Having trouble landing job interviews despite sending out countless resumes and job applications? There is no need for you to be in this position, if you have an experienced recruiter like Virginia Craven working with you and for you. Studies have found that recruiters spend a mere seven seconds reading a resume. That is a tiny window of opportunity for your resume to make an impression.
This is why every word on your resume has to count. A compelling resume will be customised yet simple, concise and describe the value you can bring to the position/company, so much so, that it catches the attention of recruiters, so they want to interview you. The following are a few critical elements of a compelling resume.
Tailor your Resume
You’ve probably heard this before, but I can’t stress the importance of it enough: Tailor your resume by creating a customised resume and cover letter for each job you’re applying to. Recruiters can always tell if they’re reading a generalised resume, ‘one size fits all’. Resumes tailored to the specific position will contain information that’s been curated to demonstrate the candidate’s unique suitability for the role to which they are applying.
That said, creating a customised resume for each job you are applying for can be a tedious, time-consuming task. Tell Virginia what you want to say to your next potential employer. She then uses her knowledge and written expertise to document this for you in a specifically targeted resume/CV. Virginia guarantees document satisfaction. You will be proud to submit your resume and application for the job you want, knowing you have invested in yourself and the development of your future career.
Virginia Craven of Sydney Resumes, having over 30 years of experience in recruitment and human resources management. Virginia knows what a resume should do and offers a personalised resume writing service to ensure that your application is optimised, not just for the job but for the specific company and/or industry to which you are applying. Therefore, you will not need to send out countless applications and have your hopes smashed with each refusal you receive, this can be demoralising and sap your energy and enthusiasm to keep applying for jobs, when perhaps you were not skilled nor suited for them in the first place, or often because you have not aligned your skills to the selection criteria nominated for the particular position/job vacant or advertised.
Meeting the Selection Criteria
The job description and/or the position description (PD) will include Selection Criteria, it is imperative that your resume details your specific skills, expertise, and experience that meet and satisfy each of these nominated position requirements. Virginia partners with you to identify which of your skills and experience are most relevant for each item listed in the Selection Criteria; what the company is looking for. The advertisement or PD will detail the specific skills and experience that the business requires to fill its vacant position.
Often the company/business/organisation specify that you must provide a specific example of how and when you demonstrated this skill in the workplace. Sometimes it is hard to think of the specific example, that is just right, to illustrate your skill and the result you achieved. Virginia’s knowledge of what an employer is looking for in these examples has been proven to be precisely what gets you the job you are applying for.
Did you know that some companies/organisations read your selection criteria response or statement or letter of application (cover letter) before they read your resume?
Showing the VALUE you bring
Documenting your achievements from each position you have held is an important part of your resume. It shows the recruiter/hiring manager what value you could bring to the position you are applying for, describing your achievements with statistics, if you have them, makes the best impression, if not, then describing your achievements with action verbs, what you actually did and what was the result for the business, you worked for previously.
ATS-Friendly Format & Content
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) pre-filter resumes before they’re reviewed by an actual person, a recruiter, human resources officer or the hiring manager. While these software systems are effective in weeding out under qualified candidates, they only play well with specific file formats and layouts. Resumes with creative graphic elements or unconventional layouts might not be compatible with the software.
Sydney Resumes will see to it that your professionally crafted resumes get you past the robots!
Features of a digital-friendly resume include hyperlinked content that enables ease of reference so recruiters can click on a link for more information instantly, e.g. on a previous employer or a project or achievement featured on an online portfolio or website. Virginia also provides a LinkedIn profile writing service to ensure consistency when writing your resume.
Writing a customised and compelling resume takes significant time, informed knowledge, and written communication skills. Leave it in Virginia’s expert hands to craft a resume that does justice to your skills, knowledge, experience and achievements!
Get in touch to make an appointment for a consultation or talk to Virginia on 0457 44 88 67 for more information or qualification of what position you want and how to develop your career or refine your job search. Ask how to set a career goal and how to achieve it or how to further develop your career to achieve your personal career goal. Ask her how she can help you, send her your current resume/CV document for a no obligation free health check, as an attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org for comment and feedback.