Get to know us: Vedran Devčić, our Project Coordinator

This time we would like to introduce our Project Coordinator, Vedran Devčić from Croatia. Vedran has spent 6 months at GRN between September and March. This has been his first work experience in Prague, and we hope not the last.

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Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

I was born in 1990 in Varaždin, Croatia where I used to go to primary and secondary school. After finishing secondary school I moved to Zagreb to study sociology at the Center for Croatian studies, University of Zagreb where I also continued with my masters’ studies. I also participated in the Erasmus exchange program at the Corvinus University of Budapest.

What are your plans after finishing your internship at GRN Czech Republic?

I will go back to Croatia to write my thesis and finish my masters. After that I will look around to see what possibilities I have.

Did you have any troubles moving away from home and adapting to a new environment?

In the beginning it was hard for me to realize what I have “left behind”, like my friends, memories, and the mentality; but with time I got used to Prague. I got used to its energy, its people and diversity, which has helped me to live here for the past 6 months.

What brought you to Prague and how do you like it?

After my Erasmus experience I wanted to try something new. I knew that I wanted to have another international experience, but I also knew that I didn’t want to study for exams anymore. I decided to apply for the Erasmus Placement Program, and luckily, I received a positive response from GRN Czech Republic. So far, I have enjoyed Prague and I am looking forward to seeing more of it.

Do you think working at GRN Czech will help you in your professional career?

Yes, for sure. This is a really beneficial experience for me, to live and work in an international environment. Skills, friends, connections and the knowledge which I have gained here can definitely help me in the future.

 

10 choices :

Coffee or Tea: Tea ( I am a hyperactive person so I don’t think that coffee is a good choice for me )

Morning or Evening: Morning ( I like to do everything in the morning to have the rest of the day free)

Sports or Art: Sports ( I am not a really artistic person)

Dog or Cat: None

Rock or Jazz: Trance ( Rock and jazz are not complex enough as music styles for me)

Vodka or Whiskey: Rakija (It’s stronger and there are always funny memories)

Steak or Soup: Steak (I enjoy eating meat )

Cake or Crisps: Cake (Sugar )

LinkedIn or Facebook: Facebook (there is a bigger variety on FB)

Resume or CV: CV

Ask the Headhunter #4

“What is the difference between your CV and your LinkedIn Profile?”

A few months ago I was discussing this issue with a colleague — exactly what is or should be the difference between your CV and your LinkedIn Profile.

 Your CV is and should be a complete list of your working career, giving the reader overview of your experience & other qualifications. This is the document that you are providing that fully represents “you”. LinkedIn on the other hand, is a business social media site that is also used to professionally present you by giving the reader an overview of your professional experience, but can also have some difference & the possibility for quite a bit more information than you could realistically have on your CV.

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 I usually explain to candidates that in today’s world it is absolutely essential to have an up-to-date online presence. As such, with regards to LinkedIn specifically, I don’t believe it is always necessary to have your complete working history listed going all the way back to your earliest positions, but you should never lie about a position you held or the time you were in that position. Always be sure that what you are presenting on LinkedIn (or other similar social media platform) is never in conflict with what your CV says. With that said, I think your goal with social media sites such as LinkedIn is to give the reader the overview of “who” you are but also with the possibility of providing more depth – done through how you layout the information or even with the many additional information options you have available to provide the reader (groups you are member of, volunteer positions, etc.).

 As with your social media presence, your CV should also be updated regularly – and that also means keeping up to date with what is acceptable in the way of layout, information needed, etc. The general CV style from 10 years ago is different from what is expected today. Being sure that you follow what is “trending”, desired or required, is essential to your being as sure as possible that your message is being delivered to the intended target (your CV is read).

Michael Rainey

CEO & Managing Partner

GRN Czech Republic

7 Tips for the “Education” section of your CV

In this article, GRN Team will answer to the most frequently asked questions about the “Education” section of your CV. keep-calm-and-update-your-cv-7

Questions like:

  • Where should I place “Education” in my CV?
  • What should I include in the “Education” section?
  • What format should I follow?
  • How long should the “Education” section be?
  • How should I list “Honors” and “Activities”?

Here are some tips answering these questions that will help you to improve your CV.

#1. Most people list educational background at the end of their resume, which is perfectly fine. But the best placement depends on what are you trying to emphasize. You can place education before experience: if you are a recent graduate or you don’t have so many years of work experience;
you can place it after “Experience”: if you completed your studies at least two years ago, or if you have already a couple years of work experience. Be strategic! Like everything else on your resume, it should work for you, not against you.

#2. List your education background in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent studies. If you are holding a Bachelor’s degree, or if you achieved a higher level education, don’t mention where you went to high school. It should look like this:

Year – Year             University Name             City, Country
Diploma / Certificate / Degree / Major
Details of education completed: Final grade (underline if you’ve had a good one) and other achievements

N.b: Double space between each school listing

#3. You don’t need a separate section for “Honors” received or Academic-related activities. Create these sections just if they are very extensive and especially if you think they are strictly-related to the job you’re applying for .

Hint: to save some space on the CV, it’s clever to include them by the related school/university experience.

#4. Once you have at least two or three years of work experience, you should drop the school-related activities/accomplishments from your CV and focus mainly on the “Work Experience” section and its accomplishments.

#5. We suggest that the length of your education section should be max a third of a page.

#6. Be careful with using appropriate terminology. Nothing is worse than grammar mistakes in your CV.

#7. If you don’t have qualifications required for a particular job, don’t fake them. Companies may check your qualifications and you will never have a chance to get a job in the same company also in the future. You can try to compensate your lack of qualifications with personal skills or interests.

Written by Pasquale Di Benedetto (Project Coordinator)

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We hope you found this article helpful! If you feel like sharing your personal opinion about the topic, please leave us a comment!

GRN Czech Team

Get to know us: Richard van Horssen, our new Project Coordinator

This time we would like to introduce our new Project Coordinator, Richard van Horssen from The Netherlands. Richard spends 6 months at GRN between September and March. It’s not his first work experience in Prague, and maybe not the last one…

RichardSo, Richard, could you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

I am a 24 year old student from the Netherlands and always interested in traveling and meeting new people. That is why I am studying International Business and Languages at the Rotterdam Business School and part of this study course there is an internship, which has to be done abroad. Beside this, I’m a huge sports lover, especially football (the European way).

What brought you to Prague and how do you like it?

Last year I worked in Prague and my girlfriend lives here, so obviously I was looking for an internship in Prague. And then I ran into this very interesting and exciting opportunity. Prague is by far the most beautiful city I know and there is always something new to discover. So many beautiful places and views and an infinite amount of bars and restaurants!

What are your main job responsibilities at GRN?

I am mainly a researcher, which means I search for candidates and approach them to find out if they are interested in a position we have available for them. Part of the researching job is finding possible candidates, but also to look for companies that are posting interesting vacancies. For a project I will work with a partner firm in Budapest as well, so that makes it even more international.

Do you think working for GRN will help you in your business career?

Definitely, it’s so good to see the process of a recruitment from another perspective. Moreover, I can improve my communication skills here and there are very good networking opportunities. It’s fascinating to learn how GRN always strives for the perfect match between company and candidate, it’s never a routine job. I have also learned how to enhance my online presence, like how to present yourself on social media.

What is your plan after this internship at GRN?

I’ll return to the Netherlands to continue my studies, but only for one semester because then my next semester abroad is coming up; half a year at a partner university, but where is yet to be decided. The big challenge is that I’ll have to do it completely in German or Spanish (it’s part of the International Business AND Languages study course). Considering my current progress, I’ll go to a German speaking country.

Finally, see his “10 choices” to find out more about him:

Coffee or Tea                                     »Coffee

Morning or Evening                            »Evening

Sports or Art                                       »Sports

Dog or Cat                                          »Cat

Rock or Jazz                                        »Jazz (or techno, I’m Dutch after all…)

Vodka or Whiskey                                »Vodka (lemon vodka!)

Steak or Soup                                      »Steak

Cake or Crisps                                    »nah, neither

LinkedIn or Facebook                          »Facebook

Resume or CV                                      »CV

Ask the Headhunter #2

This week Michael Rainey, Managing Partner&CEO of GRN Czech answers a new question in our column. Read and enjoy.

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If you you have anything in mind that you would like to ask from GRN Czech’s professionals or if you would like to give us some feedback regarding our social media pages, don’t hesitate to leave your reply below the article or send it here!

 

Question

“Dear Michael,

What is a common misconception of a headhunter?”

 

Answer

I am often faced with this dilemma, several times a week at minimum as a matter of fact. When dealing with a new or potential client, it is often the case that they confuse us with “agency” style recruiters they’ve worked with in the past. What is the difference you ask … it’s all in target audience, style, method and approach. This misconception of thinking that all “recruiters” are alike happens quite often. In fact there is a gulf of difference between how we as “headhunters” work and how the “agency” recruiter works.

The first difference is who is approached — we are mainly approaching “passive” candidates, meaning those that are not actively looking for a job. We seek out the best talent in the market for our clients, and as such we cannot rely that these people are spending their time on job boards and other postings/advertisements. We go out to find them.

Next, we are very different in style. The Headhunters “style” is much more consultative, with a longer view, resulting in longer term, repeat relationships with both the candidates & clients we work with. With that said, our methods used in approaching and working any assignment are also quite far apart. A headhunter’s methods are more consultative and precise. We take the time to map out a market, keeping in touch with key figures and always keeping abreast of developments, trends and movements; giving real added value to both our clients and the candidates we work with.

Last is approach; I believe that our firms view, taking a “long term view” sums up how most Headhunters approach the markets they work in. Sure we all make money on placing talent with the client, but in our case, we are much more concerned with the fit, career development and culture than an agency recruiter is. In the end, we only have our name and reputation in the market and in no way would we risk either for the sake of a placement. We value our clients and candidates too much to risk losing their trust and continued business.

 

Ask The Headhunter #1

From now you can find our well-known Ask The Headhunter column not only on Facebook, but here on our Blog too!

 

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Michael Rainey managing partner, CEO and professional consultant of GRN Czech answers all questions received from the audience.

If you you have anything in mind that you would like to ask from us or if you would like to give us some feedback regarding our social media pages, don’t hesitate to leave a reply below the article or send it here!

Question

What’s a typical day like for a head hunter?

 

Answer

An average day in the office starts around 7:45 – 8:00, settling in, getting coffee/tea and the reviewing the news both here in Czech and around Europe; reading to see about any current developments or events is essential since they affect not only our business but that of our clients. It’s also useful to also have a look at any market trends developing or changing that could or might affect how we work. Next, is having a quick look at new e-mails – but only acting on those things that require immediate attention for the morning, otherwise it is dealt with in the afternoon.

Around 9:00, is a brief team meeting, where we discuss any important issues pending, address any needs someone on the team has, etc. Then it is individually sitting down and reviewing the current search assignments we have open & the list of calls that should be made for the day (to find the candidates needed for the particular search). This “call list” is made using research previously done, direct contacts the recruiter has and possible sources/leads developed.

From 9:30 – 11:30/11:45 is time reserved for make the calls and e-mails needed to reach the potential candidates for the particular open assignment(s); first calling candidates to follow-up with them, and then to those people who we want to approach and speak with further about the particular assignment being worked on. These “calls” are essential to our work as a headhunter, as it is here that we make the difference. Using a direct search method (not advertising), we are approaching people that are for the most part “passive” candidates, meaning they are not actively seeking a job. These are not people positing themselves all over the internet and on the numerous job boards nor ones that are busy answering advertisements. Instead, the typical candidate that we place is most often already working and doing well in their current role and only due to our contact is their interest peaked. After this initial contact/approach with the potential candidate, we then explore where they are in their career, decide if our “opportunity” is a relevant possibility for them to consider — and if so — then arrange meeting with them to further discuss things. We are never “stealing” anyone from their current company (on the contrary, if we see that the opportunity we are speaking to a candidate about is not right for them or their current situation, we would never push that further.) We are partnering with the candidates we work with, showing them that we are not just talking to them now, but that we are also there for them anytime in the future when they are at a career crossroads. We are there for a candidate over their whole career — not just for an immediate role we want to place them into now.

Then usually around 12:00/12:30 is lunch. Then from 13:30 – 16:00 is the time we use to make those follow-up calls from the morning, checking and answering e-mails and of course taking any meetings with candidates or clients that have been previously set.

Finally around 16:00 – 18:00 is the time used to take care of anything that is still needing immediate follow-up, making plans for tomorrow’s work day – which includes research, to-do lists and action plans.

Though we might be leaving the office around 18:00, many times it is then off to a business event, a mixer or even a dinner with a client or candidate that could not meet earlier. Life as a headhunter is networking and meeting with people and so it really doesn’t “turn” off. You really have to love what you do in this business; you need to enjoy being around people, helping people with and in their careers, helping companies attract the best talent in the market, and taking great pride in knowing you are bringing true value to both companies and candidates.

Michael Rainey

Get to know us: Sini Suutari, Social Media Coordinator

Today, we are introducing our Social Media Coordinator, Sini, who is finishing her internship at GRN soon. Sini has spent here almost 6 months. She has something to say not only about how she enjoyed the time in Prague, but also some interesting facts about her home country – Finland. Did you know that Finnish people are crazy about coffee?!

Sini Suutari

Dobrý den, Sini. So, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Moi kaikki – as we tend to say hello to everybody in my native language 🙂 I am Sini, turning (shockingly!) a quarter of a century this year. I will spend few more weeks here at GRN as the Social Media Coordinator. Originally I come from southern Finland, although the last 5 years (before packing my bags and moving here) I lived in the most western part of Finland: in the windiest, but luckily also one of the sunniest cities in Finland – Vaasa. I’ve studied at the University of Vaasa, with a Major in Communications and Media Studies and I’ll graduate with a Master of Arts right after this internship.

In addition to being passionately interested in social media and online corporate communications, in my free time I’m a big dog lover, kind of coffee addicted, and continuously searching for the balance between exercising (gym, aerobics, jogging, inline skating, skiing – pretty much anything) and enjoying tasty food (especially sweet desserts). I am also carrying my heavy camera almost everywhere with me and aiming to improve myself as a photographer.

What brought you to Prague? And how do you like the city?

Coming to Prague was actually quite a surprise, not only for myself, but for everyone around me. I never thought about moving abroad, but I found an interesting Social Media internship offer from GRN and decided to apply for it on the spur of the moment. After all, Social Media experience from abroad could be something very useful for my future career and headhunting sounded like a completely new and interesting area to me. In addition to that, I knew that living abroad would improve my English skills and provide me the international experience I didn’t have yet.

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Prague Castle, photo by Sini Suutari

Well, now here we are and I have had the time of my life! I think all of my friends already know my opinion about Prague – or like I tend to call it – “Pragadise”. The beauty of the city and all the buildings are amazing! Like last on Wednesday we took a walk with Julia (our new intern) to the top of the Petrin Hill and then headed down to the Castle and back to Mala Strana – it still takes my breath away to see the views from all these „sightseeing“ places that there’s no shortage in Prague. Especially the summer time here was wonderful. Restaurants (food in general), coffee places and pubs are much cheaper than in Finland – although I have nothing against cooking, it’s always so nice to sit down with friends and enjoy the atmosphere and people around you.

There are lots of differences between central Europe and Nordic countries. Did you have any difficulties getting along with the new culture?

When I came to Prague, I really didn’t have any expectations so I wouldn’t say I had much difficulties getting along with the culture. Probably the fact, that the atmosphere here at the office is so international, also helped. But of course, as much as I love Prague, there are some things that I miss from back home (proper filter coffee machines, for example 🙂 ). I guess Communism has left its mark on people here and sometimes I do realise just how differently Czech and Finnish people think about certain things, or how differently the whole system works.

What have you found the most interesting at GRN so far?

This is a tough one. I could mention so many things! But I guess one of the most interesting thing was to learn what’s headhunting all about. And also I’ve learnt so much how to present myself and be more confident as a future professional.

As GRN’s Social Media Coordinator, what do you think about using Social Media in Recruitment nowadays?

I think Social Media in Recruitment is the present and the future. LinkedIn, LinkedIn, LinkedIn. Especially young people: if you don’t have a profile on LinkedIn, take the time and do it now (firstly, you may want to check some advice by following us! 😉 ). Maybe creating the profile is not something that will pay off immediately, but it’s a fact that more and more recruiters are searching and checking candidates on LinkedIn and via other Social Media channels. And, social networking is very often, after all, the key for success to move forward and reach higher goals in your career. Who knows, you may even end of finding your dream job offer on LinkedIn.

What is your plan after this internship at GRN?

My original plan was to go back to Finland and go for my second Masters degree (major in HR Management), but the time here has changed my views on some things. Now at the moment I am focusing on finding a job related to Corporate communications. I’m excited to see where on earth, literally, I’ll find myself in few months. So, now ideally I will gain some more working experience and maybe later finish the M.Sc. in HR alongside working. We’ll see!

What would you tell to your successor?

I will probably tell her a lot of things – are you ready to take notes, Siiri? 😉 There will be two weeks overlap with my successor before I finish working and I will be happy to help her to have a nice boost for the beginning at GRN. Generally speaking, I would like to tell her to use the time wisely – months will pass like a blink! Be active, creative and keep yourself up to date with what’s happening in the field of Social Media. Learn as much as possible to take the most out of your internship. After your time at GRN, you’ll look back and realize how much you did for yourself and your future career.

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Sini’s 10 quick choices:

coffee or tea » COFFEE  (the Finns are the heaviest coffee users in the world. Everyone at GRN knows that I am not an exception!)
morning or evening » EVENING (I’d love to be a morning person but it just doesn’t seem to work like that)
sports or art » SPORTS (I love both doing and watching sports)
dog or cat » DOG (Dogs = almost like a lifestyle rather than just a hobby)
rock or jazz » ROCK
vodka or whiskey » VODKA
steak or soup » STEAK (although, eating lot of soups in Czech Republic have made me like them more)
cake or crisps » CAKE
linkedin or facebook » FACEBOOK (I’ve learnt a lot about LinkedIn during the internship, but at the moment FB is still more my cup of “coffee”)
resume or CV » CV


Thank you Sini for the interview! We’ll enjoy having you around for a couple of weeks more and then wish you all the best of luck in your future! But of course you are still the leader of the GRN Czech Alumni team 😉