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This guideline provides VET students with specific suggestions on how to participate in internships. It is advisable that VET trainers analyse the contents together with the students since the first steps of the organisation of the internship. The guideline covers topic such as: selection of the company; writing of the CV; behaviour rules in a company.
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1.2 Curriculum Vitae
1.2.4 CV 2.0. New Trends

CV/ resume and job searches do not change drastically year-to-year. The following areas do change: technology and skill trends (these are areas you can seize upon to get your CV/resume ready for 2018 and beyond) and economic realities and available jobs. Knowing the general health of the economy and how your industry is doing in particular can help you make your decisions concerning job seeking.

Kate Lopaze presents several trends of writing a modern CV:

Social media dominance, vast technology knowledge, evidence of emotional Intelligence and absence of references.

Taking into account social media dominance, if you use social media profiles, like LinkedIn, or Twitter, links to these career-relevant profiles should be given in the header where you put your contact information to talk about matters related to your field.

Evidence of Emotional Intelligence
Another trend that has been growing is the hunt for emotional intelligence. It is kind of the web of soft skills/people skills and is important to employers because they are looking for a team member who has not only the skills and experience to do the job well, but also to work with other team members and clients. When demonstrating your emotional intelligence list your skills as bullet points and provide a brief example of how you put that skill into play. For example:

  • Management skills – Led a multi-city team of sales reps to an 8% increase in overall sales.
  • Communication skills – Messaged quarterly revenue reporting to internal stakeholders and clients.
  • Team-building skills – Hosted on-site training sessions for new hires, and spearheaded the creation of an in-house mentoring program. Keep the bullets short and to the point.

The days of appending a list of names and contact information to your CV/resume are gone. There is no real need to provide that up front, unless the company or job description specifically asks for it. A PDF looks better across different devices and has increased security.


Online Resource
Top Resume Trends for 2017
Online article by Kate Lopaze on modern trends in writing CV/ resume.
Operative Tools

Resume templates
Example resume templates for different jobs are given. Templates of different categories (functional, creative, modern, simple, basic, professional, college, executive CV/resume) are offered for different levels, including students.

Resume Editor
A Resume template is given. You should select your level and industry. Then the Resume Editor offers a template for filling in data. Note that the sections: “Most proud of…” “Strengths” and “Volunteering” are provided for students. In “Strength” section your talents can be indicated. How to write a perfect Internship Resume (with examples) is taught.

CV
Online CV templates are presented.

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