Getting Your Resume Ready For International Jobs or Business


Whether you are looking for a job or are bidding on a services contract with an international client, it is often the case that you will present them with your resume or the resumes of team members in order to show them the level of talent that you have. Of course in most cases, the resumes can be posted online and easily reviewed by clients.

What happens, however, when you need to show your qualifications to someone in a different language? As you know, the language that you use to write your resume is key to your success when you go to find a job or contract. So any translation that you do needs to be perfect or you will face the same hurdles that you do when you use less than stellar English phrasing to describe your self in your own language.

Here are some tips for getting your resume ready for international work:

Focus on your skills: In some countries, the curriculum vitae is used as a complete history of your career while the resume is specific to the job that you are applying to. It is a good idea to adopt this as an international standard and just focus on providing skills and work experience information that is germane to the job or contract that you want to obtain. You might consider creating a curriculum vitae separately in case the employer or client asks for one.

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Bill Maher mocks the sharing economy, but falls flat . . .

We’re usually fans of Bill Maher’s commentary bits on his HBO show, but his latest diatribe against the sharing economy seems a bit off.

Sure, he has some funny lines about Uber and Airbnb, let alone the Olsen Twins and their treatment of unpaid interns, but his overall point that greed is destroying America seems irrelevant to the sharing economy.

Sure, cab companies and driver unions don’t like Uber, but many of us hate cabs. Uber is a superior service, and while the founder is naturally becoming rich, there are plenty of drivers who love making money driving for Uber.

And sure, renting out your home or apartment isn’t for everyone, but what’s wrong with people making some extra cash on Airbnb?

3 Ways to Deal with Noise Pollution in the Workplace

construction site

Excessive noise over a long period of time will damage your hearing. Noise above 85 decibels (about the level of noise generated by particularly heavy traffic) is considered harmful if exposed to for a long period of time. Such damage is gradual, but permanent. You may not even notice it at first but when you do, you’ll have to live with it for the rest of your life. Those who work on construction sites and areas where loud tools are used are most obviously at risk but noise pollution can easily occur in offices or even retail environments too. Here are few ways you can properly deal with noise pollution in the workplace.

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Ways to Make Your Construction Job a Success

construction workers in hardhats

Anyone involved in the construction industry is aware of all the common pitfalls that can crop up, such as poorly estimated costs, inefficient methods or equipment, health and safety incidents, a lack of teamwork, or an ill-defined scope of work. By acknowledging these potential areas of failure, you can identify what you need to work on in order to have a successful construction project. Whether you’re building a home or a hotel, here are five boxes that you need to tick before making a start.

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Have you taken your summer vacation?


We’ve been hearing this for years, but Americans are working more these days, and many are taking fewer vacations days. This trend is disturbing as regular rest is critical for a work-life balance.

There are several issues to consider. In many cases, Americans are getting fewer vacation days as part of their benefits package.

In other cases, however, many Americans don’t take all the the vacation they have available. With career pressures and recent job market challenges, this is understandable. Workers are concerned about job security, and taking less vacation time is one way to make yourself seemingly more valuable to your employer.

But over the long term this can hurt your productivity. Getting away and recharging yourself is critical. Not just for enjoyment, but also to make you more productive.

So grab your bathing suit and get out to the beach, or frankly anywhere else you and your friends/family may enjoy.