17 ELCA | European Landscape Contractors Association
Owners of the company

On the level of the owners of the company                                                        Deutscher text Auf der Ebene der Inhaber des Unternehmens              Texte français Au niveau des propriétaires de l’entreprise

For your exchange to succeed and your goal(s) would be understandable for the host company you need to compile and send us your cover letter and CV.

Cover letter

The purpose of a cover letter is to get the recipient to read your CV.  It should be clear, concise and straight to the point. Down below are some points which will help you to write the cover letter:

  • provide a little information about yourself
  • what is your goal(s) to go abroad (professional, cultural, etc.)
  • what you have to offer and why host company should read your CV
  • have the most up-to-date information about your qualifications and education
  • describe briefly your work experiences, personal skills, and competence level (see EQF)
  • highlight what you specialize in
  • tell something about your career which will immediately get recipient interest
  • add also dates, when you want to go abroad and how long you want to stay there
  • do you have a driving license valid in EU
  • your expectations for host company (accommodation, salary, insurance, etc.)

Before you mail the cover letter, read it over again.  Special attention should be placed to ensure the letter: it is not too long, there are no grammar or spelling errors and the layout should be written in a formal style and correctly.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You can create your own CV and language passport in the European language of your choice on the following website using the Europass tool: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/.

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level descriptions

European Qualifications Framework is build-up for 8 levels.

This framework helps to recognize your competency level so that the tasks in the host company would be on your level and would help to improve your skills and competence. 

 

The levels 2 to 5 illustrating movie is available here, in English, in French.

Level 1

 

  • Work under direct supervision in structured content.

Level 2

 

  • Work under supervision with some autonomy.
  • The time range in planning is days and he/she is not responsible for his own work planning.

Level 3

  • Carries out tasks autonomously after brief explanation and shows initiative.
  • Take responsibility for the completion of tasks at work, adapt own behaviour to circumstances in solving problems.
  • The time range in planning is weeks, also when he/she is responsible for his own work planning.

Level 4

 

  • Carries out tasks autonomously.
  • Exercise self-management within the guidelines of work contexts that are usually predictable.
  • Supervise the routine work of others, taking some responsibility for the evaluation and improvement of work activities.
  • The time range in planning is weeks (for the complex part of the work)  to months (for the complex routine part of the work, like financial targets).

Level 5

 

  • Carries out tasks autonomously and shows initiative.
  • Exercise management and supervision in contexts of work activities where there is unpredictable change, review and develop the performance of self and others.
  • The time range for planning is months (new or complex work) to a year (more complex routine work).

Level 6

 

  • Manage complex technical or professional activities or projects, taking responsibility for decision making in unpredictable work contexts.
  • Take responsibility for managing the professional development of individuals and groups.
  • The time range for planning is 1-5 years.

Level 7

 

  • Manage and transform work contexts that are complex, unpredictable and require new strategic approaches.
  • Take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge and practice and/or for reviewing the strategic performance of teams.
  • The time range for planning is 5-10 years.

Level 8

 

  • Demonstrate substantial authority, innovation, autonomy, scholarly and professional integrity.
  • Sustain commitment to the development of new ideas or processes at the forefront of work contexts including research.
  • The time range for planning is 10-30 years, anticipates the impact of the activities on the next generation.

Intercultural and linguistic preparation

Living abroad and working in a foreign country will provide a deeper knowledge of another culture, its people and language.

Searching the Internet is one good way to access information of all sorts. Everything from companies, travel, leisure, language and customs. Important information such as passport and visa requirements are available on the internet as well as information on health and safety conditions. You will find information on currency exchange rates and the cost of living. 

Useful links

Travel guides

Information about countries

International newspapers

Cultural difference

Embassies worldwide

Language skills are essential to do an effective job and to be able to establish contacts with customers or colleagues. Make sure you will manage in the workplace and if needed then have language training before.

Implementing a Mobility Strategy

1. Preparation

Activities

Who is involved

Selecting of participants

ELCA, sending partner

Cultural and language preparation

Participant, sending partner, ELCA

Assessing the competence level of participants (EQF)

Participant, sending partner, ELCA

Assessing the language skills according to the Common European Framework

of Reference for Language (CEFR). (Europass Language passport)

Participant, sending partner

Creating CV and cover letter (Europass CV)

Participant

Setting the goals of mobility. (Units)

Participant, sending partner, ELCA

Organizing the trip (tickets, insurance, accommodation, etc.)

Participant, sending partner, host partner, ELCA

Preparation of documents (Memorandum of Understanding, contract/agreement)

ELCA

 

2. Implementing

Becoming accustomed and getting to know the host company

Participant, host company

Getting experiences in the host company

Participant, host company

Being involved in the local culture

Participant, host company

Reporting to sending company about the working process and outcomes

Participant

 

3. Validation and recognition

Assessing the level of competences of the participant

Participant, host company, ELCA

Assessing the outcomes of goals

Participant, host company, ELCA

Certificates (e.g. Europass)

Host company, ELCA

Report to the sending company

Participant

Recognizing of mobility outcomes for HR system of the company

or qualification system of the country

Sending partner


Have a successful experience and make the best of it!