How To Look For Good Professional Resume Writers On The Internet

choosing the right resume writerThese days, when you need to look for a certain service, it’ very likely that you’ll turn to the Internet first before checking out other avenues. This is an understandable trend, of course— there is no other medium for advertisement that is quite as up-to-date or with such a wide coverage as the Internet. If you are a new job applicant, the Internet is a particularly useful resource for job hunting tips, advice on today’s industries, and for finding ways to boost your chances in the job market, such as hiring professional resume writers to create an eye-catching and impressive resume for you.

The Internet will indeed be able to provide a multitude of companies and resume writing institutions for you to choose from, but because there are so many, a lot of applicants may find it incredibly difficult to select one. So how do you go about all these choices? How do you know if a certain company’s professional resume writers can be trusted with not only your resume — the most important document needed to jumpstart your career — but also your money?

Evaluate their credibility

Since you are already on the Internet, the first thing you can do to evaluate a company’s credibility is by visiting its website. Is the website clean-looking, well-designed, and organised? Can you easily find the company’s product and their corresponding packages as well as other crucial information like the company’s profile? If you answered yes to all of these, then you’re already on the right track. After all, if the company’s website is easy to navigate and very user-friendly, then their professional resume writers can apply the same organisational tactics to your resume.

Testimonials

While you are browsing the company’s website, also check for testimonials from previous customers. A website that is laden with numerous testimonials that only vaguely describe the company’s merits should not be trusted. What’s even worse is if the testimonials sound like a sales pitch and come from anonymous or unnamed clients! Steer clear of those. A good company can back up the quality of their work with specific and detailed comments from real people.

Who’s behind the company

Lastly, always check the company’s profile. Who heads the group? Does he or she have any experience in hiring like an HR expert or a CEO? Are the company’s professional resume writers certified? How many years has the company been in the business? Answers to questions like these can help you determine whether you are dealing with a high-quality service or not.

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kylie hammond

How to Write a Resume When You Want to Change Industries

shutterstock_107896715It wasn’t that long ago when people would start a career in their early 20’s and stick with it through to retirement. Today that kind of longevity is rare and current statistics suggest most people will change careers at least 7 times throughout their working years. The problem arises when you decide that the industry you are in is no longer for you; how do you go about re-entering a completely new industry? How do you go about showcasing your talents so that they can transfer from one industry to another?

Creating a resume to help you make that transition is crucial to your success. Here are some guidelines to follow:

Start Fresh

Rather than trying to bend and mould your current resume to fit your new aspirations, you are better off starting with a clean slate. It can sometimes be difficult to decide what to cut and paste when you are working with an original draft that clearly needs plenty of edits. Starting fresh can help you to identify and highlight the most important aspects of your background and skills as they pertain to your new career path. Sit down and first make a list for yourself to work from, pinpointing the reasons you believe you would be a good fit in this new industry. Why have you decided to make this switch, and what do you think should make you a desirable candidate? By starting from scratch, you are allowing yourself the opportunity to reinvent your career history, without being tied down by the definitions and explanations you have used in the past.

Change Your Format

Up to this point, you have probably been using a Chronological resume format. When you are about to embark upon a new career field, however, Functional or Targeted formats tend to be better options. The Functional resume format will highlight your skills and allow you to show off exactly what you have to offer without necessarily focusing on past job titles or the companies you have worked for. This can be especially important when you are moving into an entirely different industry, as it will allow hiring managers to see what you are capable, not the titles you have previously been identified by. A Targeted format can offer a similar level of flexibility, creating a resume which is written specifically to the job description you are applying for.

Focus on the Transferrable

Think about how your previous experience is actually transferable to your new chosen career path. What are the tasks you completed before which could indicate your ability to succeed in this new industry? If you have a history of working with customers, for instance, think about how that could transfer into the role you are now hoping to take on. Even if some of your tasks seem very central to your previous career field and not necessarily applicable now, think about what those tasks specifically required of you and how your ability to excel in completing them speaks to your value as an employee overall.

Sell Yourself

Make sure your resume reflects why you would be a perfect fit for this new career, not why it would be a stretch for hiring managers to give you a chance. You don’t want to draw too much attention to the fact that this would be an industry shift for you. Rather, you want to show the hiring managers exactly what you have to offer and how making you a part of their team would benefit them. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself and exude confidence in your resume. Think creatively about your previous work history, and spin it in a way that makes you sound like an incredible candidate no matter what kind of career path you are pursuing. If you are confident that your background could lend itself well to this new job, hiring managers will see that and be interested in learning more.

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kylie hammond

9 terms that will ruin your resume

what not to saw in a resumeFrom the perspective of a hiring manager, most resumes and cover letters can quickly begin to blend together, the same words and phrases repeated over and over again reduce their meaning entirely. As a job seeker though, it is difficult to know how to stand out from the crowd and avoid language which may cause a recruiters eyes to glaze over. Below I have listed 9 words and terms to avoid, keeping your resume clean and enticing for the hiring managers who are bored with reviewing the same kind of documents over and over again:

“Salary Negotiable”

Unless strict salary guidelines are in place for a position, as is common for many government jobs, it is typically assumed that salary is negotiable. If you weren’t negotiable on salary, you wouldn’t be out seeking a job in the first place. Including this information on your resume is both superfluous and presumptuous. Don’t do it.

“Married with Children”

Avoid references to your personal life. It isn’t relevant, and could put hiring managers in the awkward position of knowing information they don’t need to know. Remember that your resume is a reflection of your professional history, not your personal background.

“High School”

If you have been in the work force for a few years or have any college experience at all under your belt, your high school information has no business on your resume. Hiring managers don’t care what your GPA was five years ago, and including it will only hint at a lack of maturity on your part.

“Transferable Skills”

This makes it seem as though you are attempting to convince a hiring manager to give you a shot at a job you aren’t qualified for. Even if that is the case, you don’t want to make it so obvious. Detailing out your past skill set is fantastic, but avoid trying to fluff those skills up by referring to them as “transferrable”.

“Hobbies/ Interests”

No matter what you may have heard back in school, these do not belong on your resume. Get rid of them. Talking with a hiring manager about a shared interest in sports during your interview is one thing. Including it on your resume is another.

“Problem-Solving Skills”

This is one of those terms that is too generic and could technically be claimed by anyone. Stick to skills that are unique to you and identify ways in which you contributed to a company in a quantifiable manner.

“Had”

Starting a bulleted list off with the word “had” weakens everything which is about to come next, making it seem as though you are simply writing out a job description rather than detailing your dynamic set of skills. Swap “had” for the use of strong and active verbs instead, letting hiring managers see exactly what you are capable of.

“Highly Qualified”

This is the kind of fluffy language that doesn’t actually serve a purpose. Not to mention, it is so overused on resumes that it might just be a surefire way to annoy a hiring manager.

“Team Player”

Show this with your past experience rather than attempting to boil it down to two words. The words mean nothing if you can’t back them up with examples.

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kylie hammond

4 Ways to Strengthen Your Personal Brand Online

 

personal online brandOnce upon a time, the job search industry was very much based on resumes and paperwork. You sent off your application and if all looked good, you probably received a call from the recruiter or employer asking you to come in for an interview. 

Today, job searching is about much more than that. While resumes and other documents are still very important, your personal brand and image has come to play a much more crucial role in how you are seen by others in your industry, including colleagues, competitors and employers. 

This is largely in thanks to social media and the world of the web, which have both made candidate information much more accessible beyond a piece of paper. Now, instead of simply relying on paperwork, search consultants, head hunters and hiring managers can all peruse your various profiles online and gain more of an insight into who you are as professional and what you can offer a company.   

1) Actively Promote Your Value Proposition 

As I recently discussed in this blog post, your Value Proposition is central to your personal brand. It summarises who you are, what value you can bring to an organisation and how you do it. It is also the one, encapsulating phrase that communicates your expertise and tells others what you are known for in the industry. 

Once you have developed your Value Proposition, promoting it is key. You should ensure that your Value Proposition is a prominent and visible part of everything that exists about you, from your Twitter bio and your LinkedIn profile to your resumes and cover letters.

If you don’t want your Value Proposition to sound repetitive, consider tweaking it a little to suit each of your different platforms and target audiences. 

2) Update Your Profiles

Your online profiles are one of the most visible documents that recruiters and employers often see when reviewing your competencies for a role. For this reason, it is vital that you keep your profiles up to date; you will no doubt always be gaining new skills, so adding these to your profiles will ensure they are relevant and fresh. 

One of the best ways to make your profiles stand out, however, is to ensure they reflect both your Value Proposition and your Unique Selling Points. What is original and innovative about what you offer as a candidate? What can you bring to a company that others can’t? 

Try to make your profiles as exclusive and as engaging as possible so that they will appeal to employers and show them that you can compete against other talent.  

3) Get Published 

Your views and opinions – alongside your expertise – is often what can define you in the marketplace. 

Publishing your thoughts and ideas, whether via a blog, a guest blog or a professional publication, can help to strengthen your brand and showcase your expertise to others in the industry.

It also gives you professional and relevant content to share on your social profiles. 

4) Become Socially Active

If you have shunned social media to date, whether you don’t believe in it or because you’re ‘too busy’, it’s time to change your ways and get socially active. Focus on making connections, expanding your networks and interacting with groups and forums.

Social media plays a huge part in personal branding and is yet another way in which you can show employers that you are keeping up with technology – as well as with other movements, trends and issues that are relevant to your industry.

To start with, make sure you at least have a profile on LinkedIn and perhaps Twitter, and only share thoughts that are completely professional and that are aligned with your brand. 

Resumes Australia can you develop and promote your personal brand, as well apply for positions and write resumes. To learn more about our exclusive and customised services, visit www.resumes-australia.com.au

Regards,

kylie hammond

How to Write a Corporate Biography

Corporate BiographyCorporate biographies are extremely useful tools that can be published almost anywhere you choose, from your resume to your LinkedIn profile to your company website. You can also use your biography to promote your talents at conferences and other public relations events or in industry publications and reports.

Like writing a resume, however, composing a corporate biography is often a challenge. It must be accurate and succinct and it must successfully portray you as a compelling leader.

Begin With Your Value Proposition

The opening paragraph of your corporate biography should explain who you are, what you do and why you are so highly valued as a leader in your industry. You should highlight your key competencies for the reader and spell out what makes you a unique innovator and front-runner in your field.

You can also use the introduction to communicate your overall objectives and what you hope to achieve in the industry long term (alternatively, you can also leave this until the end).

Dive Into Your Achievements and Contributions

There are many ways to approach the juicy content that makes up your career. You can use the body of your biography to describe your career ‘story’ and how you came to be or (if you are trying to keep your biography short) you can instead focus solely on emphasising your key achievements and contributions to the industry. Of course, you can also create a combination of both (story + achievements).

Try to be as detailed as you can here, using concrete ‘facts’ to illustrate your expertise. For example, you could mention any prestigious companies you have worked for, conferences you have spoken at or locations around the world you have worked in. You can also mention any awards or commendations you have received.

Go Out With a Bang

You can communicate a wealth of facts or details to readers at the end of your corporate biography, but two approaches I recommend include:

  • Ending with your future goals, your vision or the ‘next steps’ of your industry mission – what’s upcoming on your agenda as an executive or leader?
  • Finishing with your most recent accomplishments, such as a global seminar you might have presented at or an article you might have had published

Both of these endings create the impression that you are actively influencing and contributing to your industry and that you are consistently working to progress your value as an executive.

As time moves on, don’t forget to update your biography with any new ‘next steps’ or accomplishments.

Biography Language

Like any professional document, the language you use in your corporate biography should be formal and professional.

Depending on your target audience, however, you can tweak your language slightly to alter the ‘image’ your biography creates. For instance, if you were to give a talk to a group of school students, you might want to come off sounding a little more ‘fun’ and ‘outgoing’, rather than ultra-corporate.

You should also write your biography using the third person. For example: “John Smith is the CEO and founder of…” or “In 2005, John joined…”

Working With Your Corporate Biography

Once you have the initial account of your corporate biography created, it is much easier to rework it into different versions that vary in length or detail.

You can expand on your biography to create a longer story about your success (keep this around 1 page) or you can shorten your biography into a ‘snippet’ that can be used at the end of posts or articles you write or on your social media profiles.

Resumes Australia works with executives and CEOs on a range of career documents, including corporate biographies, resumes, cover letters, branding documents and social media profiles. Visit Resumes Australia to learn more.

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kylie hammond

Fantastic Options for Retiring Executives

Options For Retiring ExecutivesAs a cultivated corporate executive, you may or may not be looking forward to reaching the finishing line of your career. Wrapping up a lifetime worth of professional experience and achievements is no easy feat and it is usually one that is fraught with mixed feelings.

While some executives may look forward to relaxing in the sun or spending time with family, other executives may have issues ‘letting go’ and instead wish to stay active in the corporate world.

If extending your current position is not feasible, there are many other options open to you that will allow you to sustain your talents and your passion for work.

Mentoring

Finding a job as a corporate mentor is a wonderful and lucrative way to cultivate your leadership abilities and keep your hands in the workplace pot. You can mentor other executives in your field or you could consider continuing working with your present organisation but in a mentorship capacity. This can be a rewarding position that allows you to contribute to the success of others and impart your wisdom to less experienced executives. To top it all off, it can be very financially rewarding as well.

Coaching & Teaching

Coaching and teaching can also be a fulfilling career step post-fulltime employment and the wonderful thing here is that you can work as much or as little as you’d like. You can become involved in any facet of coaching or training that you enjoy, such as coaching people on various leadership competencies or obtaining employment with a college, institution or a private educational body.

Starting a Business

Starting a business is a great option for executives who find themselves finishing up in the corporate world, but who still want to exercise their leadership and business competencies. This may be the ideal opportunity to start the business you’ve always dreamed of, but have perhaps never had time to initiate and manage.

It’s good to keep in mind here that your new business doesn’t have to be corporately focused and instead can centre on any hobbies or personal interests that excite you. For instance, you could start business that is based on gardening, writing, consulting, finance trading, being a handyman or anything else you find enjoyable.

Volunteering

Volunteering can also be a very rewarding job to take on once you retire and it will give you the opportunity to both use your skills and meet new and like-minded people.

If volunteer work appeals to you, consider searching for work within your community or donating time to a specific charity that you feel passionate about. Once again you can volunteer as much as you like, whether in a fulltime capacity or a casual one.

Don’t have a soft spot for any particular type of charity or cause? You can also volunteer in places like hospitals, retirement homes, special schools, museums or at events and festivals that you are interested in.

Starting a New Career

You will have no doubt built up a lifetime of talent in managing a business, so you should be able to easily apply these skills to another job altogether after your retirement, especially one that is less demanding and less “executive.” Starting a new career can also mean you cultivate new abilities, keep your brain active and get to know new and interesting people, even if you only work part-time.

In Australia, there are plenty of job search sites you can utilise in order to find employment suitable for seniors and one of the biggest benefits here is that you can be as choosy as you like, so dedicate the time to finding a job that both interests and motivates you.

Need a little help with your post-retirement employment? Resumes Australia provides flexible executive services such as career coaching, resume writing and more.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Common Causes of Executive Unhappiness & How to Fix Them

InterviewcoachingExecutive positions often involve a high level of demand and responsibility. Although this is expected at the senior level, it will be beneficial for executives and their organisations to be aware of the common causes of workplace unhappiness, all of which can result in low employee productivity, resignations and unsatisfying career journeys.

1. Low Remuneration

Low remuneration is the primary reason workers become dissatisfied, especially if their workload or responsibilities are increasing or if their salaries are significantly below the industry benchmark.

Solution: If you feel like you are not being paid fairly, then it could be time to ask for a raise and/or promotion. Build a case that describes in detail why you deserve better pay and make sure you have evidence and examples to back up your claims. If more money is not an option, consider asking for additional benefits or perks.

2. No Work-Life Balance

These days, the corporate work environment is an extremely busy place, with workloads getting larger, hours getting longer, and work being done at home more often. If you constantly operate in high gear, it can lead to feelings of stress, inefficiency, unhappiness and frustration.

Solution: To achieve a better work-life balance, try implementing more rigid work hours, delegating junior tasks, leaving work at work and even taking regular lunch breaks. All of these things can relieve the pressure and make your responsibilities much more enjoyable.

3. Lack of Job Satisfaction

People feel greater satisfaction when doing work that is engaging, challenging and that they feel adds value to the organisation. Lack of job satisfaction generally comes from being under-utilised in a role, being unable to grow and learn or sensing that the role is not a good fit in terms of long term career objectives.

Solution: To shake things up, try taking on more challenging duties, mentoring a colleague or expanding your professional skills and qualifications. If you feel your lack of job satisfaction is related to the big picture, it might be time to brush up on your resume writing skills and find a new position.

4. Lack of Resources and Support

A lack of resources or support to get the job done right is one of the most common causes of workplace frustration. As organisations battle it out to keep costs down, executives may find it difficult to either navigate the multitude of responsibilities they are given or implement desired strategies and procedures without the right staff in place.

Solution: If you aren’t being supplied with the resources you need to succeed in your role, then you need to make changes. These might involve hiring new staff or securing new suppliers, giving current staff more responsibilities, improving processes for better efficiency or even reworking budgets to find funds that can sponsor additional resources.

5. Ineffective Company Strategies or Policies

If your company has business practices that you can’t get on board with, then continuing to work for them can create much workplace stress. While you can still give it your all, you might never feel like your priorities and opinions are truly valued.

Solution: Try finding new ways to make your voice heard or coming up with ideas on how to change the vision or policies of the organisation. If this is not feasible (which it may not be if you are not in a senior role), consider moving on to another employer whose goals, policies and values you respect.

6. Frustrating Processes

Workplace bureaucracy – including cumbersome company processes, strict work rules and tangles of organisational red tape – contributes significantly to employee dissatisfaction. As an organisation becomes larger and more established, managerial layers are added and the corporate rulebook often gets bigger. When a company becomes too bogged down with processes, it can lose touch with employees and shut down individual ideas, creativity and innovation.

Solution: If you find yourself bound by corporate red tape, see if you can come up with more efficient ways of working within the given processes or obtaining additional resources (e.g. an administrator) to assist you or your team in managing the work.

If you are unhappy in your current role, Resumes Australia can work with you to find new job motivation, rethink your career plans or secure new employment altogether.

Regards,

kylie hammond

The Secret to Successful Career Goals

success career goalsThe secret to a successful career is all about developing a clear vision.

The questions surrounding this might involve what you want from your career, where you see yourself in 10 years time and the reasons why you want to reach these goals.

 

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Yet I’ve also seen many candidates fail in achieving their career objectives and this can often be because the goals they’ve set are misaligned, not properly planned or just unrealistic.

Define Your Idea of Success

We all want to be successful in our careers, but “success” means different things to different people. To begin with, think about what “success” means to you. Is it about achieving a specific salary so that you can live comfortably? It is about having that dream CEO job or is it really about making a difference to others in your community or country?

Consider what you truly want to achieve from your career and what values and factors are important to you. Once you understand what you really want, you’ll be able to develop career goals that automatically grow from your wants and needs and that will eventually bring you much career fulfilment.

Identify Your Strengths

If you are having trouble figuring out what you want out of your career, try thinking about your strengths. They could be technical strengths, behavioural strengths or business strengths.
Creating goals around your strengths and key talents is essential, since many of us gain career satisfaction and happiness from utilising our strengths on the job.

Consider how your strengths can give rise to your career goals; for example, if you enjoy working with facts and figures, your goal might be to secure an analyst position. If your strength is communicating and helping others, one of your goals might be to find employment that involves mentoring, coaching or volunteering.

Want, Not Should

A significant part of career happiness is also making sure you choose goals that you think you can achieve or want to achieve, not goals that you feel you should achieve. While we all face pressure in our lives, such as the need to pay rent and bills, making sure that your goals also bring you fulfilment in one way or another is crucial. If you develop your goals around what you or others think you should be doing, your goals are most likely going to be unattainable; and even if they are achieved, they won’t bring you any satisfaction.

Successful Support

One of the biggest secrets behind successful career goals is also having the right support. Mentors, managers, career coaches, recruiters, search consultants and even resume writers can all form your career support network and many will be invaluable in helping you achieve your goals. These people will ideally possess expertise in certain areas and will be able to assist you throughout the course of your career.

If you are lacking support in some areas, now may be the ideal time to make some great connections and find support from people you trust.

Need help with your career goal setting? Resumes Australia offers comprehensive career consulting services for executives and CEOs, as well as graduates and aspiring professionals.

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kylie hammond

Using Keywords In Your Resumes & Profiles

The art of resume writing has changed significantly in recent times, particularly with online platforms and social media technology playing a huge part in the way employers and search consultants work.

In the same way that websites rely on keywords to get to the top of search engine results, job seekers must also use keywords to get their resumes to the top of candidate searches.

Many consultants and employers rely on databases and digital searches nowadays when aiming to fill positions. As a result, resumes and online profiles must be much more keyword driven.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Keywords

The most difficult part about using keywords in your professional resume is understanding which ones will resonate with a particular employer or resume database. Luckily, job seekers can employ several techniques to help them choose the right keywords for their resumes and profiles:

1. Consider the job title: Job titles are one of the most common keywords employers will use when conducting searches. If you are set on a particular job role, include this keyword at least 2-5 times in your resume. A good way to determine if your keyword is effective is to conduct a search using this keyword yourself, either on a job site or via a search engine. If relevant job listings come up, you will know you’re using the right words.

2. Review the job posting: Job descriptions will often contain important keywords in the way of skills, credentials, responsibilities and competencies. Consider what your own ideal role involves and which keywords are being used consistently by employers across various job postings related to your field or industry. For example, if you notice that ‘thought leadership’ is used frequently, you will need to include ‘thought leadership’ as a keyword in your resume.

3. Visit the company website: The website of the hiring company will generally offer industry specific terms that can be used as keywords. By reading through the website content, job seekers will quickly learn the industry terminology or product/service titles that are most relevant to the employer.

Step 2: Using Keywords Properly

Choosing the right keywords is only half the battle when it comes to effective resume writing. Using keywords organically in your resume is important, and will prevent you from turning your resume or online profile into ‘spam.’ My best tips for effective keyword inclusion are:

  • Use the most important keywords at the start of your document, such as in the ‘summary’ or ‘profile’ sections.
  • Present your keywords in context. That is, write relevant sentences and descriptions that include your desired keywords. Don’t simply list your keywords, as this is ineffective and lazy.
  • Using keywords when describing your accomplishments can also be very beneficial. This will draw the reader to your achievements and show them in a clear and concrete way what you are capable of.
  • Include the most important keywords throughout your resume or profile, but only when they can be used naturally and relevantly. Many databases and engines will rank resumes/profiles based on how many times a specific keyword is used. However, if you include certain keywords for the sake it, your content will appear sloppy and unprofessional and the recruiter will instantly reject your resume.

Step 3: Adapting Your Keywords

Every resume should be tailored specifically for each different job application, but without compromising the quality or integrity of your experience and achievements. Although your online profile can remain the same, you should tweak each resume application to include keywords that are relevant to that position, job description or employer. This will help maximise your success and means that you’ll stay one step ahead of those keyword-driven databases and searches.

Resumes Australia is a leading resume writing and career guidance firm specialising in executive resume writing and online profile writing. Contact Us to learn more about how we can help you find and use the right keywords during your job search.

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kylie hammond

5 Social Media Mistakes That Will Kill Your Job Search

social mediaIn the last five years, social media has significantly altered the job seeking and recruitment landscape.

Executive job hunters now have a much better chance of connecting with industry leaders and participating in online activities that can ultimately enhance their careers.

 

Yet while social media sites are considered to be beneficial to job seekers, there are instances when social media can lead to rejected resumes and lost opportunities, which can ultimately affect your chances of employment. Here is best advice for avoiding these social media blunders:

1. Avoid Inappropriate Content

When employers check your social media profiles, they are looking for clues about your personality that will help them decide whether or not you are the ideal candidate for their company. While your profile on LinkedIn should be useful, platforms like Twitter and Facebook can be harmful if inappropriate content (photographs, posts, comments) exists on your profile. While these are only meant to be shared between friends, they can harm your chances of employment significantly if viewed by a prospective employer or recruiter.

To avoid this social media blunder, you should either avoid sharing inappropriate messages or pictures via your profile or set your profile to ‘private’ rather than ‘public,’ so that prospective employers can’t gain access to it. In addition, you may wish to set up a second profile for yourself that is purely professional.

2. Complete Your Profiles

Keeping your personal profiles updated regularly is essential in contributing to your overall professional brand. When it comes to more professional social media sites, such as LinkedIn, failing to update or complete your social media profile can also create a negative impression with employers and recruiters.

It shows that you don’t complete tasks when you start them and that you don’t consider the social media platform to be worthy of your time and effort. This can be detrimental in your job search, especially when so many employers use social media to verify information and connect with job seekers.

3. Write Engaging Content

Consistent and well-written content on social media sites is also expected these days. No matter how comprehensive your content is, grammatical errors or discrepancies in information will leave employers assuming that you are sloppy in your work and that you don’t pay attention to detail.

Both resume writing and profile writing should be given your utmost time and dedication, especially if you are searching for work. If your resume writing skills are not up to scratch, consider utilising a professional resume writing service who can write your profile for you.

4. Sharing Thoughts & Opinions

Participating in social media groups and discussions is a fantastic way to make new connections and improve your professional standing. Yet if your opinions are too strong, one-sided or even biased, you may find yourself alienating potential employers. While it’s great to be passionate about many things, my best advice to those sharing their viewpoints on social media sites is to remain professional at all times. Unethical, ignorant or slanderous comments can ruin your chances of employment on the spot.

5. Badmouthing Employers

Badmouthing their past or present employers is one of the biggest mistakes many job seekers and even current employees make on the social media scene. Negative comments about your company in general or any of your colleagues or bosses should be avoided at all times. This tells a prospective employer that you lack integrity and professionalism and that you don’t respect others around you. Although venting can be useful, make sure that any complaints you have about your past employment are shared in confidence with someone you trust – and not online.

Are you an executive looking for work? Resumes Australia is a full career service firm offering unique resume writing, social media profile writing and career coaching solutions. Learn more today at: http://www.resumes-australia.com.au/.

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