Dreaming of a life in a warmer country? 7 ways to improve your resume to get hired in Spain!

Article by Anna Krol

Are you tired of severe winters and long autumns, boring food options, not friendly people on the street and lack of vitamin D?

I hope you are ready to start a new life in another European country. Spain can be one of the best options now, especially because it is emerging from the long financial crisis. It means that the Spanish market is opening for new opportunities, more foreign investments, different sectors and technological innovation. Besides, the sun is always high, the cuisine is fresh and delicious and people are very friendly.

If you are still not sure if you can be the right candide to get a job in one of the companies based in Spain, I prepared for you a couple of great tips on how to improve your resume to get noticed!

Do not underestimate the executive summary

Many people forget about this important part of the resume. Bad idea. When you do it right, a compelling executive summary at the top of your resume will serve you as a sales pitch. Remember that HR people don’t have much time so they are scanning your CV and most probably the first thing they will see is your executive summary. In just a few impressive sentences, it should highlight your relevant experience, your accomplishments, and provide information on what you can offer for an organization to grow.

Identify Accomplishments not Just Job Descriptions

I found that this is a no. 1 mistake most of us are making. Try to understand the HR managers, they usually know that a certain role requires certain responsibilities. Your task is to show, what exactly did you do and accomplished. This may seem like a difficult exercise at first, but it usually ends up being very productive. It is also really valuable step, especially while discussing your performance on the later stage, in the job interview. Now, jog your memory and get creative. List out everything you accomplished in each of your prior roles. Write it all down – big and small.

Cater Your Resume for the Industry.

This is really important step. Each industry looks at your CV differently. If you are a graphic designer, it would be great if you could make your resume more creative and maybe interactive. If you are a marketer, maybe it would be beneficial to give some statistics and metrics from your marketing campaigns. If you are a developer, you can show your portfolio in the links attached to your resume. It may sound as an extra work but it is absolutely doable. This is a strategic positioning to sell yourself as an undeniable fit—especially when you lack the same experience as your competition.

If you have a portfolio or website, share it in your Resume

To make long story short, I share what Clayton Wert, a career coach from The Muse said:
It’s acceptable to use links in your resume, cover letter, or any form of the job application—assuming you’re submitting it online. I’m of the belief that 90% of applications are now online, and you should be adding links to your portfolio, your LinkedIn page, and possibly more depending on your industry and the type of work that you’ve done. It’s best to put as much out there as possible when applying to jobs, because attention is everything in the job search.

Referrals!!!

Job seekers know the power of networking in their search for employment. An effective way to make the most of your connections is by asking for referrals. So before writing an effective resume ask for referrals among your previous employers or mentors. If you want to make your resume stronger, at the end of your employment part you can attach a quote about you from your referee, his/her name and company. It will definitely impress.

Use Action Words

Set yourself apart with action verbs, achieving language, and concrete tasks that describe what you have contributed rather than what you have done on a daily basis. Don’t worry, using action verbs in your CV is as easy as any other form of writing, as long as you know what to include and what to look for. Avoid passive sentences like: A promotion to supervisor was awarded to me after only one year of service. Instead write: After only one year, I earned a promotion to supervisor.

And finally: Avoid mistakes!

Check your spelling and grammar, read your document backwards and have a friend (or two) look it over. You can never be too safe.

To sum up, those tips should help you to stand out from your competition and help you to get to the second round in the recruitment process. Good luck!