February 12, 2013 Leave a comment
An executive resume is an extremely important career document that has the power and the influence to mould your career.
From initiating that first step with employers, securing first interviews and providing you with the leverage to negotiate the salaries you want.
Yet many of my clients enquire about why they still sometimes find themselves facing job rejection, even with the most persuasive and impressive professional resume. There are many reasons why this can happen and many factors that can impact how successful you are in your job applications. Let’s take a look at the most common:
Do You Actually Have a Professional Resume?
A professional resume is a resume that has been written by a qualified resume writer. Writing your own resume is a good first step for many candidates, but despite best efforts, an amateur resume will most likely fail in reflecting your skills and experience in the most effective or accurate way. As a result, this can lead to decreased job prospects and opportunities.
An expert resume writer can greatly improve your career opportunities simply because they:
(a) have impeccable creative writing skills and know how to word your experience in an appealing way and
(b) they have a thorough understanding of what a great resume should be.
Most resume writers will have a high level of experience in the recruitment and resume industries and will know exactly what an employer or a recruiter wants to see in a specific application. Consider how proficient and well written your resume really is when assessing your job success.
Competencies & Talents
An absence of the desired competencies and talents for a job can also lead to your application being dismissed in favour of someone else, even at the final interview stage. If your resume is written in a highly impressive way, you still need the right level of skill and expertise in order to fulfil the job requirements. If you don’t have what the employer is looking for, no amount of resume writing can change your level of skill.
There is a big difference between having the right experience and simply not demonstrating it well in your resume and, lacking the right experience altogether. While the former is the outcome of a poorly written resume, the latter means you should consider whether you are actually under-qualified for the role.
Being over-qualified is also a common reason why some candidates do not move onto the next stage of the recruitment process. Employers and organisations will often be especially reluctant to hire over-qualified or highly experienced candidates, simply because they fear that they will become too bored in the role and will subsequently start looking for another job.
If this has happened to you, you should think carefully about why you want to apply for positions that are below your skill level? While your reasons might be financial (or because you need to find employment urgently), put some serious thought into how applying for lower level positions fits in with your long-term career goals.
Do You Fit In Culturally?
Every company that you apply for a position with will have a specific culture and environment that needs to be taken into account. A large part of the recruitment process is to find a candidate, who not only has the right expertise, but who will also have the right characteristics, beliefs, attitudes and values to culturally fit in with the organisation.
While you might have all the right skills and talents on paper, it’s also extremely important to an employer that you will blend in well with your colleagues and teams. Some organisations are brash, aggressive and demanding while others are laid-back, casual and fun, so when applying for jobs, consider how your personality does (or doesn’t) fit in with the organisation.
Is your resume limiting your career success – or is it something else? Resumes Australia is a complete resume writing and career coaching service that can help you identify (and fix) why your job applications are going wrong. Contact Us today for a complete resume or career audit!