IO2 - CV Guideline

IO2. CV Guidelines

The CV guidelines is to allow applicants seeking forms of engagement to link their CV to experiences gained through projects like 3Economy+, other Erasmus+ projects and EU programmes in general when focusing on the building of capacity in relation to economy, marketing and tourism. As a suggestion, part of the CV guidelines could link up automatically the experience listed by the applicant to the codes, websites, project reports, publications, other forms of research, and IT tools (e.g. online maps) that exist online in order to make their references easily checked, verified and expanded upon.

In terms of visual display, the CV Guidelines should allow applicants to be concise, precise and clear. In relation to language, the CV should allow for a diversity of languages to be used, allowing for links between references in different languages.

The CV guidelines should be operable with other EU tools such as ESCO compliance and Europass. It should also address the recognition and framework provided by the European Qualification Framework. Competences should be related to European frameworks of competences, such as ENTRECOMP for entrepreneurial skills and DIGICOMP for digital skills.

1. VISION

The 3Economy+ vision allows this CV guidelines to present the strengths and opportunities that the applicant can bring to the organisation/position provider by focusing on those skills and competencies that stem from experience and knowledge in the fields of economy, tourism and marketing. The CV guidelines allows for a modular approach highlighting the applicants' experience and knowledge. Furthermore, this information can be presented in a combined way to bring out and highlight the synergies between experience in and knowledge of the three areas of economics, tourism and marketing. Finally, in a way that completes the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) approach, the applicant may choose to touch upon the weak spots they feel they have, which they wish to address through further exposure to the fields of economics, tourism and marketing, and work on in order to develop their own skills for the benefit of the organisation/position provider.

2. AIMS

The CV aims for the integration between skills and contents provided by the project.

3. OBJECTIVES

The CV can reach its aims by adopting a dual approach:

i. providing the applicant with a clear yet flexible structure that allows them to highlight their strong points.

ii. do so by linking the content of their application to life experiences that may be both personal and professional. The aim of this approach is to provide evaluators of the CV with material that is strong both in content and form, allowing them to catch a glimpse of the person behind the application.

4. STRATEGIES

The impact being sought is one of crafting a story about the applicant's trajectory in terms of their professional development, and doing so in relation to the organisation being approached for employment or other forms of engagement (e.g. internship). Applicants need to be encouraged to remember that the main question to be answered here is 'What is in it for my employer/organisation I am applying to?' because this is the main question the prospective employer/position provider is interested in. Therefore, the CV guidelines proposed here is special because it allows the applicant to combine their priorities with those of their prospective employer/position provider, and finding common points and strengths. In other words, an applicant would be looking to present a win-win situation.

5. GUIDELINES EXPLAINED

These guidelines are to be taken by the applicant as a set of parameters to be included in their model of CV so as to cover the new skills and competences acquired during the project 3Economy+.

5.1. Assessment item: Position sought

  • Employment sought: This space allows for description of employment (position) being sought by the applicant. 
  • Motivation for consideration: This level allows the applicant to explain why they want to be considered for this employment opportunity.

5.2. Assessment item: Information on applicant

  • Profile: This is a means of presenting oneself in terms of personal & professional profile in an executive summary manner.
  • Skills & Competencies:
    • Follow annex I to complete this section.
    • This section is arguably the most important. Prospective employers need to understand and evaluation, quickly, what skills, competencies and capacities are being gained by the engagement and employment of the applicant. Therefore, this space allows the skills presented to be the priority, rather than the actual employment history, which will follow. It is suggested applicants link their skills to context. In other words, skills gained and explained in this section may be linked to contexts of time and/or place. This link allows for two things:
      • i. one an explanation of how they were acquired
      • ii. the applicant may connect that experience to the situation of employment being sought, applying their skills to what they think they can contribute to the position being sought.
    • Some of the skills & competencies listed may also be highlighted in order to emphasise the appropriateness of the skill to the position being sought. A few examples, including exchange of best practice, developing research tools & employability, thus the CV may include skills related to: leadership skills; teamwork; management skills; research; IT tools. The CV guidelines may be flexible enough to allow for additions to be made, as in the case of the Language Skills below.
    • The CV guidelines may also allow the candidate to emphasise skills and competencies, rather than a chronological history of employment or other experiences, in order to bring to the fore experiences gained during studying periods, including abroad, as well as benefiting from voluntary services and experiences. The CV guidelines would allow the applicant to present themselves in the strongest and most relevant light possible, by focusing on skills and competencies across different areas of their personal and professional development.
5.3. Assessment item: Further information on applicant
5.3.1. Employment History
This space allows for the listing of employment history. This need not be the most important section. Therefore it may feature later in the CV, or brought forward, as necessary.
5.3.2. Languages
This section allows the applicant to list their language skills, the degree of knowledge and use in work situations, and link them to real life contexts (e.g. having learnt a language through their upbringing or travel during internships, study visits or leisure travel with family or friends). The aim is to further the approach of their application that may be both personal and professional, and furthermore, combining both aspects to allow the applicant, through the application, to stand out. In the project, English has been used as Lingua Franca and activities have been designed to promote advance communicative skills related to the three main areas of study of the project. Besides, basic knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese has been developed through online activities and intensive programmes.
5.3.3. References
These should be concise and restrict themselves to names of mentors or guides in the development of the applicant's personal and professional formation. They may include contact details, information about their latest position, and a note about why they are important to the applicant.
5.3.4. Affiliations or Memberships
This section may allow the applicant to list those organisations they belong to and how membership or affiliation helps them develop their competencies in the fields of economics, marketing and tourism. Furthermore, they may allow the applicant to explain how their connections, networks and other relations may help them contribute further to the organisation they are aiming to join through this application.  
ANNEX I. LIST OF COMPETENCES AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
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