Why Career Objectives Are Outdated

Career ObjectivesThe concept and history of the Career Objective is an interesting one; while it was once considered an integral part of an executive resume or CV, Career Objectives are now often viewed as an unnecessary and outdated practice that adds no value to your resume document. Why is this?

The History of the Career Objective

In more traditional recruitment times, a Career Objective was thought to be useful for candidates to communicate their career goals and to explain how their skills and experience could contribute to a given organisation.

Some employers also argued that a Career Objective was a way for them to quickly see whether the candidate was the ‘right’ person for the job and to confirm that the candidate was committed to the role long term.

However, over time, Career Objectives have lost a lot of credence, mostly because they are very limiting in nature and because they are usually poorly composed by candidates.

What many employers also discovered was that there was very little room for candidates to justify or elaborate on their supposed talents in the Career Objective.

Many candidates also used the career objective to tell the employer what they wanted to hear or to simply repeat what they had read in the job advertisement.

Why You Shouldn’t Include a Career Objective

When you apply for a job, a Career Objective does very little to convince the employer you are the best person for the job. Most of the time, the reader will simply skim over or ignore your objective and skip straight to the nitty-gritty details of your experience.

A Career Objective is also redundant because:

  • In applying for the job, you are automatically telling the employer that the job aligns with your career goals. If it didn’t, why would you apply for the role?
  • Recruitment is much more fast-paced and diverse industry in today’s times and most recruiters are now unconcerned about your personal career objectives or needs. All that matters to them is that you are the right person for the role. If they do want to know more about your long term plans, they will ask you during the interview.
  • If you do happen to make your Career Objective too detailed or specific, an employer may rule you out at the first glance, especially if what you have stated does not fit in with what they are looking for.
  • A poorly written objective can detract significantly from your professional resume, particularly if it clashes with the rest of the details in your resume or if it uses vague, flowery or weak language.

When Should You Use a Career Objective?

The only circumstances under which you should include a Career Objective in your executive resume is if:

  • The recruiter or employer has, for some reason, specifically requested it.
  • You are changing industries and your experience does not support the role you are applying for. In this case, you can use the Career Objective to clarify this move, so that the reader doesn’t feel your application is completely unsuitable or mismatched.

Alternatives to the Career Objective

Some executive candidates feel that having a Career Objective acts as an introduction on the front page of their resumes. If you feel the need to explain your competencies in your application, you should instead:

  • Include a cover letter with your executive resume application. A cover letter is a much more comprehensive document that allows you to clarify exactly how your skills relate to the employer’s selection criteria statement.
  • Replace your Career Objective with your Value Proposition. Your Value Proposition is a brief defining statement that summarises who you are, what value you can bring to a company and what your personal brand represents.
  • Consider including a summary of your talents and experience. This might be similar to the background summary that is included on your LinkedIn profile. This should be a quick, easy to read snapshot that gives employers an overview of your skills and value.

Above all else, you will need to make sure that whichever method of communication you choose is extremely well written in order to stand out from other applications.

Resumes Australia provides results-driven services to executives, CEOs and professionals who seek career guidance, resume writing assistance and executive coaching. Review all of our career services here.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Using Jargon In Your Resumes

Using Jargon In Your ResumesWhen it comes producing effective and engaging resumes, there are many “rules” to follow, from getting rid of your photographs to being as detailed as you can about your past achievements.

Good resume writing often takes plenty of time, effort and skill and one of the most common issues my resumes writers encounter when working with executives is whether or not they should use jargon in their resumes.

Do Resume Writing & Jargon Go Together?

Using jargon in your resumes has no real benefit for you as a job seeker. Some candidates assume that using jargon and technical terminology in their resumes will demonstrate their aptitude for the industry or will somehow make them appear “smarter” on paper and therefore more appealing to employers.

Yet what a lot of candidates fail to realise is that quality resume writing is all about translating jargon, as well as other abbreviations and terminology, into plain English and easily understandable business concepts. There are many reasons for this:

  • Most recruitment agents, search consultants and HR managers won’t be overly familiar with the jargon used in your industry or field. Including jargon in your resumes, especially when applying through an agency, can create confusion and can mean that you miss out on being selected for an interview.
  • A lot of the time, your resume will not go straight to the person who is going to interview and/or hire you. Instead, it will likely pass through a “gate keeper,” who will review your resume first. This gate keeper will likely be a recruitment consultant or a lower level employee in the organisation who may not understand industry jargon.
  • Employers generally want to see evidence of what you can do for an organisation. They are more interested in the value and expertise you can bring to the role, rather than on what technical skills you have. If you do have extensive technical skills, you can discuss these in the job interview.
  • Recruiters and employers will not be won over by jargon. If you think that filling up your resume with jargon is enough to impress an employer and win you an interview, you should rethink your resume writing approach. Recruiters and employers will be able to see through any ‘jargon tactics’ you are using and will most likely be unimpressed with your efforts.

Is ANY Jargon OK to Use?

Resume writing rules are not always set in stone, however, and there can be some instances when jargon may be suitable to include in your resume.

If you do need to use any jargon or abbreviations, you should make sure that they do not saturate your resume document. This can make you come across as unprofessional and trying too hard to impress the reader.

  • You can use some industry jargon or terminology if it is listed in the job description. If this is the case, the employer will usually expect you to directly address the criteria, which means you should use the same terms they have included.
  • Some specialised professions may require the use of jargon in order to demonstrate the capabilities and achievements of the candidate. This usually applies to very specific fields, such as medical, scientific, legal or technology niches. In these instances, you should ensure that your resume contains a strong balance between plain English and jargon.
  • If you are using any abbreviations or acronyms, replace these with a full name or title instead. Avoid including the abbreviation or acronym in brackets after the full name, unless you are going to be using the shortened term frequently throughout your document.
  • Make sure you avoid any jargon or terms that are specific to your current company. Large organisations often develop their own, internal vocabulary to give their projects and responsibilities definition. However, don’t assume that anyone outside of your company will understand these terms. Instead, translate these terms so that they make sense to people who know nothing about your organisation.

Not sure if your resume has too much jargon? Contact our resume writers at Resumes Australia for a complete audit and review of your resume. Remember, the better your resume is, the more success you’ll have!

Regards

kylie hammond

Resume Writing: How Long Should Your Resume Be?

Resume WritingProfessional resume writing is a critical career step that many executives, CEOs and candidates choose to invest in, simply because they understand just how competitive the market is and much a quality resume can impact their career success.

One of the most common questions I’m asked when approached about our resume writing services is, “How Long Should My Resume Be?”

Quality, Not Quantity

Two pages? Five pages? Ten pages?

Effective resume writing is all about making sure that the talents you possess are highlighted and fleshed out on paper, so that they relate directly to what the employer is looking for. It’s as if the employer is saying, “this is what we need for our company,” and your resume is responding by saying, “I can do what you need! Here’s the evidence.”

When it comes to determining how long your resume should be, it is essentially a simple matter of quality not quantity. That is, it does not matter how long or how short your resume is at all. As long as your strengths, achievements and skills are described in an effective and accurate manner, recruiters and employers won’t care if your resume is 10 pages or 2 pages.

Myths About Resume Lengths

There are many myths surrounding the idea of resume lengths. Some candidates believe that if their resume is too long, employers won’t bother to read it. So, they look for ways to cut down on important details or skills, and as a result, their resume ends up being too vague. Others feel that if their resume is too short, it makes them a weaker candidate. This prompts them to try to fill up their resumes with useless information that is not beneficial to their application.

Once again, the key to success here is to remember that it’s all about quality and about how well you portray your talents and value on the page. If your resume is 6 pages long and filled with fluff or unnecessary details, then yes, employers won’t bother reading it, but if it is 6 pages long and filled with fantastic insights about what you can do as a professional, then the reader will most likely be impressed.

As long as your resume is openly and clearly answering the employer’s request for experience and skills, you shouldn’t worry about whether your resume is too long or too short. Instead, focus on what unique talents you possess and what you can bring to the table.

General Resume Writing Rules

Knowing how long your resume should be is really about knowing what you should and shouldn’t include when resume writing.

What You Should Do:

  • Include your Value Proposition in your resume – what makes you unique and different from other candidates? Why should the employer choose you over others?
  • Link the responsibilities and duties in each of your roles directly to the employer’s job description – if an employer is looking for specific skills or talents, place these at the top of each of your jobs
  • Highlight your achievements and expand these using the ‘Action, Process, Outcome’ technique. Don’t worry about how much space this takes up in your resume, just concentrate on explaining how you brought value to the organisation

What You Shouldn’t Do:

  • Include any personal details related to your age, birthday, marital status, race or religion or salary – this information has no impact on your suitability for the role
  • Look for ways to fill up your resume just for the sake of it. Instead, make sure every word on your resume is relevant to the application
  • Include jobs you had over 8-10 years ago; only include older jobs if you feel that your accomplishments there are directly relevant to the position you are applying for. For instance, if you are going for a financial management position, the employer won’t really care about a casual retail job you had while you were studying
  • Adjust your formatting to make your resume longer or shorter; recruiters are not stupid and will immediately see through this lazy technique

Specified Lengths

In some cases, the employer may stipulate a maximum resume length or application length in their job advertisement. Since this is a direct requirement, you should aim to stick to the employer’s instructions as failure to do so can put you in a negative light.

If you are unsure about how to cut down your resume (or expand it) to suit the specified number of pages, you may want to engage the assistance of an experienced resume writer.

Not sure if your resume is cutting it? The resume writers at Resumes Australia constantly produce high calibre resumes for CEOs, senior executives, mid-level professionals and graduates. Learn more at: www.resumes-australia.com.au

Regards,

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

Promoting Yourself at Career Expos

ExpoWhether you are starting out in your career, wanting to change industries or simply looking for ways to climb up that corporate ladder, career expos offer many opportunities. Attending a career expo is one of the most valued ways to find new employment, meet new executives and get in touch with potential employers.

Achieving success at these events is all about selling yourself, networking with the right people and setting the groundwork for future relationships.

Be Resume Ready

Your resume is one of the most important tools that will help you secure new employment. It is a good idea to bring several copies of your resume with you to any career expo – and make sure that you have too many, rather than too few.

You should also ensure that your resume is professional, expertly written and targeted to the kind of position/s you are looking for. It may even benefit you to have a few different versions of your resume to hand to different employers. If resume writing is not your strength, you should consider obtaining the services of an experienced resume writer.

Bringing along your portfolio or any other marketing materials you have can also help you stand out from the competition.

Know Your Targets

Career expos tend to showcase a multitude of organisations and businesses, all of which are looking to exhibit their worth and attract potential employees. As a job seeker, you will achieve much more success if you find out in advance which companies will be attending the expo and then create a shortlist of the companies you wish to target/visit.

The more you know about each of these businesses, the more you will be able to tailor your approach and master any conversations you have with company representatives. If you are currently looking for work, finding out about any specific vacancies that each company has can also be beneficial, but be wary of being too pushy about these.

Dress the Part

First impressions always make a significant difference when it comes to meeting employers, so if you are heading to a career event, make sure you dress appropriately. This is particularly important if you plan to target high-end corporate companies. Even if you don’t dress in full business attire, a smart-casual outfit will help present you professionally to potential employers.

Value Proposition

Industry events and career expos are often extremely busy places, meaning you may only have a minute or two to make a strong impression. Part of this process is making sure that you know exactly what to say to representatives and employers. Highlight your strengths, skills or talents and make sure they are relevant to the organisation. Rehearsing your value proposition beforehand can be extremely beneficial, as can formal interview coaching.

Know Your Goals

Finally, make sure that you understand what you want to get out of the career expo and what you want to achieve on a long term basis in your career. It’s fine to attend knowing that you want a job, but have you thought about what kind of job, what kind of organisation and what kind of people you want to work with?

Knowing both your long term and short term goals will allow you to devise a successful strategy for connecting with the right people and employers at the event, and if you factor your goals into your approaches and discussions, you will also create the impression that you are a forward-thinking candidate.

Need an outstanding resume? The expert resume writing team at Resumes Australia can produce specialist resumes for career events, expos or job applications, whether you are a graduate or a senior at the CEO level.

Regards,

kylie hammond

How to Kick Start Your Graduate Career

graduateLife beyond university is a truly exciting time, yet many graduates will find that while their education is fresh, the job market can still be a highly competitive place.

Distinguishing yourself from the crowd as a recent graduate is vital in heightening your chances of success and competing against other graduates, as well as more experienced candidates.

 

Resumes

Getting your resume together needs to happen as you are nearing the end of your degree or studies. Resume writing is an art form that many executives invest in, in order to remain competitive. The quality of your resume can mean the difference between securing an interview and losing the opportunity to another candidate.

Ensure that your resume is professionally written, immaculately presented and that it effectively highlights your capabilities, skills and education. You should also include any job experience you have acquired while studying; even if it is not entirely relevant to your industry, you can use this experience to emphasise your work ethic and your transferable skills. If you are unsure how to write a powerful resume, working with a resume writing specialist may be ideal.

Internships and Volunteer work

Completing internships throughout your studies is an extremely effective way to build your experience, extend your professional network and locate opportunities for fulltime, paid employment in your industry. While some degrees will include a formal internship as a mandatory part of assessment, you can greatly enhance your career opportunities by completing volunteer internships, volunteer work, casual work, or even paid work in your industry. In addition to developing your on-the-job skills and confidence, you’ll also be giving yourself a strong advantage over other graduate jobseekers.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s most popular professional networking tool and with over 200 million members, it’s something every graduate should value and utilise. As a student, you should create a winning profile on LinkedIn and begin networking as much as possible. Participating in groups, posting updates or following and connecting with influential industry leaders will give you ample opportunity to find employment.

Make sure that you also voice the fact that you are searching for employment and don’t forget to include the right keywords in your profile – this will make you more ‘findable’ in the eyes of recruiters and employers.

Career Expos

Career expos and career days are great for students. These events provide excellent opportunities to network with professionals and employers in your field. A list of prospective employers will usually be released before the event, so start by identifying the companies you wish to work for and conduct as much research on each as you can. It can also be extremely beneficial to prepare a number of resumes to hand out, and each should be tailored to meet employer requirements.

Career Counselling Services

Many universities and graduate school will also offer career counselling services to students. These counsellors can be effective in helping you identify your career goals, assessing your skills, competencies and providing you with valuable resources related to your industry. You should also check-in with your career services on a regular basis to find out what graduate positions are being advertised within the university and/or what graduate programs are available.

Recruitment Agents

Recruitment agents can be beneficial when helping you find corporate employment, but positions can also be very competitive. Again, your resume should be well written in order to stand out from the crowd and you should make every effort to meet with your recruitment agent face-to-face. It’s important to realise, however, that a recruitment agent’s main role is to satisfy the employer (their client) and their focus is to find candidates who hold the right skills, competencies and qualifications for a particular job. That said, agencies can open up plenty of other professional opportunities that you may otherwise not have access to.

Are you a graduate ready to embark on a professional career? Resumes Australia offers resume writing, career counselling and interviewing coaching services to a range of candidates, from Graduates to Managers to CEOs. Kick-start your career with us today!

Regards,
kylie hammond

4 Tips That Will Transform Your Resume in 2013

resumeToday’s high-powered resumes are changing and evolving at a rapid pace. In order to stand out from the crowd, your resume needs to represent your leadership and tactical strengths in a way that is quickly readable, creatively presented and modern.

While there are still many traditional characteristics that work well in resumes, the explosion of new technology is rapidly re-shaping industry demands.

Forcing even the most experienced professionals to re-think the way they present themselves. To get the edge on your job search, here’s how I recommend sprucing up your resume for the year ahead:

1. Highlight Your Social Presence

Savvy job seekers are starting to communicate their unique selling points through social media. Social sites like LinkedIn and Twitter not only provide a way for potential employers to research your qualifications and experience, but also provide you with the opportunity to sell your achievements and reinforce the successes outlined on your resume.

Including links to your LinkedIn or Twitter profiles in your resume can help you come across as a candidate who is keeping up with technology and social media trends. This is even more crucial if your field of expertise exists within the digital industry. To use a social media profile to your advantage, however, you must keep it professional, up-to-date and relevant to your field of expertise.

2.Create Context For Your Skills and Successes

Resume writing is often a challenge in itself and it is important that your resume is not overly functional; a functional resume focuses heavily on skills, rather than emphasising the benefits that your skills can bring (functional resumes only are ideal for graduates, executives changing careers or those who have been out of the workforce for a long time).

When your resume outlines problems you’ve solved and challenges you’ve overcome, your career story and individual value instantly becomes more engaging. For example, you could mention a problem you have faced in the workplace, and what specific skills you utilised to fix the problem and how this brought value to the business.

These types of stories demonstrate how you approach problems and show decisive leadership skills that benefit the company as a whole, rather than simply listing skills and allowing the reader to surmise their own conclusions.

3. Rethink the ‘Objective’

Traditional resume writing techniques have always included an ‘objective’ line that states what your needs are as a job seeker. Objective lines are generally passé and out-dated in today’s recruitment world. Instead, use a headline that highlights the skills and abilities that you can offer to a company based on what you know they are looking for.

4. Flaunt What You’ve Got

If you are the type of executive who participates regularly in the online community, linking to examples of your work can be highly beneficial and can demonstrate to employers exactly the type of results and value you can lend to an organisation.

Personal branding videos, websites, blogs or official publications, for example, can be strong illustrations of the kind of work you do and can create high impact in conjunction with your resume. If you do choose to link to something online, you will need to ensure that it is entirely your work and that it is an exemplary representation of the talents you have to offer.

These tips will all put you on the cutting edge of hiring trends this year and will ensure that you market yourself in a powerful and engaging way. To learn more about Resumes Australia and our resume writing services, visit http://www.resumes-australia.com.au.

Regards,
kylie hammond

How to Beat Rising Unemployment Rates

unemploymentWhile we may not be as unlucky as some other countries around the globe, economists have predicted that unemployment rates will most likely rise in Australia in 2013.

For this very reason, applying for future job openings will become even more competitive – which means that each time, your application and your professional resume need to be even more outstanding.
If you are job seeking in 2013, here is my best advice at how to beat the unemployment rate:

Make Your Resume Exceptional

Recruiters and employers often receive dozens, even hundreds of resumes for just one position. In order to grab their attention and stand out from the crowd, your professional resume must be brilliant. Great formatting, excellent wording and the right amount of detail will ensure that your resume speaks to the recruiter or employer and convinces them that you are the right person for the job.

If you’re unsure how to make your resume stand out or if your current resume is not garnering much interest, consider consulting a professional resume writer to help you.

Network As Much As Possible

While traditional advertisements and applications are still the preferred way to recruit, many positions these days are filled via networking. So, in addition to applying for jobs online, you need to ensure that you network consistently.

This means making contact and maintaining relationships with any friends or professional connections that you feel could help you in your job search. You can network by attending industry events, meeting with recruitment agents, contacting search consultants and setting up social media profiles on sites like Twitter and LinkedIn.

Prepare For Interviews

If you are fortunate enough to secure an interview, you must be prepared! The competition will still be high and you need to make a strong impression with your interviewer in order to move onto the next stage. Familiarise yourself with the company as much as possible and spend some time conducting research into what they do and what markets they operate in.

Next, make sure that you know yourself – and your resume. Your interviewer will ask you lots of tough questions about your skills, experience and abilities throughout the interview – will you be able to answer them all? If the answer is ‘no,’ interview coaching may be the solution you’re looking for.

Don’t Get Lazy

Many candidates searching for employment tend to apply for one or two jobs and then sit back and wait. This is fine if you’re not in a major hurry, but doing this can greatly limit your chances of finding employment. If you need to find a job sooner rather than later, don’t get lazy. Applying for jobs can be hard work, but you need to keep at it. Try not to wait for one response before deciding to apply for something else. My best advice is to be proactive with your job applications: as soon as you see something that could be right for you, apply for it! This will open up your opportunities much more.

Do SOMETHING!

It’s easy to spend all your time applying for jobs or simply waiting around to hear back from recruiters. But having large gaps in your resume can also deter employers, recruiters and even headhunters, since these people are much more likely to employ someone who is already actively working or keeping busy.

If you’ve been out of work for a while, broaden your options with tasks like volunteer work, temp work or even internships. These will make sure you continue to expand your skills and they also look great on your resume, giving employers the impression that you’re a proactive and ‘ready to work’ type of person. Volunteering, temping and internships can also open the doors to many other opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t have known about, including full time and paid employment.

Regards,
kylie hammond

How to Get the Most Out of Your Executive Search Consultant

Executive Search consultantWorking with one or more executive search consultants throughout your job searching periods can be highly beneficial to your career.

Executive search consultants will possess a thorough and holistic view of your industry and they can become extremely valuable assets when it comes to finding the right job for you.

 

They can enhance your job search strategies dramatically, source positions that ordinarily wouldn’t be open to you and even lend you useful insights on particular employers.

Once you’ve networked well and made some great consultant connections, how do you get the most out of your Executive Search Consultant?

Meet With Them

One of the best ways to kick start a strong and long lasting relationship with your Search Consultant is to meet with them face-to-face. This will take you out of the realm of being simply another job seeker and provide you with a chance to begin developing some rapport with them. From your meeting, they’ll also gain an idea of your demeanour and how well you come across as a professional. As a result, they may be more likely to discuss future opportunities with you, since they’ll already have confidence in you as an executive.

If You Can’t Meet With Them

Executive Search Consultants are extremely busy people and spend much of their time networking out in the field. As a result, you may not be able to secure a meeting with them or even get them on the phone. If at first you don’t succeed, try other networking techniques, such as attending seminars and events they might be at, sending them your professional resume or participating in activities offered by their business.

Review Your Resume

Your cover letter and resume are two of the most important documents of your career. It will be worth investing in your professional resume and ensuring it is up to scratch before sending it to a Search Consultant. Executive Search Consultants are inundated with hundreds of resumes and if yours is poorly written, or lacks engagement and confidence, it will most likely end up in the bin. Ensure that your resume is convincing, powerful and accurate before you send it through; if in doubt, find a valuable professional resume writing service.

Stay In Touch

Staying in touch with your Executive Search Consultant on a regular basis will also help you get the most out of them. However, make sure you get the balance right between maintaining contact and becoming a pest. Instead of badgering the Search Consultant, look for other ways to stay in touch with them, such as meeting up with them at seminars, subscribing to their RSS feed or updating them on your skills or capabilities as necessary.

Don’t Expect Miracles

It is important to remember that while an Executive Search Consultant can make a major difference to your career, they aren’t miracle workers, nor are they there to solely serve your needs. Furthermore, they spend a lot of time networking and building rapport with organisations themselves and it can take time for the right job to surface.

Instead of pushing your relationship, give your connection with your Search Consultant time to grow and mature – the better you get to know him or her, the better they’ll get to know you as well and the more chance you’ll have at being put forward for a valuable and career-changing position.

Are you looking for an experienced Executive Search Consultant or do you simply need to revise your professional resume before sending it to a consultant? Contact Resumes Australia today – we offer a variety of resume writing services and search consultancy services to enhance your career.
kylie hammond

6 Ways to Kick Start Your Job Search for 2013

looking for a jobFor executives on the look out for a new role, the 2013 New Year presents some unique opportunities to kick start that job search.

Some companies are keen to start hiring early in the year, so to ensure you get ahead with your employment search strategies, here are my best tips for any professional looking to change jobs or careers.

 

1.Review Your Goals

At the start of the New Year, it is important to review your professional goals and the direction in which your career is headed. The holidays will hopefully have given you a refreshing perspective on where your professional life is at, so consider how your career goals may have developed and how they will influence your job choices over the coming year.

2.Write a Job Search Plan

It can also be highly beneficial to create a job search plan for yourself. This often involves setting a timeline, outlining where and how you will look for work, setting aside time for updating your professional resume and other documents, and identifying any specific companies you want to contact.

3.Revise Your Resume

Of course, nothing is more significant in your job search than having a well-written professional resume, cover letter and selection criteria document behind you. The job market is fierce, and a weak resume can lead to an unsuccessful job hunt. My best advice is to consider hiring a professional resume writer who will be able to expertly emphasise your talents and achievements. Our resume writing services are suitable for all professionals, from graduates to senior executives, and will ensure you maximise the potential your resume has to reach out to potential employers.

4.Plan Your Job Searches

The internet is today’s number one resource for job searching and you should allow yourself ample to time to conduct these. This can be done through job search websites, professional and social websites, or websites for specific employers. Job hunting can also be conducted offline by searching newspapers and industry publications, or meeting with recruiters and headhunters.

Registering for job emails can also make your job hunting more effective and efficient.

5.Network

Networking has also become a major component in finding employment. Having the right contacts and connections can often influence the quality of positions you are offered. LinkedIn is one of the best places to start or extend your professional network. Connect with leading people in your industry, and let others knows that you are interested in any new opportunities.

6.Refine your Job Seeking Skills

Being a job seeker also means that you will need to refine your interviewing and negotiation skills in preparation for subsequent discussions. For example, you may want to work on your interview responses or perhaps refine your negotiation skills with regard to benefits and/or salary. Whatever you need, make sure that your ability to handle the recruitment process is top-notch before you embark on your 2013 job hunt!

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Good luck,
kylie hammond

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