Hi all, This is the link to my website to prove that I am who I say I am ➡ www.danielcatalan.com. And here is more proof.

I love what I do as my work is social in nature. I interview all of my clients who hail from all walks of life and locations all over the world. During these meetings we have profound conversations as I write their new resumes/CVs in real-time, sharing my screen with them via Zoom so they can observe the new document as it is being built and collaborate on the process. I've refined resume/CV writing down to a science and it takes me 1.5 hours maximum to create a compelling document. The results speak for themselves as many of my clients have achieved their goals.

September marks one year of this being my full-time job instead of a side hustle, and I am grateful to have a job that I derive meaning from, which in turn helps others find work that they themselves can derive meaning from.

During the initial stages of the COVID19 lockdown, I gave free resume/Linkedin advice to workers who abruptly lost their jobs in this thread. I ended up giving feedback to 70 Redditors, and in the months that followed, gained 20 paid clients from Reddit, and am grateful that this community has embraced my concept.

I would be happy to advise more Redditors in this AMA on how to market themselves to their next employer.

Much love.

UPDATE 1: Hi all! Thank you to everyone who participated in this AMA! I want to give a special thanks to the handful of haters for keeping me sharp. It is because of you that I know I've made it.

I hope that the knowledge gained here will be an asset to everyone here moving forward. To those of you who have connected with me to access my services, I will try to respond to most/all of the inquiries and booking requests over the course of the next week. This AMA has gained me an unprecedented influx of inquiries and has allowed me to access communities that I would not have been able to reach otherwise. I am quite grateful.

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TheD1v1s1on5607 karma

How many lies do you write in each resume?

DorianGraysPassport1369 karma

This is the best question thus far. I never straight up lie, but I eloquently repackage the nuances of the clients' accomplishments to make them sound more prestigious. Across the document, I'll remove weak action verbs that imply subordination like "Assisted manager with XYZ project" I would change it to "Liaised closely with leadership team to accomplish XYZ"

I've noticed that male clients never hesitate when I embellish their achievements, and some of the women take pause and ask request that I scale back on sentences that trigger impostor syndrome.

glennjersey263 karma

What are your thoughts on the whole single page resume and/or the extra page for every 10 years of employment "standard"?

DorianGraysPassport416 karma

For clients in the United States, I keep the document at 1 page no matter what. I focus on experiences and skills that are relevant to the positions the client is applying for. LinkedIn has no min/max length so I use that and the cover letter in tandem to clarify the timeline of the career if it is opaque on the resume.

elzaco419 karma

A peak behind the curtain. I'm an engineer at LinkedIn. Once upon a time the LONG profiles could clog the pipes. I remember sitting in a meeting once where some several hundred MB sized profile had broken things. I demanded we pull it up because at the time I was sure it had to be a spam account and I thought it'd save us some trouble to just delete it.

No... It was some retired aerospace engineer who had basically dumped his memoir into his profile page. Talked about his new hobbies in retirement like training horses and woodworking. I felt bad.

We recommended to product to add a length limit or figure out a more efficient way to store the pages. I think there's now a limit, but it's awfully large.

DorianGraysPassport219 karma

I'd love to connect with you to better understand the nature of your work. I appreciate this peek behind the curtain.

PuddingIsProof166 karma

So, I am a non traditional student due to graduate this December. As I enter the market for a more professional career, I am often discouraged due to the fact that I am competing or trying to stand out amongst people 10+years younger than me.

I’m sure that is due to nothing but my ego. But at the same time I don’t have the internships/college activities/volunteering etc. that a “normal” college-aged person would have. The majority of my experience is in hospitality as a server/bartender and in construction. I feel more confused as to what I want to do now than before I started my college career and I have a hard time finding the value in past work be applicable to prospective jobs.

What could I do to narrow down my job search and to puff-up or match past work experience with a completely different field?

DorianGraysPassport358 karma

I have had many clients come to me with this exact profile and imagined obstacle. Below I am copypasting some content you can use as a model when you next update your resume.

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ABOUT SECTION: A goal-oriented and versatile problem-solver with vast experience providing impeccable customer service in the hospitality sector. Seeking the next professional challenge in a role that utilizes creativity, interpersonal skills, and community-building towards meaningful impact.

SKILLS SECTION:

Interpersonal: Public Speaking | Adaptability | Cross-Cultural Communication | Community Building | Customer Service | Conflict Resolution

Expertise: Social Media Strategy | Creative Problem Solving | Event Planning | Content Creation | SEO Keyword Research | Editing | SEO Writing | Podcasting & Radio | Audience Engagement | CRM Platforms | Adobe Creative Suite | MS Office | Photography | Social Media Analytics | Academic Research & Writing

Restaurant Group 1

Server |NOVEMBER 2018 - PRESENT. LOCATION

-Providing impeccable customer service to visitors and patrons of an esteemed establishment specializing in XXXX cuisine.

-Working harmoniously alongside a team of seven servers and two chefs to ensure customer satisfaction in a fast-paced restaurant environment.

-Utilizing knowledge of French and local wines and precise salesmanship to routinely win accolades for surpassing drink sales goals.

Restaurant Name Server 201X - 201X. LOCATION

-Served artisanal beer to guests and patrons of a massive brewery and beer hall with a capacity of 1000+ people.

-Helped patrons navigate the nuances of a menu consisting of authentic German cuisine and shared knowledge of the beers produced on-location.

dodgecoltracer12 karma

Holy shit... I'm looking for work, what do you charge?

DorianGraysPassport47 karma

EUR 85 to rewrite the resumes of anyone who seeks me out from this thread. Please write to me through my website. Happy to help.

asadwit165 karma

What should an under qualified and under experienced person do to increase the chances of getting a job?

DorianGraysPassport340 karma

Take online classes in subjects that interest you that grant skills you can use to advance the interests of your next employer. Things like how to manage a CRM platform, conduct SEO keyword research, InDesign etc. Alongside this, volunteer within a local grassroots organization over a prolonged period. This will help you meet more people who can help you, and the longer you volunteer, the more responsibilities you will have, and the more credibility you will gain. Eventually you'll gain project management skills without even realizing it.

leanik76 karma

volunteer within a local grassroots organization over a prolonged period

How would one pay rent while they do all this free work?

DorianGraysPassport233 karma

Less glamorous odd jobs like teaching English online, customer service roles, etc. The person in question needs to have their own house in order before giving back to their community. Volunteering is NOT exploitative like an unpaid internship is.

leanik42 karma

Volunteering is NOT exploitative like an unpaid internship is.

I'm sure it's not, but you do recognize the cost of admission to work for free to advance? It's literally not an option for people trying to make rent.

DorianGraysPassport168 karma

Yes, I agree with you 100%. I try to do what I can to level the playing field to make opportunities more accessible to all, not have them remain exclusively for the privileged. Every week I donate 2-3 resume workshops to disadvantaged persons that are connected to me through NGOs, and I semi-frequently offer my services pro-bono to Redditors whose circumstances resonate with me.

Tanno4152 karma

I work in IT and I’m certain I have impostor syndrome. Every time I write out my resume, I feel that I come across as boastful and arrogant. Can you provide tips on wording a resume to demonstrate capability and success without sounding like a jerk? Or Maybe I’m just overthinking it?

DorianGraysPassport217 karma

Confidence is not equal to being a jerk!!! OWN your strengths! Use strong action verbs that command respect. You only come across as a jerk if you put other's down to hold yourself up.

Aloix0481 karma

What can i do to make my resume stand out?

DorianGraysPassport351 karma

Use a sleek and minimalist template with Montserrat font. I use the "clear" and "prestige" templates from Resumonk. Structure it in this order from top to bottom:

1: Name, contact info, location. 2. Self-assigned title "Multilingual Customer Service Professional" 3. A brief summary of who you are what you are looking for. 4. Your skills (Languages, Interpersonal, Expertise) 5. Your experience. (Start each bullet with an action verb but be sure that the first bullet also gives context about what the company does: "Overseeing all processes within the Lisbon office of a global engineering consulting firm.") 6. Education 7. Projects or Publications if you're in academia. (Optional) 8. Volunteering (Optional)

In certain places like the United States this needs to be condensed to a page but in other places it can be longer. Some countries expect to see a picture.

Ken_Thomas43 karma

Does a significant portion of your income come from a trust fund?
That is not intended to be insulting or make less of what you do or how well you do it. I'm genuinely interested. I've observed that a lot of people in professions that require a large base of contacts had some other form of financial support available to sustain them, during the years it took to build enough business to actually make a living from it.

DorianGraysPassport96 karma

Hi, this question does not offend me. My large base of contacts comes from being hyper-social and an active member of my community everywhere that I have lived. It didn't take long for this concept to become my full-time job once I launched my website.

Being good at my work and helping my clients achieve desired outcomes has resulted in constant referrals. I am extremely visible on social media and share testimonials from happy clients across the platforms. I used to work at a leading MBA school and interned at an international organization. Both of these workplaces have been the source of consistent clientele.

Before these experiences, like many of my peers, I was an English teacher. I've befriended people from all walks of life in my travels and many of them have resurfaced as clients in the year since I started this project. As have people with whom I went to middle school, high school, and undergrad. Any new client from a different walk of life multiplies as they'll refer me to people within their community once I satisfy them.

Admittedly, I had a very privileged upbringing and parents who paid for my higher education but they were always very adamant that I be financially independent.

Ken_Thomas25 karma

Thank you for the frank reply. What you do sounds like one of those rare creative, interesting, and satisfying gigs that would be difficult to crack into, because of the time it would take to build a sufficient client base. It sounds like in your case it may have been more of an evolution of things you were already doing, and that makes perfect sense.

DorianGraysPassport60 karma

I love what I do, which is why I am willing to work all day every day and at odd hours. I was completely alone for 15 weeks of strict lockdown, and my work kept me sane as it is social in its nature. This job being mine, something that nobody can steal from me, helped me rise out of a deep depression. I can engage with the world from a place of strength and I want to share that with others.

Kholzie3 karma

It seems like your ability to get into your field required you to be very extroverted

DorianGraysPassport9 karma

I am a charming extrovert when I need to be but I am also a lone wolf with lots of character flaws.

ksack200936 karma

Have you ever written a resume for federal employees? Seems to be the exact opposite of what you think. Might be more lucrative since they're generally longer.

DorianGraysPassport70 karma

I've written two resumes for aspiring federal employees and recall that it was required that we include hours worked and salary information of each of their positions. Whenever I am faced with a situation I've not faced prior, I increase my rate slightly to account for the time it takes me to conduct research and adjust my process.

chsavage36 karma

I think a lot of HR professionals and hiring managers filter out qualified resumes of candidates who are beyond a certain distance from an employer, is that something you can confirm?

If it is true, what can a candidate do to communicate that relocating won’t be an issue?

DorianGraysPassport106 karma

I have something for this for people who wish to move countries for a new position, I variation of this could work domestically too. I would include this information in the ABOUT SECTION of the resume, and on the cover letter.

"Currently, I am located in the United States, and I have felt compelled to relocate to XYZ as opportunities in Sector W there appeal to me greatly at this stage in my career. I've relocated in pursuit of meaningful work throughout my life and am deeply familiar with the nuances of immigration procedures and assimilating into new environments. I am able to uproot myself with ease and would happily do so if granted the opportunity to work at company V in location XYZ."

laplumedematante52 karma

You use your mouth purdier than a 20 dollar whore...

JesusLuvsMeYdontU7 karma

Unless he's not using Speech-to-Text, then he's using his fingers, which means he's really good with his fingers

DorianGraysPassport27 karma

I identify as having a silver tongue.

alejandrosalamandro32 karma

How can I start to think about moving towards working remotely? It can be somewhat overwhelming.

What paths toward working remotely do you find works best in your experience?

DorianGraysPassport62 karma

This link has an abundance of resources. I would implore you to find a customer service role within a company that is expanding their CS department due to increased demand for what they offer because of COVID.

Rasputin2028 karma

I'll be moving to Denmark on Jan, 2021 for my masters. Any advice for me on, how to land a part time job to pay for my living expenses?

DorianGraysPassport45 karma

I am not familiar with Danish work culture or employment trends as none of my clients are from there or living there. I imagine there are Facebook groups for the expatriates/international communities in Copenhagen. You could start by scouring those and perhaps making a post to introduce yourself while describing what you're looking for?

aliyahg27 karma

It’s one of my dreams to one day live in Portugal. I’m from the US. How does one even get started with living abroad? What was your process?

DorianGraysPassport35 karma

In addition to being a US citizen, I gained the citizenship of an EU country while living abroad. This passport has allowed me to easily relocate and set myself up every time I have moved within Europe. Spain is extremely accessible to North Americans as every year they import English language teaching assistants to help out bilingual programs in schools across the country. For myself and many others, this was the gateway drug that brought us into the new world.

Nunzwithgunz23 karma

What would you recommend for gaps on a resume? Or say like a job you worked at for a month or so (and didn’t work out for whatever reason).

DorianGraysPassport69 karma

I would not acknowledge the gaps, personally. Recruiters will not pry our ask you about them directly in an interview out of fear that answering the question will be triggering for you. (illness, death, divorce) I'd implore you to position yourself as someone who used the downtime productively. Start volunteering and taking online classes.

Below is the story of one of my clients, a mother who took a 13-year sabbatical to raise her son. Before the sabbatical, her experiences were as a secretary for some impressive companies, but she was lacking in practical modern skills until she immersed herself in online classes. She obtained work with my help and allowed me to feature her in article about inspirational success stories. Her excerpt is below.

"Before the lockdown began, Cristina was orienting herself to return to the workforce after a 13-year sabbatical. She began familiarizing herself with modern tools through a series of online courses, which was how she prepared to account for her sabbatical to interviewers if asked.

I helped Cristina to professionally remodel her CV from a chronological list into a skills-based structure that showcased fluency in German, Spanish, English and Danish. Not long thereafter, she had her LinkedIn profile optimized and learned best practices in navigating it.

When the lockdown began, many of her scheduled interviews were halted by hiring freezes. Undeterred, she remained committed to the cause and was ultimately hired by a boutique real estate firm in Madrid that recognized the value she’d add as a polyglot.

'My advice to anyone coming back into the workforce after a long break is to be yourself and promote your strengths. Don’t be scared to reach out to people in your network and don’t feel dejected if your first application is unsuccessful. Take it as part of the learning process on your way to success.' – Cristina (Spain/Germany)"

legendary-levi21 karma

I know many things about various skills but i am not good at any of it, how can I use it as a positive point in my resume?

DorianGraysPassport45 karma

Define "not good at any of it". You are probably better than you think. If you have working knowledge of the concept you can add it to your skills section in the expertise subheading. I categorize skills three ways.

Languages: (Self explanatory - ranging from Conversational, Intermediate, Advanced, or Native)

Interpersonal: Public Speaking | Adaptability | Cross-Cultural Communication | Community Building | Customer Service | Conflict Resolution | Mentorship

Expertise: (Things you specialize in or have working knowledge of)

TheBootMan13 karma

Does "being honest" actually help you during a job interview or is it all bullshit?

DorianGraysPassport55 karma

It really depends on what you are being honest about. Sincerity and being genuine helps greatly, but oversharing works against you. I always advise my clients to rehearse an easily provable narrative of who they are and what they've accomplished in their careers thus far, and steer every interview question to an opportunity to use the rehearsed answers.

For example, many of my clients are English language teaching assistants in Spain. When COVID hit, schools in Spain abruptly had to move all classes online. I have told all of these clients to rehearse a story about how they were instrumental in spearheading institution-wide digital transformations to ensure an uninterrupted academic term for their students. This required that they rise to the occasion and work across cultural lines with the often elderly and digitally illiterate Spanish staff of the schools, who were previously averse to modernity, to teach them how to conduct lessons online.

More than one of my teaching assistant clients have obtained better-paid work at emerging e-tech and e-learning companies as a result of my coaching. The narrative above has a beginning, middle, and end and positions the candidate as someone who can take charge, mentor others, communicate effectively. You want your rehearsed answers to common interview questions to give context about the nature of your work, the way you collaborate with others, and your potential to add value to the organization you are interviewing with.

Talonqr13 karma

Given that you've lived in those countries have you noticed any glaring differences in how each country generally structures and fills their resumes?

DorianGraysPassport28 karma

Modern international organizations all use an identical CV structure and can be in English regardless of the language of the host country. CVs in Spain and France tend to require a picture on the document. I think within Europe the most uniquely detailed CVs are the Swiss ones because you need to specify your age, nationality, and work permit type. I normally do not volunteer this information unless specified.

Drman9711 karma

Best advice you can give a recent college grad? How do you market yourself to land that first job/internship if you’ve got no REAL experience?

DorianGraysPassport30 karma

Position yourself as malleable with a desire to learn and grow while showing your passion for whatever the employer's mission is. Workplaces need fresh blood to bring innovation and working knowledge of tools the older folks cannot learn as easily.

franky-lfrr9 karma

Anywhere promising for a trilingual guy looking for remote work?

DorianGraysPassport16 karma

Yes absolutely. Look for customer service roles that can be done from home. Check out these resources and think about what types of tech products will be used more often in this new world we are living in. For example, a friend of mine obtained a customer service role at a partner company of a major MMORPG which has seen increased users since the lockdown crisis, which prompted them to hire more staff to attend to increased demand.

jonvel77 karma

This is to big to be a coincidence as I was working on my resume and I hope you can help. Im 27 years old and Im trying to finish what I started 10 years ago and graduate in Marketing. I will be graduating in May 2021 and I feel Im extremely underqualified.

Ive worked on a lot of things in those ten years from retail to dispatcher in ports to quality control in construction and even working in a law firm tracking clients. How can I sell my self to them as I've never had an internship in a marketing field? How could I surpass that feeling of not being good enough and market my experiences in a way it appeals to them? as Im competing with 20yr olds.

DorianGraysPassport6 karma

I am happy to help you. Feel free to write to me through my website platform.

robdelterror6 karma

I am just setting out on my journey as a writer. Currently I manage content for a digital marketing company and I've had that gig for just shy of a year. I'm just about to start the 3rd year of my degree, so for now everything is just fine. I'm earning enough to survive and I have the time spare that I need to put into my degree.

Once I've finished my degree, I want to turn this up to ten and earn some big bucks so I guess my questions are, how did you get started with it all? What other paths have you trodden? Is it all freelance stuff? Are you planning to hire anyone and expand? I've spoken with my misses previously about providing writing services locally. When it comes to CVs and job interviews I've landed some jobs that were way above me, purely through an innate ability to articulate myself. I kind of wanted to offer this as a charitable service to the less informed, with hope of getting some professional work off the back of it. Any advice, would be slurped with Jack Daniels and Ice. Thanks.

DorianGraysPassport11 karma

Hi! First and foremost, make a website of you as a writer, the services you offer, and an about section of who you are as a storyteller. Creating this with the help of a friend was what helped me make this my full-time job after working as a content strategist at an MBA school. My trajectory was English teacher in Spain (who wrote lifestyle articles in my free time) to MA student and International Organization intern, to the aforementioned content strategy role. After this, I took a job at another international organization that was not a good fit. I was sacked after the trial period for "lacking leadership and vision." I obtained this position because my CV and cover letter were flawless but I didn't have the godlike abilities they'd hoped I had. I had several less memorable project-based jobs in the 9-months that followed before launching my career services a year ago! Within the first month of doing what I do, two of my clients were hired by impressive employers locally in Madrid where I was living at the time, and their positive reviews on the local online communities brought me more people in a self-perpetuating cycle.

My advice: Do not limit yourself to the local. Leverage every connection. Form a specialization as a writer and position yourself as an expert in that subject matter.

I intend to hire an assistant within a year but it will very likely be a local in Portugal for the benefits I would receive. I intend to train them to manage my social media presence so I can be in two places at once and scoop up even more clients.

Roscoe_King4 karma

I had a career in advertising for almost ten years. A few years ago I got fired. It left me with a burn-out and a hatred for the only branche I was trained to work in. I don’t want to go back into advertising, but since I left I have been doing random jobs. Which creates a big gap in my resume. I don’t really know what to do. Study for a new job? I’m a bit older and don’t have a lot of money. Go back into advertising? I would have to follow a whole lot of courses, plus I don’t really like the work. What would you recommend for someone like me?

DorianGraysPassport5 karma

Your advertising background could make you an asset as an in-house communications/brand strategist at any company you respect. Don't dwell on the resume gaps or your bitterness about being sacked because it is a slippery slope. If you go to my website at the top of this post, and go to my writing samples section, you will see that I've written an article about how to bounce back after getting sacked. Maybe it will help you.

old_news_forgotten4 karma

How do you charge clients?

DorianGraysPassport27 karma

I ask Redditors for EUR 85 for the CV/resume workshop service, as this is the same rate I ask of friends and past colleagues. Normally, my fees are on a case by case basis after I study the person's LinkedIn, goals, and most recent resume. The highest I have ever charged was EUR 200 to an executive in a wealthy Middle Eastern country, which he paid happily and immediately.

barefacedstorm13 karma

Charge more, way way way more for this type of work.

DorianGraysPassport31 karma

I periodically increase the prices but what I pride myself in is being accessible to interesting people. I'd hate my job if all of the clients were executives who treat me like the help. What would you suggest I charge?

north1south2 karma

Hi at that price i think i would be able to use your service and really benefit from it. Could we talk in DMs?

DorianGraysPassport2 karma

Absolutely. Write to me through my website platform and we can work something out!

nothingonmyback4 karma

Hey, thanks for doing this!

How important do you think certificates from online courses are when creating a resume, especially the ones that aren't very prestiged, like Udemy? I've been learning programming and data science since the pandemic started and I have three of those certificates on my LinkedIn and they are also listed in my CV. Do you think recruiters overlook those because they are easy to get since all you have to do is watch a bunch of videos or is it something worth sharing, along with a portfolio, in my case? Should I aim for a more valuable course? I'm from Brazil, if that matters.

Also, as a Brazilian thinking of moving out in the future, what small changes could I make to my professional profile to be seen as a valuable person by an international company, if any?

DorianGraysPassport12 karma

I mention the online courses in the cover letters in a paragraph like this:

"As a lifelong learner, I am always striving to add new skills and methods to my toolkit. Routinely enrolled in online courses, seminars, and languages classes, I take great pride in gaining new abilities and then in turn teaching them to others. Most recently, I participated in an e-learning course focused on best-practices in XXXXXX with the intention of applying the knowledge gained in my work."

King_Apathy_VIII3 karma

One thing that really frustrates me in interviews is cliche questions where no answer is ever going to satisfy them or stand out:

What is your biggest weakness? Talk about a time you resolved a conflict in the workplace. What are your thoughts on diversity in the workplace?

It just feels like you can't win. Any advice on this?

DorianGraysPassport14 karma

You would rehearse a narrative about who you are that gives relevant context about the work you've done, your achievements, and your ability to rise to the occasion. You would selectively steer the questions as you answer them towards the story you wish to tell about who you are.

Kep0a3 karma

Hi Dan, how did you get into this type of work? Has working abroad been a goal and this is an outcome? or somehow the other way around? What were you doing before?

I'd love to be able to do something similar and it's cool to see someone doing it in the exact country I had in mind!

DorianGraysPassport8 karma

I was living abroad for 7 years before I got into this profession. My most recent move from my beloved, expensive, and crowded Madrid to serene and cost-effective Porto was only made possible by being completely location-independent. If you make the jump yourself, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or Instagram through my website and I would be happy to answer specific questions you have.

Plow_King3 karma

do you think turning IAMA's into ads is a good thing?

also, how's rampart?

DorianGraysPassport22 karma

Admittedly, I like feeling useful and as if I am helping people, while I know that anytime I am visible I will get new clients and continue thriving. I view this as a win-win situation as my free counsel benefits people, as does my paid service. If this inspires someone to use my paid service, fantastic! If not, all good, I still get to share my knowledge and feel useful.

earthwarrior3 karma

Have you ever helped anyone get into Investment Banking or Private Equity? Are you clients able to find jobs using their resume on online applications alone?

I'm a college student and having trouble getting interviews for internships with my current resume. I had one internship as a bank teller at a medium sized bank so far and I think that's limiting. Do you have any ideas of how to use that experience for a job in Investment Banking?

DorianGraysPassport4 karma

I have not had any clients who are inspiring investment bankers, but I have had a close friend as a client to help her switch from being a bank teller to working at a university in the city she lives in. I do know two former investment bankers at Santander who I could turn to for insight if needed.

jelvinjs73 karma

2-column resumes: what are your thoughts? Visually I prefer the layout—have a thinner aside column for facts like skills and education, and have the wider main section contain actual experience—but I worry that ATS reads it wrong and screws things up. Should I be concerned?

DorianGraysPassport9 karma

The ATS will read it wrong. A trick is to use your mouse to highlight the text to check if it highlights in the correct order. That is how the ATS will scan it.

Saxper3 karma

How do you handle employment history for people who work primarily varied gigs or short-term freelance jobs?

DorianGraysPassport6 karma

I would cluster all of the ones with identical responsibilities as to avoid repetition. I would try to extract the transferrable skills from each and focus on those.

pjscosta3 karma

Why Portugal?

Fl4shbang6 karma

I'd probably say he/she plans on doing remote work. Portugal is one of the best places in the world to live if you have money.

DorianGraysPassport7 karma

Winner winner chicken dinner.

k_ram2273 karma

As a recent grad entering the job market in the age of COVID, how do I make myself appealing with no long term professional experience? I'm currently working two temporary part-time jobs and I'm not sure how to put those on a resume to seem meaningful

DorianGraysPassport3 karma

Are you good at social media? You could offer to be the virtual assistant of an entrepreneur and have them show you the ropes of their business in exchange for responding to emails on their behalf and managing their social media presence. This enables them to be in two places at once.

What are your current two-part time jobs and what do they entail? I could whip something up for you in real time.

k_ram2274 karma

I am a US Census enumerator and I help run a high volume drive thru COVID test site in a low income urban neighborhood. For the Census, I am assigned caseload of households to contact in person for data collection. I explain to respondents why the census important and collect accurate info and submit it to the census database. For the COVID testing, i check people in for their appointments, provide them public health/safety info and resources, instruct patients on how to take the test. I am not the greatest at social media and it isn't something I have considered before. I'd eventually like to pursue a joint masters in Public Health and Social Work but I need at least 500 hours of relevant work experience in order to even apply to the programs I'm interested in

Thank you for this AMA, a lot of your responses have been super helpful and encouraging during this difficult time for a noob who's just starting out :)

DorianGraysPassport4 karma

This is a challenging one and I've been immersed in this AMA and responding to all of the inquiries it has gained me. Let me get back to you.

PinguRS2 karma

Hi, I've started proofreading and correcting documents including essays and CVs on Fiverr - what would you say is the best way to get customers as I've had very little so far?

DorianGraysPassport3 karma

Make it very clear to everyone you know in IRL that this is something that you are doing. Use social media to advertise. Have a website that showcases your work and collect testimonials from satisfied clients.

youreprobablyright2 karma

Any tips for job hunting in Paris as someone who has never lived in France?

DorianGraysPassport19 karma

I used to live in Paris despite not being able to speak French. I interned there while studying and many of my friends still live and work there. First and foremost you need to have your feet on the ground there, with permission to reside there. There are many online communities for Expats in Paris that I'd advise you to scour. I had a positive experience interning at the OECD as my mentor figure there took an interest in teaching me how to become a stronger writer and editor. Are you an EU citizen? Connect with me on LinkedIn through my website and I'll see if anyone in my network in Paris can help you.

PS - I personally would NEVER live in Paris again. I have nothing but love for my friends who live there but the glamour and prestige are not worth the stressors.

cesrep2 karma

How do you handle people who are relatively qualified but don’t have college degrees? I’m almost certainly biased, but I’ve found despite really strong written skills and experience with major, major companies (Netflix, Disney, et al) I’ll often not even receive a reply. Thanks!

DorianGraysPassport2 karma

Conventional higher education matters less and less. Do not be deterred. After working with Netflix and Disney, you are a high-value catch.

tea-rannosaurusrex2 karma

Are you able to help guide people into areas their skills match?

DorianGraysPassport3 karma

Yes! I do this whenever possible! I have helped many teachers who are nervous about schools reopening to move into the e-tech/e-learning space as curriculum designers or marketing specialists for edtech products.

Weedzkey2 karma

If you had an advice for someone who’s looking for an internship during COVID, what would it be ?

DorianGraysPassport5 karma

Create a pitch offering to be the virtual assistant to an entrepreneur in your network. Offer to manage their social media presence on their behalf and reply to their emails to enable them to be in two places at once. A client of mine in Madrid was brought onto a major copywriting agency this way as an intern during the lockdown and they just hired her as a real employee yesterday.

BowSkyy2 karma

How did you manage to transition from a side hustle into your full time job? I'm a recruiting manager with a ton of resume experience but never feel right charging people.

DorianGraysPassport6 karma

The turning point was creating my website and posting it in several online communities. My rates were lower when I began and I began gradually increasing them as more and more clients have obtained meaningful work. People tell me I should charge more and target executives but I am having a great time with my rates being accessible so I get people from all walks of life.

anniepumpkin1 karma

I’m applying for a PhD in Epidemiology. Could you also help me prepare some of the requirements, like the intention letter or similar documents? English is not my first language and I’ve also never applied to Institutions outside my country.

DorianGraysPassport1 karma

Yes, I would be happy to! If you wrote me to my website I'll respond within the next few days!

pants67891 karma

Did you start living abroad before smart phones?

DorianGraysPassport10 karma

I moved abroad in 2012 and was late on the Smartphone game, I got my first smartphone in 2014 and it was an iphone 5 S. My current smartphone is an Iphone 6

nicekato421 karma

What is your favorite port wine?

DorianGraysPassport2 karma

I don't fuck with it or any other sugar booze unless its the teeniest amount as desert after a big meal.

Snaz51 karma

How do i also leave america and move to portugal?

DorianGraysPassport5 karma

When I am not rewriting CVs, I write articles to tell the compelling stories of others. I was connected with a fellow who got out of the United States and got into Portugal three weeks ago, despite the pandemic and travel restrictions. He detailed the highly illegal route he took in this article by yours truly.

misssarahjane1 karma

I'm finishing my MA in the next week and would love to work with you!

At school, it is often stressed that we have an "elevator pitch" to tell our story quickly to someone concisely and highlight our best qualities. Do you work with people on their narratives and how to present themselves when networking?

DorianGraysPassport1 karma

Yes, I specialize in this. I help the clients rehearse the stories that they in turn will direct the interviewer towards with strategic answers to questions.