Maybe you have an art degree or you’ve spent years teaching English in the Czech Republic – that doesn’t mean you can’t make a successful career jump to a different field on the Prague jobs market.
Thanks to historic lows in unemployment in the Czech Republic and a record high number of vacancies, local companies across numerous industries are willing to train the right candidate, no matter what their background. Month-by-month over the past two years, the Czech Republic has consistently registered one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU.
The unemployment rate in the Czech Republic dropped from 3.9% to 3.7% between January 2018 to February and March of 2018, continuing a downward trend and reaching new twenty-year lows.
That’s good news for job seekers on the Prague jobs market where languages and life skills can play a more important role than actual job experience.
Prague Employers Willing to Train the Right Candidate
Veronika Hejdukova, branch manager of Grafton Recruitment, notes some of the specific sectors where individual potential and a willingness to learn count more than proven experience on the Prague jobs market:
“Currently there is a high demand for candidates in the areas of IT jobs, accounting and finance jobs, and, particularly HR jobs where salaries have increased over the past few years,” says Ms. Hejdukova.
Ready to make a big job change? Ms. Hejdukova suggests these tips for optimizing your application on the Czech job market.
How to Optimize Your Application On the Prague Jobs Market
- Take a Course – Become proficient in the software systems specific to the industry you are interested in. Take classes in finance or business. Enroll in a refresher course in Microsoft Office, especially brushing up your Excel skills.
- Cultivate Your Languages – Aside from English, candidates who also speak German, Scandinavian languages, and other less common European languages such as Dutch or French have become increasingly desirable on the Czech job market.
- Demonstrate Proficiency In Using Social Media Platforms – Being an active user on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) demonstrates that you’re connected and visible. If you’re seeking a position in recruiting, for instance, you may even use these platforms to screen potential applicants.
- Tailor Your CV – Don’t meet the requirements for a certain job? Be creative and think about transferable skills that make you look like a good fit on paper. And keep it brief, no more than 5 bullet points for any work experience that is over ten years old.
- Be Flexible – While you may have years of experience in your field if you’re starting over it’s realistic to anticipate that you may have to get your foot in the door at an entry-level or junior position. The good news? Given the high expat turnover rate in Prague and the Czech Republic, there are frequently new openings in the above-mentioned sectors.
CV vs. Resume
If you are a jobseeker from the US or other countries where a resume is more common than a CV, you might want to consider putting together the latter. So how is a CV (curriculum vitae) different from a resume and how do you write one?
Short and simple is the resume’s mantra, while the CV wants to know a little more about you. The main differences between the two are in length, what is included and what each is used for. In the US, a CV is used, but mainly only for academic or research positions. In Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, employers will expect to see a CV. A CV will typically run two or more pages; while the resume’s goal is to give the reader a brief sample of your education, skills, and professional experience.
The Best CV for Switching Industries
The nice thing about a CV is you have the possibility to include more details than in a simple resume. However, that doesn’t mean you should include organizing the neighborhood tea parties as a child as an example of your leadership skills. You need to choose carefully the information you’d like to share and make sure it is relevant to the position. When discussing your current and past job positions, a short detailed summary written in a simple, clear and formal style is best.
There are a couple different styles of CV that may help you focus on designing yours. The functional CV covers your career history, skills abilities, and expertise. This is a good CV if you are looking to change careers and want to highlight transferable skills. A chronological CV (most common) also details your career history (in chronological order) as well as your educational background. You would choose this CV if you are staying in the same field and want to show career progression.
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