interviews are a matter of course today. But how does one deal with actual or perceived breaks in the CV scores? For example, if you have changed several times the field of study. A year and a half on a trip to Southeast Asia, is sinking in. Or because of a deep Depression, a break had to take.
Jürgen Hesse explains how the candidate so-called gaps in the CV, or turning points should present. He is consulting with his business partner for more than 30 years, people in career processes. They have co-written some 250 books and more than 1000 Workshops and seminars given.
Mr. Hesse, you were after studying psychology for almost a year unemployed myself. Has this hurt your career?
at the Time, I thought, the world is waiting for me. But because of that has ever waited on me. Already when Writing the CV, I had to labouring me pretty. So when I was invited to my first interview, I made a pretty bad figure. You wanted me to summarize the results of the research of my thesis in a nutshell together. Since I came to the stutter. Before the next interview I was able to sleep so bad, that I with a Torticollis am, a woke up torticollis, which is a typical psychosomatic disease. With my crooked neck I went to the interview and have given to me in a conversation a lot of effort. That did it, I was taken.
the Offensive – in this case, physical weakness of the deal: guess the other applicants?
My slate neck was not overlooked, and I explained that I was able to sleep for excitement. A bonus point was sure that they knew me there, where I had applied already. I advise candidates actually always obvious weaknesses better self-address. For instance if you are very excited, they focus on the short. Then the excitement subsides.
"does not have to match all declarations of absolute truth."
unemployment, long breaks, diseases – there are many reasons for gaps or cracks in the CV. Should you keep prefer?
What's that, a gap or rupture is called? That means that you have not lived there? They were frozen in shock? If you present your Vita, then it is important that you not present this alleged gaps so that they stand out too much. You should avoid formulations like: from 2011 to 2012, looking for work or are unemployed. For high school graduates, it is by the way perfectly normal to change after the completion of the study immediately in a permanent employment relationship. According to the University, there is a tolerance of over a year.
a certain length of time recruiters take a closer look, if in the CV gap?
in Principle, recruiters have no pain at all to take someone who was a couple of months without a Job. On the contrary, these candidates are highly motivated. You should only take care that this period is too large. Especially in the case of someone who is a little older, there is a growing risk that one gets to hear: you are now 53, do you want to work at all? You should prevent, by providing a good explanation for the so-called gaps. And training, self-employment, voluntary work are there good keywords. If you have been abroad, have you made language courses, jobs and their intercultural competence expands. Not all declarations have to correspond absolutely to the truth.
"unsparing openness, is sometimes completely out of place."
they encourage applicants to lie?
you should lie in any case, when it comes to professional skills. If you claim to be the biggest computer geek, and in truth, you can use it just like a slightly smarter typewriter – it comes out fast. The A and O of the application is to have a red thread. Even if there are interruptions because I have cared for the parents, have a house built, then I have to see how I put the good in my Vita. Because as a candidate I should present myself from my best side. I see the candidate as an entrepreneur, as a problem solver. The employer – I prefer to say the Client has a Problem, and I can help with my skills when it comes to Solve. To do this, I must be me but what I have to offer. Since I do not hang out with a question like: What was two, three years ago, why did you leave there after such a short period of time the company? However, you should have in any case a response to it, if there is a demand.
How would you justify a bad degree?
The conclusion is important to Note less. A recruiter then, he asks, would like to know how the candidate handles a question. You give appropriate information, respond you more charming. I had to repeat, for example, in a class, because I was a loser in Latin. I would say in a job interview exactly like that. The charming and witty variant would be: I was 14 years at the school, I couldn't disconnect at all.
"In the job interview, you want to get to know the people with whom you work later. "
What is addiction with severe mental illness, with drug or criminal record?
work does not have to legally answer seen a candidate on such issues; and if he answers Yes, he must not remain in the truth. One Exception To This: A Criminal Record. After that, you may ask, if this is for the future activities of the applicant are important, such as in the case of an application for a security service. If they are longer than a year failed – for reasons you are not necessarily in a good light, then is it really useful and necessary to present this a little differently. The recruiters don't want to know your divorce story in Detail. As a conservation would be as open as completely out of place.
And when to persist?
Then you must also say: stop, stop, I don't have to list my hospital stays and my nightmares tell. This is my limit. Always remember: In the interview you want to get to know the people with whom you work later on, under the circumstances. Of course, you should also provide information about things that have not gone in your life so smooth, you can not damning as well – just not so that you break even on yourself.
Created: 06.12.2019, 13:51 PM