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How to write a killer CV – 15 dos and don’ts

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Reading CVs and cover letters is like smoking cigarettes – one or two won’t harm you but constant exposure will.

Unfortunately, in my line of work – managing a small communication company and finding internships for American students in Brussels – I am exposed to more CVs than most would consider healthy.

This is not a dig at the quality of the candidates, who are often more skilled, more educated and more motivated than I am with their double masters, four to five languages and experience working in nine countries. It stems more from an honest desire to help talented people get the jobs they want without making basic mistakes. So here are 15 tips for writing a better CV, with apologies to all those anonymously quoted:

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Super intern in business and marketing wanted

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What?

Clear Europe is a Brussels-based communication agency that specialises in media and journalism training, copywriting and strategic communication advice.

We are looking for a business and marketing intern to help promote our services both online and off. You will also be expected to update the website and social media accounts, do some basic bookkeeping and attend events and conferences in Brussels.

The position is unpaid and therefore only suitable for university students as a ‘convention de stage’ for academic credit. However, we can pay a small daily allowance for travel and meals.

Students would be expected to work a minimum of three days a week for at least three months.

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June newsletter

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CLEAR COPY

You probably know us as one of Europe’s leading providers of media, journalism and communication training. But did you know we also provide copywriting services ranging from writing speeches to drafting op-eds to editing annual reports for companies such as Qualcomm and Allianz? If you have a conference that needs writing up, a text that needs editing or an article that needs to be written, contact us and we’ll assign one of our writers to help you out.

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Trainer profile: Meg Stringer

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Meg began her work in political communication working for then Senator Hillary Clinton in her native New York. Later, she moved to Washington D.C. where she consulted for USAID on sensitive projects promoting reproductive freedom worldwide. Since moving to Brussels, Meg has advised all the usual suspects in the EU ‘bubble’ – from think-tanks and political parties to start-ups and big business.

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April newsletter

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SERIOUS SUBSIDIES

Did you know that if you’re a small company based in Brussels, you can get up to 50% of your costs for a coaching session with Clear Europe paid for by the regional government? Our business and communication manager Aurélie has the low-down on how to boost your skills on the cheap. Check out the details.

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Get your training with us subsidised

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Did you know that employers and employees can benefit from financial support and subsidies for training courses? If you are based in Belgium, there are two ways of slashing the cost of your training with us. Cefora offers subsidies for both employers and employees, while the Small Business Act reimburses up to 50% of the cost of training for small and medium-sized firms in the Brussels-Capital region.

Make sure you meet the general conditions to apply and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the coaching options we offer and ways we can help you reduce the costs of your training.

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March Newsletter

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FIGHTING FAKE NEWS

Fake news is a scourge spread with lightning speed thanks to social media. In a guest article for Clear Europe, Ethical Journalism Network Director Aidan White explains how journalists – and others who use social media platforms to share information – can avoid spreading lies, misinformation, and dubious claims. Read Aidan’s 7 tips for fighting fake news.

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7 tips for fighting fake news

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Fake news is a scourge spread with lightning speed thanks to social media. In this guest article, Ethical Journalism Network Director Aidan White explains how journalists – and others who use social media platforms to share information – can avoid spreading lies, misinformation and dubious claims.

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