Resume Writing

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!

Digital-Friendly

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 virginia@sydneyresumes.com.au for comment and feedback.

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    Client Reviews

    Virginia was recommend to me by a friend. At first I was a bit suspicious, what could possibly this person do for me! After one phone conversation I was excited to work with Virginia. I needed my CV rewritten completely and she really nailed it!Most of all I appreciated her honesty and advice that came from personal experience.One thing I remember well, she asked me to go through the final draft of my new CV and make changes, which made me laugh. Very professionally written and covered every single detail!Not a single word to change.Than you Virginia
    Luka Vrscaj
    Luka Vrscaj
    Virginia was recommended to me by a colleague. She has extensive and incredibly valuable experience in interview strategy and techniques. She is easy to work with and very responsive. I highly recommend her!
    Taline Chater
    Taline Chater
    Virginia got me back into a Business Development Manager role in 2020 after being made redundant. I'm in a great new job now thanks to Virginia.
    WhatsUp Gold
    WhatsUp Gold
    Virginia offers a highly professional service to her clients. She is discreet, thorough and delivers a resume that will give you the best opportunity in securing the job you want. She is diligent and her talent lies in teasing out your skills, strengths and work history, such that your resume stands out from the rest.I have no hesitation in recommending Sydney Resumes services to anyone.
    Sue Perkins
    Sue Perkins
    A wonderful human being to work with and an absolute wordsmith. Virginia transformed my resume and work history into an employment magnet, and was able to masterfully bring out the best (even better than what I thought!) in my experience and skills. Virginia is an absolute asset in the pursuit of any valuable role 🙂
    Liana Porihis
    Liana Porihis
    Virginia’s guidance and expertise are second to none – in all aspects of applying for a role! Virginia did a phenomenal job transforming my resume – my career to date never looked so good on paper – it truly exceeded my expectations! If you are after an outstanding resume or cover letter, look no further. Virginia has invaluable talent with absolute dedication and support. Words cannot express how truly grateful I am for all of Virginia’s guidance and assistance. I highly recommend Sydney Resumes.
    Melina Voukidis
    Melina Voukidis
    This is the second time I have used Virginia at Sydney Resumes. Virginia is very professional and has helped my applications stand out from the rest!! On the two occasions I have used her services not only did I get an interview but ended getting both jobs!! Very much recommended. Thanks again Virginia.
    Joel Gafa
    Joel Gafa
    After an extremely long absence from the workforce, i scoured the internet looking for a professional resume service and was immediately drawn to the website, Sydney Resumes. The website was easy to navigate, addressed many of the concerns I had returning to the workforce following a long absence and had a long list of testimonials from satisfied customers.Following a brief telephone conversation with Virginia Craven, the principal of Sydney Resumes, we met in person to discuss my return to the workforce, the area I would like to work in and my work history. Despite having very little to work with in terms of my professional work history, Virginia was able to utilise all the volunteer work I had undertaken to my advantage. My resume and letter of introduction were both exceptionally well presented and addressed key employability skills. In short, Virginia managed to work a miracle. I am thrilled with the finished product.I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Sydney Resumes.
    Jen Fields
    Jen Fields
    Virginia was a pleasure to work with. I found her extensive resume knowledge and skills invaluable. Virginia made herself readily available via email and telephone to answer any questions and assist where possible. The time, effort and thought that was placed into my CV was evident in the final product. I highly recommend Virginia to anyone who is looking to update their resume.
    Reen Perry
    Reen Perry
    Virginia was amazing with her guidance and made the process easy for myself. Virginia has superb written communication skills, outstanding customer service, and knowledge. I highly recommend her work.
    Helen Efstathiou
    Helen Efstathiou
    Virginia reformed my CV to a professional and outstanding standard, after I'd recently graduated my Bachelors and travelled for a couple of years. I received a number of job interviews and gained a position invaluable to starting me off on my career path. The CV is very well structured and easy to manipulate to add new positions and work experience. I have used this CV as a base for a number of years and still get great compliments for it. Thank you very much Virginia!
    Penelope Hill
    Penelope Hill
    Virginia was so deeply professional and her input and support enabled me to put together a CV that helped to finally land me a permanent teaching job after four years of submitting over 30 applications! I was so happy with her work, I then referred other friends to her who have also benefitted from Virginia's skills and knowledge. Thank you Virginia, I owe you so much for your efforts in helping me gain permanent employment.
    Gillian Trimingham
    Gillian Trimingham
    The resumes and cover letters undertaken by Sydney Resumes are expertly worded and professional. I have personally recommended this service to a number of people and everyone who has engaged them has succussed in obtaining the position they set out to achieve.
    Ellen Slaven
    Ellen Slaven
    I would like to thank Virginia Craven for all her help and professional attention with my resume.At 51 and in between careers, I had plenty of experience and qualifications to fill a resume but not a clue about how to put an effective one together.I have discovered from the positive feedback from my current resume, just how important structure and choosing the right target words can be. Your resume is your front line to the employer and needs to send a specific message in as short as space possible.Virginia gave caring , personal attention to my portfolio and produced for me a very impressive resume that helped open doors to opportunities that would have otherwise passed me by.I am very grateful for her help and have no hesitation in recommending her to fellow job seekers.Andi Benson,Team Leader at ADRA Gardens Cannington.
    Andi Benson
    Andi Benson
    I came to Virginia as a university student in my final semester. At the time I had been applying to countless jobs and was not receiving any responses/call backs.As a near graduate with numerous academic accolades and corporate work experience I could not work out why.After visiting Virginia, she transformed my resume and within weeks I started receiving responses/call backs. The layout of my resume was also praised at a career counseling session I had shortly after employing her services.I now work for one of the largest IT companies in the world. The work Virginia did quite literally got my "foot in the door" and provided me with the interview opportunities I needed to showcase my abilities.
    RYAN HARRIS
    RYAN HARRIS
    Virginia has exceptional writing skills, and she takes the time to understand you as a person. She has been an invaluable help to my career progression and a true mentor. She is very passionate and proud of her work.
    Tomas Bubla
    Tomas Bubla