can connect your Facebook or LinkedIn account to your YouCruit video CV link.  If you decide to do this, think twice about your Facebook content you have posted that may not be appropriate to share with your future employer!  You can choose yourself if you want to use a simple introductory video made directly from your PC or smart phone, display your projects, or upload a more creative video you’ve made yourself (max 50 seconds).  The important things to think about are that your video is tailored to the company/job(s) you are applying for, and that you stand out amongst the crowd/your ‘competition’, in a positive way of course!  Keep in mind, that you cannot change the font, template, color, etc. of your CV page, which means that if you would like to present yourself in a creative fashion, you must do so via the video that is embedded in the video CV.  YouCruit will come out with a new and improved video CV in just a few weeks, so keep your eyes and ears open for that!

Whether or not a video CV is the way of the future, and that “30 seconds of fame” is the new CV, remains to be seen.  One thing is for sure, however, this is certainly a different approach one can take in presenting and marketing oneself while job searching and it is certainly one worth giving a chance!

Good luck, be creative, don’t be afraid to stand out, and be different!
Emily, Intern, Careers Service