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Why use our personnel agency to search for a job

  • we continuously expand our knowledge in IT. We are able to communicate and introduce the requested position and the company on expert level
  • we also introduce you to other positions you might find suitable for you
  • we keep in touch throughout the whole recruitment process (we arrange the job interview in the company, obtain feedback, etc.)
  • we have a good knowledge of the IT job market and we are able to discuss your future career with you
  • your personal data are always safe with us and we will never disclose your CV without your permission
  • all our services ar free of charge

Recruitment process in our agency

  • you react to the selected job position
  • if your profile fulfills the requirements, we arrange a personal or phone interview
  • at the interview, we go through your experience, knowledge and ideas about your future job
  • we also present other actual job positions and see if you want to apply for any of them
  • if the company shows interest in you we arrange an interview
  • we obtain the interview feedback for you
  • if the feedback is negative we will provide useful information on what to improve or offer you another suitable job position
  • if the feedback is positive we congratulate you on your new job :-)

How to write a CV correctly

A Curriculum Vitae is a document which helps to represent you while you are looking for the right position. It is the first thing a potential employer gets, therefore, you should pay significant attention to its creation.

Five fundamental principles for writing the CV

  • brief – do not write your CV as an essay, your CV should be structured, the recommended length is between 1-3 pages (according to your experience)
  • mistake-free – read your whole CV after you have written it, it should not contain any grammar mistakes or typing errors
  • truthful – do not pretend or lie in your CV, it must be truthful, thus be serious
  • well-arranged – differentiate the headlines (e.g. by using bold font) so that the CV is clear and easily readable for the HR specialists
  • logically structured – maintain chronological order of events in your career

The structure of the CV

Your CV should not miss these points:

  • personal data and contact details - name and surname, address, e-mail, phone number, date of birth or age
  • education and qualifications – state the name of the institution, field of study, title, year of graduation, you can mention passed certifications or professional training and we recommend to mention the theme of final thesis (diploma work). The education should be arranged chronologically (most recent at the beginning)
  • professional experience – write the name of the employer and of the position, add job description, date of commencement and departure. The employment summary should be arranged chronologically (most recent at the beginning)
  • skills and abilities – specify your knowledge of IT technologies (languages, operating systems, networking or database skills)
  • language skills – specify the level of your language skills (e.g. basic/inter-mediate/upper-mediate/excellent or passive/active skills)

We recommend that the following information is also mentioned:

  • further achievements – publications, awards, trainee-ships
  • personal characteristics – personal insight
  • interests – your hobbies
  • list of referees – contact information for people who could provide references (is an optional part of your CV)

Other recommendations:

Most international companies require an English version of your CV, so make sure that you have this version with you at the interview. If English is not one of your strong points, we recommend that you have your English CV checked by a native speaker, teacher etc.

Other possibility is to use an universal european format of CV (so called Europass), which is especially suitable for international environment (e.g. if you are applying for some position abroad). It is accessible in many languages at http://europass.cedefop.eu.int. Although we mention Europass as another way how to write a CV easily, we strongly recommend to create your own CV. Every single CV represents its author, thus, compared to a „template-like“ Europass, your original CV increases the prospects to suceed in the recruitment process by attracting the recruiter´s attention.

It is recommended that you save your CV in these file formats: doc or pdf. It is not advisable to use txt, xls, sxw, odt formats. Call the file clearly, e.g. “Novak_Jan_CV”.

It is recommended that you enclose your consent for processing of your personal data. You can use this example:

I hereby confirm, that the data that I have provided is accurate and true. I also agree that ITjobs, s.r.o. of Bašty 8, Brno, 602 00, can use the data for mediating the employment until I withdraw this consent. I was made aware of my rights according to law 101/2000 Sb., especially of my right to retract this consent at any time.

Example of a structured CV

Ing. Jan Novák
Date of birth: 01/01/1982
Nationality: Czech
Address: Palackého 1, 602 000 Brno, Czech Republic
Contact phone: +420 111 222 333
E-mail: jan.novak@gmail.com
Education
2000 - 2005 University of Technology, Brno, Faculty of Information Technology
2003 – 2005 Master study programme, Specialization: Information systems
Thesis: Development of content management system (PHP)
2000 – 2003 Bachelor study programme
Thesis: Development of random number generator (C/C++)
1996 - 2000 Gymnázium J.A. Komenského, Brno (graduation on high school)
Working experience
02/2007 - till now ABCDE , s.r.o. (www.abcde.cz)
Software developer (C/C++) - design, development and testing of embedded software for telephone exchanges
06/2005 - 12/2006 Freelancer (work on contract)
PHP programmer - development of web applications according to customer's requirement
07/2004 - 09/2005 XYZ a.s. (www.xyz.cz)
IT Specialist - network administration: 50 users (Windows XP) and 6 Windows servers 2003, 2005)
Languages
  • English - advanced level (written and spoken)
  • German - beginner
Computer skills
MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Operating systems: Linux OS - everyday user
Windows - administration level (Windows stations and servers 2003, 2005)
Computer databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle) and SQL knowledge
Web technologies: XML, HTML, CSS, Javascript, AJAX
Revision control systems: SVN, CVS
Programming languages: PHP – expert
C/C++ - advanced
Java - basics
Other skills and interests
  • travelling, languages, sports (basketball, skiing)
  • driving licence (category B)

How to write a covering letter

When addressing an employer or personnel agency, we recommend enclosing a covering letter along with the CV. The best way is to include it in the body of the e-mail of your applications for the job. The objective of the covering or motivational letter is to communicate the reason you are applying for the job, why it has caught your attention and what prerequisites you have for the specific work/company.

Here is some additional information that we recommend mentioning in the covering letter:

  • the covering letter can be divided into three main parts – the introduction, the core of the matter and conclusion
  • the introduction – mention the way you learned about a specific vacancy (press, web pages, fair, acquaintances, leaflets)
  • state the reasons you are applying for the vacancy and how it captured your interest
  • summarize points why you think you are a suitable candidate for a specific position (what knowledge, skills and experience you possess)
  • for that reason avoid using a universal letter, because the covering letter expresses your interest in a particular vacancy or company, and so you should accommodate it to a given demand
  • when constructing the covering letter, be accurately self-confident, not arrogant, be positive
  • be brief, avoid empty clichés like “I am interested in finding an interesting job in an international company with possibilities of growth and a good carrier”
  • provide contacts at which you will be available for further cooperation or questions
  • check the covering letter before sending it so that there are no mistakes or type errors
  • the covering letter should ideally be 5-10 lines long

Tips for succeeding at the interview

  • be punctual, do not hurry and leave yourself some time in reserve
  • be active: try to learn as much information as possible, do not be afraid to ask about matters you are interested in
  • be neat, clean and choose representative clothes
  • be well prepared – so that you are not surprised by unexpected questions concerning particular projects or by a dialogue in English; it is also useful to find information about the company in advance. HR specialists often ask questions about what you already know about thein company.
  • be natural, unaffected, try to act pleasantly and helpfully
  • respect yourself and be naturally self-confident
  • speak the truth and if you are uncertain about something, do not be afraid to admit it
  • do not feel embarrassed to take notes during the interview
  • ask about further procedures at the conclusion – how and when you will be informed of the results

FAQ

Did not find what you were looking for? Take a look at our FAQ section or contact us directly.

Why should I use the services of your specialised agency when looking for a job?
Our specialisation in information technology enables our applicants who want to work in this field to gain more offers from one source, and with a minimal amount of contact. Our consultants are our strongest asset, and your biggest advantage in finding the next step in your career. Due to our IT specialisation, we are able to communicate with you at a professional level, describing the most suitable positions to you in detail, after reviewing your knowledge and skills. Whether you are looking to take the first step or aiming to climb further up the IT careers ladder, with several years of experience in this market we are in a great position to help you.
I have had mostly bad experiences with personnel agencies, why should it be better with you?
There are a large number of personnel agencies, and unfortunately the poor performance of some, reflects badly on the rest. Thus we suggest that you seek recommendations from friends, colleagues and acquaintances, about agencies they have had a positive experience with. A fair agency deals honestly and responsibly, does not conceal the names of the companies you are interested in and does not send your data and CV to third parties without your prior approval. In our agency, we appreciate your confidence, thus we follow ethical principles, keep personal data protected and deal transparently.
How do I learn for which company you fill the vacancy?
If you are interested in some specific vacancy during the interview, if you meet all the requirements and are seriously interested in the position, we will tell you the name of the company, of course. You have the right to know, where your CV is going to be presented. We will gladly tell you more information about the company – we will introduce its profile, services/products, company culture, benefits and all, what you wish to know. Until
When shall I start with the job search?
Whether you are leaving school or university, it is not recommended to delay the start of your job search. If you decide to wait until the conclusion of your exams or post-exam holidays, then you may find that all the vacancies you were interested in have been filled by more active graduates. Thus, we recommend to search for work 2-3 months in advance (if you are to pass the final exam in June, then start the job search in April or May). However, the working candidates also start looking for work 2-3 months in advance before the termination of their employee contract (the notice period lasts 2 months) and human resources workers are already accustomed to the fact that the candidates can start working in 3 months.
How should I dress for the interview?
The choice of suitable clothing is a typical dilemma for every applicant. And no universal solution exists; however there is one golden rule – If you are uncertain, it is better to be dressed more formally, than to be too casually dressed. It is advisable to ask someone for advice – either a current or previous employee of the company, or the consultant in the personnel agency.
When you go for an interview in the agency, you can choose the clothing according the scope of your wardrobe (but always clean and neat). If you are interested in positions where contact with people is expected (salesperson, consultant, manager, team leader), then choose formal clothing, if it is the other way round, you can be dressed semi-formally (e.g. trousers/better jeans and shirt). It is customary, that most companies expect the candidates to come in formal representative clothes (especially where a dress code is specified, however there are some companies where employees may dress informally. Our agency will gladly help you to decide what clothing to choose for a specific company. However, it is advisable to dress rather in a formal way for an interview in the suggested companies.
Shall I enclose my photo in my CV?
It is up to you. No one can force you to place your picture in your CV because it is a carrier of sensitive information (about race, nationality). On account of this, the pictures are not placed in the CVs in the United States at all, so be aware of this when you apply for work at American companies. The photos can also unwillingly cause a so called halo effect or negative first impression, thus we rather recommend that you do not place a photo into your CV.
How long should my covering letter be?
The covering letter shall express your interest in a specific position/company. It shall catch interest, not discourage, so its content should not be very long, as it should not exhaust the readers’ enthusiasm for your application. The recommmended length is just a few sentences (5-10 sentences), and it should not exceed a third of an A4 page.
What salary shall I ask?
The talk about salary takes place at the end of the interview or in the second round of the selection procedure. Generally the prospective employer will ask you (the candidate) for your self evaluation for a specific piece of work. Thus to prevent any under or over estimation of the value of your work, it is important that you contemplate this before entering the interview. The best way is to start with the calculation of your living costs, thus you will learn your living minimum. Then it is advisable to ask your friends in similar positions about their salary ranges, or to check the average wages in your field from market statistics. The salaries are usually expressed as gross pay, thus, calculate also the net pay that you will receive after all deductions; so you could still pay all necessary expenditures from it. The salary offers can vary even in the same profession; however, we will gladly advice you as to what a suitable salary would be for a specific vacancy.
Why did they reject me after the interview?
In order to avoid some mistakes at the interview it is recommended to review your relevant failure and think about your performance. Here we mention the most common reasons of failures at the interview:
Not enough knowledge from school, insufficient experience, weak language skills, late arrival to the interview without apology, no knowledge about the company, frequent changes of jobs, critique of previous employer, lack of tact and polite behaviour, cynicism, immaturity, too high ambitions, too aggressive speech, no will to accept responsibility, only financial motivation, passivity – lack of interest shown (no questions), unclear idea about future orientation, inability to express yourself clearly, too time-demanding interests (fear that you would prefer hobbies to work).
I have learnt, that you arrange counselling for students. Where and how often?
Yes, we have been cooperating with universities for three years and offer students counselling about searching for their first job. We advise them how to write a CV correctly, what to mention in the covering letter, how to prepare for the interview, what are its parts, and we also provide consultations about planning their career. We regularly give the seminars in the lecture-rooms at Masaryk University and VUT.
How do you earn money when your services are free of charge for candidates?
We make our livelihood when we succeed in finding a suitable job for you :). We have right for the reward by the day of your commencement to work. Till that time our services are free of charge even for companies with which we have entered cooperation contracts; they pay us only for our successful service, i.e. for the successful recommendation of the right candidate.

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We offer job mediation in IT in Brno. Our selection of vacancies provides a variety of IT job positions in Brno for graduates as well. With our free of charge registration you will receive an email with your preferred job positions. Browse through our job offers in IT, start working in a field which is highly sought after and secure a great future for yourself. IT job positions in Brno fill up quickly so we recommend you react to your selected positions as soon as possible.

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IT job positions in Brno

We offer job mediation in IT in Brno. Our selection of vacancies provides a variety of IT job positions in Brno for graduates as well. With our free of charge registration you will receive an email with your preferred job positions. Browse through our job offers in IT, start working in a field which is highly sought after and secure a great future for yourself. IT job positions in Brno fill up quickly so we recommend you react to your selected positions as soon as possible.

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Are you looking for a promising and well-paid job? Do you have experience or education credentials in IT? If so, you came to the right place. We offer the best job positions in IT in Brno. Working in IT in Brno can be both fulfilling and enjoyable. The IT sector has a promising future as does your professional career when working on top quality IT job positions. We only offer top job positions by verified employers. Get a job in IT fast and simple.

IT job positions in Brno

We offer job mediation in IT in Brno. Our selection of vacancies provides a variety of IT job positions in Brno for graduates as well. With our free of charge registration you will receive an email with your preferred job positions. Browse through our job offers in IT, start working in a field which is highly sought after and secure a great future for yourself. IT job positions in Brno fill up quickly so we recommend you react to your selected positions as soon as possible.

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Are you looking for a promising and well-paid job? Do you have experience or education credentials in IT? If so, you came to the right place. We offer the best job positions in IT in Brno. Working in IT in Brno can be both fulfilling and enjoyable. The IT sector has a promising future as does your professional career when working on top quality IT job positions. We only offer top job positions by verified employers. Get a job in IT fast and simple.

IT job positions in Brno

We offer job mediation in IT in Brno. Our selection of vacancies provides a variety of IT job positions in Brno for graduates as well. With our free of charge registration you will receive an email with your preferred job positions. Browse through our job offers in IT, start working in a field which is highly sought after and secure a great future for yourself. IT job positions in Brno fill up quickly so we recommend you react to your selected positions as soon as possible.

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