Beyond the Resume: What Other Documents Are Essential To Your Career?

Resumes_cover-letter_cvHaving an engaging and professional resume under your belt puts you in a highly beneficial position when it comes to job searching. But many candidates repeatedly assume that a resume alone is enough to secure a role in a competitive marketplace.

But the most successful candidates in the executive space are often the ones who have gone beyond a resume to develop a comprehensive career package that includes a range of documents, all of which can be vital in the job search and interview phase.

While a resume is perhaps the most important document you can invest in over the course of your career, what other documents and materials can also push your career forward and give you a distinct advantage over other, job-seeking candidates?

1. Cover Letters

Cover letters are of utmost important in any job application and many recruiters and employers consider cover letters just as mandatory as resumes. While your resume portrays your experience, it is the cover letter that highlights precisely how your skills and talents relate to the position at hand.

Thus, every cover letter you write must be different. It must be tailored to the specific job you are applying for and it must address the selection criteria or the requirements listed in the job advertisement.

If you simply have a generic cover letter than introduces your basic skills and your reasons for looking for work, you will need to upgrade your document so that it is much more impressive, appealing and competitive.

2. LinkedIn Profiles

LinkedIn is an extremely powerful job searching tool and today, almost 100% of recruiters and employers are on LinkedIn. Many recruiters and employers also make first contact with new candidates via LinkedIn and use your profile in lieu of a resume.

Hence, your LinkedIn profile carries just as much weight as your paper resume and it should be given the same attention and investment. A pristine LinkedIn profile should be:

  • 100% complete and up-to-date – don’t leave sections blank or with only a small amount of information and detail; also make sure that your work history and skills are updated to the present time
  • Comprehensive and exhaustive, covering all of your skills and experience; unlike a resume, a LinkedIn profile is not targeted at a particular position, so it must emphasises your value in a rounded and all-inclusive way
  • Keyword centric; while you don’t want to become a victim of over-using keywords, including the relevant keywords in your profile will ensure you show up in online search results. If you are unsure of how to use keywords correctly in your profile, talk to a professional resume or profile writer.

3. Selection Criteria Statements

Accurately addressing the selection criteria of any opportunity is one of the most significant tasks in securing a new role. Responses to selection criteria are often used exclusively to shortlist applicants, so your document must be exceptionally relevant and convincingly written if you are to secure an interview.

The key benefit here is that even if a position doesn’t have a formal selection criteria, your application will still stand out if you address the requirements and demands of the job advertisement in the same way. Investing in a worthy selection criteria document also means you can re-use some of that content in your other documents, such as your resume and cover letter.

4. Corporate Biographies

You may not think you need one, but a corporate biography can give you a distinguished edge over other executives.

Corporate biographies are the perfect way to give recruiters a concise, quick look at your professional background and will provide insight into who you are as an executive and what you have accomplished throughout the course of your career.

What should you do with your corporate biography? Your biography can be published anywhere you like; it can be placed on your company website, it can accompany content you write or it can simply form a part of your online profiles and brand.

5. Digital Resumes

A digital resume – which uses images, dialogue and text to present your professional personality to a recruiter – is a creative and innovative tool that will differentiate you from your rivals and give your applications a unique edge.

A digital resume can be a great way to put a ‘face’ with your ‘name’ and give recruiters and employers a more personal introduction to your abilities and talents. A digital resume shows that you can communicate and articulate well and creates the impression that you are truly a refined and forward-thinking executive candidate.

If you decide to invest in a digital resume or CV, you will need to select the services of an experienced and professional company who can guide you through the writing and presentation process and also ensure a highly polished and remarkable final result.

Learn more about how Resumes Australia can help you manage and drive your career through intelligent documentation and winning career strategies.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Attracting Recruiters: 5 Essential Tips

Attracting RecruitersAttracting the attention of a recruiter or a search consultant can be hard work. Recruiters are extremely busy people, with several roles to fill, dozens of resumes to review and lots of interviews and meetings to conduct.

With many other candidates out there, though, how do you attract the attention of a busy recruiter and make a lasting impression?

1. Impressive Resumes

When a recruiter looks at your resume, you only have a few seconds to impress. Your resume needs to convince them at first glance that you’re a high-calibre candidate who can effectively fill their vacancy. Therefore, you will need to make sure your professional resume is of the highest quality possible and that it accurately portrays your knowledge, experience and skills. If you haven’t put a great deal of time or effort into your resume, start now!

2. Plain Language Resumes

One of the biggest mistakes many job applicants make is to try and spruce up their resume with ‘flowery’ language. Recruiters don’t have time to read every word of your resume; instead, attracting their attention means depicting your experience in clear and concise ways.

Using plain language to expand on your skills and accomplishments will help you achieve this, as will including concrete details and demonstrating successful outcomes using succinct writing and language.

Resume writing at this level is significant and if writing is not your strength, you should search for an expert resume writer who can spruce up your resume the right way.

3. Using Social Media

Since its inception, social media has come to play an enormous role in the recruitment and HR industries. The majority of recruiters and consultants today use social media to carry out further research on the candidates they come into contact with.

Ensuring your social media profiles (such as on LinkedIn, Twitter etc.) are thorough and up to date is essential. You can also include links to your profiles in your resume details, which will give your application much more strength and unity.

At the very least, a detailed LinkedIn profile is essential. The biggest challenge here is to make sure that all of your information is consistent and up to date: if a recruiter notices discrepancies between your resume and your online profiles (even with simple things like dates or titles), it may not cast a good impression.

4. Recruiter Research

You should also remember that recruiters are also diverse in their functions and roles. Many specialise in particular fields, positions or industries and only recruit in these areas. Make sure you conduct research on a particular recruiter or agency before sending off your resume and double-check that they recruit for your industry and at the level of jobs you are applying for. This means that you can (a) target your approach much more effectively and (b) you will have a much better chance of grabbing a recruiter’s attention.

5. Be Proactive & Ready

A candidate who is ready for anything will always cast a strong impression with a recruiter; proactive candidates are often the most appealing. If you have already sent through your resume to a particular consultant, make the effort to follow-up with them via phone (but without becoming a nuisance). This gives the recruiter the impression that you are organised, enthusiastic about the job and ready for the next stage of the search process.

Keen to make a great first impression with your next application? Resumes Australia offers executive candidates specialised resume writing assistance and other valuable career services. Learn more at www.resumes-australia.com.au.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Going for Gold With Personal Branding

PersonalbrandingIf you are job searching, Personal Branding can make a significant difference to your success. While writing a great resume can place you at a strong advantage, Personal Branding involves moving beyond basic job applications and infusing your value proposition into every aspect of your professional image.

What’s Your Personal Brand?

Your personal brand defines exactly how others should see you when they interact with you, whether via your resume, online or in person. Your brand should be developed based on your key strengths and talents and the value you can bring to an organisation. All of this comes together to create your value proposition and your brand.

What are your most powerful and respected abilities? What makes employers and headhunters want to seek you out and work with you? Make a list of every talent or skill that you feel contributes to your personal brand.

Your Value Proposition

In the same way a blurb often describes the essence of a book, your value proposition needs to describe the essence of who you are as a professional.

When developing and writing your value proposition, think about what you want people to think when they see your name, what you want to be known for in the industry and what your particular niche is.

Your value proposition should consist of one or two sentences and should clearly portray to employers and search consultants:

  • Who you are – What type of expert are you?
  • What you do – What’s your main talent? What can you offer that others can’t?
  • How you do it – How do you bring success to others? Use examples if you can
  • Who you do it for – What’s your market or niche?
  • Why you do it – What’s the motivation or passion behind who you are?

This isn’t a definitive or easy way to develop your brand or value proposition, but it’s definitely a great way to get started.

Promoting Your Brand

Once you have spent a considerable amount of time defining and developing your brand, you will need to find ways to communicate your brand to others.

  • Rewrite your resume, cover letters or any other documentation to include details about your brand and your value proposition
  • Describe your brand in other social media profiles, such as on LinkedIn, or on your own website, blog site or online portfolio
  • Update your personal marketing materials (business cards, letterheads, portfolios) so that they reflect your brand
  • Communicate your brand clearly throughout the course of job interviews, recruitment meetings or networking meetings
  • Advocate your personal brand in professional environments (in your current role, at industry events) via the actions, decisions and conversations you undertake

How Can You Tell If Your Personal Brand Is Working?

Measuring the success of your personal branding strategy can take time, but usually you will begin to see some degree of improved results when it comes to your job search and your general success in the industry.

You might find yourself more victorious when it comes to job applications or interviews or you may find that recruiters and other executives are beginning to approach you, rather than the other way around. Online, you may see an increased amount of interest in your profiles, publications or portfolios.

If you are not seeing durable results despite your personal branding efforts, it may be because your personal brand has not yet fully “materialised” or because it still needs work. If this is the case, go back to your initial notes and consider if you are highlighting your unique talents and offerings strongly enough.

Resumes Australia offers specialised and dedicated personal branding services that are proven to enhance your executive success. To kick-start your branding journey contact us or review our packages here.

Regards,

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/.

Regards
kylie hammond

Senior Level Job Seekers Missing the Mark, Reports Forbes

ForbesAs the baby boomers move out and Gen X and Gen Y begin to step up to the senior position plate, the recruitment industry is experiencing many challenges in relation to this change, reports Forbes.

According to the Career Advisory Board in Chicago, US, search consultants are facing the problem of finding quality candidates to fill their senior positions.

Much of this is due to the lack of appropriate competencies in candidates, but Career Advisory Board member, Alexandra Levit, feels the gap can also be attributed to the inability of candidates to effectively express and demonstrate leadership or executive-level skills in their resumes.

“Senior-level job seekers either don’t have or don’t choose to emphasise these abilities,” says Levit. “Instead, they tend to focus on skills that are considered more important at the junior level, such as having a strong work ethic and self-motivation.”

Why is there such a discrepancy in the resumes of these senior level job seekers? Why are they focusing on junior or mid-level talents, rather than leadership abilities in their applications?

“One reason might be that they are stuck in the old model of assessing how available positions fit their background rather than the other way around,” claims Levit. “And when positioning themselves for new opportunities, nearly 60 percent of seasoned job seekers rely on their own judgment rather than seeking qualified advice from their network and mentors.”

While I agree with what Levit says, I also believe that much of the problem between exceptional resumes and senior level candidates rests in two areas: resume writing and the perceived importance of resumes themselves.

Resume writing expertise, which many candidates feel they possess (but actually don’t) impacts candidate success significantly, especially at the early application stage. As an executive resume writer and search consultant/head hunter, I encounter many candidates, even at the senior level, who feel that their resumes or CVs are relevant, well-written and sufficient enough to drive their job seeking success.

However, upon review, many resumes turn out to be very average (or even poor) and are not at all an accurate reflection of the executive’s talents or of their aptitude to understand how their skills fit into the criteria of the job they are applying for. Lack of detail and vague generalisations are two of the biggest culprits.

The importance of resume applications is also greatly underestimated by some candidates. They either feel that their resumes are adequate (despite being brief or vague) and don’t see a need to expand on achievements or responsibilities; or they don’t believe that resumes are worth investing in at all. The reasons behind this are hard to articulate, but can range from sheer laziness to lack of knowledge to the assumption that employers hire people, not pieces of paper.

Egocentric attitudes can also prevail, with thoughts along the lines of, “if they want to learn more about me, they can ask me.” These approaches are all grave mistakes when it comes to resume writing and often these are the candidates who wonder why recruiters and employers aren’t knocking on their doors and offering them employment.

Levit goes on to report that the most desired skills at the senior level include strategic perspective, global competence, business acumen, cross functionality and the continuing desire to learn and grow, even at the top level.

She also states that senior level job seekers need to work on their team management and master technology and social media to secure a high-powered position in today’s modern economy.

When it comes time to put it all on paper, Levit advises “consulting with networking contacts who currently hold senior management titles” and to “look carefully at job descriptions and brainstorm specific examples of how you’ve performed at least 75 percent of the listed responsibilities in past positions.”

As executive roles become more difficult to obtain for candidates in any country, resumes (and digital tools like LinkedIn Profiles) can only continue to become more significant. Producing poor resumes that fail to expose your skills or undervaluing the importance and weight of an executive resume is one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a senior level job seeker.

My advice is to invest in your executive resume today, whether it’s through a professional resume writing service or a dedicated approach to revising your resume for every senior role that you apply for.

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

Follow the Leaders on LinkedIn

linkedInLinkedIn is a powerful tool for executives – it is a simple and effective way to connect with others in your industry, it can be used to highlight your competences and attract potential employers, and of course, it’s absolutely key in establishing yourself as a leading industry professional.
Just when we thought that LinkedIn couldn’t get any more productive, LinkedIn has now found a new way to bring even more worth and content to its 175 million members.

The company announced recently that they have enticed a large number of high profile entrepreneurs and global industry thought leaders to contribute to their site.

As LinkedIn stated in their official blog post: “We’re providing another way for you to get even more value from LinkedIn by accessing the incredible insights and information directly from some of the most recognised and influential professionals on LinkedIn.”

These thought leaders come from a range of sectors and industries across the globe.

Some notable names mentioned in the first crop of announcements include Richard Branson, William Morris Endeavour, Adriana Huffington, Tony Robbins, Danny Sullivan and even U.S. President Barack Obama.

What do you get from following these leaders, you ask? Well, for starters, a short blog-like post showcasing their thoughts and opinions about the professional business world – what makes it tick, what makes great leaders, and how to achieve success no matter what stage of your career you are at.

Richard Branson’s first post, for instance, is titled “Five Top Tips to Starting a Successful Business,” while Caterina Fake, the CEO of Findary and co-founder of Flickr, has delivered a simple post on “How to Create Time.”

Once you’ve read their articles, you can also comment directly on their content, or share their posts on other social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

If you choose to follow any of these influential leaders, you’ll also be privy to their status updates, as well as more long form article posts by them in future. In addition to this, videos, Slideshare presentations, and images are all on the cards too.

LinkedIn’s initiative is indeed primed for success. It’s an inspiring collection of the world’s most powerful people and how their thoughts can apply to almost any executive in any industry, in any country. Furthermore, the program is completely tailored towards providing benefits for LinkedIn users, so I highly recommend you take a look!

To see the full list of thought leaders, visited LinkedIn here.

Not on LinkedIn yet?

Resumes Australia can write or revise your LinkedIn Profile, create your professional executive resume or provide you with valuable interview coaching services. Through utilising our wide range of offerings, you can fast-track your career, propel your success … and perhaps one day end up as global thought leader on LinkedIn!

Regards,
kylie hammond

LinkedIn: Networking Beyond Your Contacts

LinkedIn NetworkingIn early August, LinkedIn announced that it now has over 175 million members across the globe, with over 3 million of those members being in Australia. Add this to the 2 million Company Pages that exist on the platform, and it becomes clear that LinkedIn is one serious, professional networking tool.
Connecting with colleagues, friends and other professionals via LinkedIn is one of the best benefits of being a member. Yet what happens when you want to network beyond your current contacts?

You might want to get in touch with an industry executive, connect with a potential employer or introduce yourself to a headhunter.

What should you do before you make contact?

1. Refresh Your Profile

Before you start diving into new LinkedIn connections, it’s crucial that your LinkedIn profile is accurate, detailed and up-to-date. Ensure that your work history is included, along with details of your experience, skills, education and any other relevant information. This should align with what you’ve included in your executive resume.

You should also focus on your summary, since this is one of the first things a reader will encounter when reviewing your profile. Use short, succinct sentences, and employ bullet points where possible to highlight your talents and achievements.

2. Have Your Executive Resume Ready

If you make a successful connection with someone outside your network, it is vital to have your executive resume ready, especially if you are seeking additional contacts to progress your career. An outstanding executive resume can create a strong impression, and could lead you to the next career opportunity, while a poorly written resume will have your opportunities dissipating quickly.

Make sure your executive resume is fully updated and adequately reflects your competencies and expertise in relation to your industry. If you are unsure about how what an executive resume should contain, our executive resume writing service can help transform an average resume into a highly effective one that will help you get an interview.

3. Who Are You Contacting?

There are over 3 million people on LinkedIn in Australia and so you will need to be selective about whom you are contacting.

Research is key when it comes to connecting with executives, firstly because you will only want to contact those who can influence your career and secondly, because you will need to know whom it is you’re going to be dealing with.

If you don’t know whom to contact, a good place to begin your research is with employers in your field, or with executive search consultants and or headhunters who specialise in your industry.

4. Decide How To Make Contact

There are many ways to make new connections on LinkedIn, but if you are searching outside your circles, the best way is to make direct contact with someone is through the official mail system, called ‘InMail.’

You will need to purchase InMail credits and use them to send an email to your desired contact (if you don’t receive a response, your InMail credit is returned).

Make sure that you include a detailed but brief introductory note in your InMail message (the same as you would with any email) that effectively describes who you are, your present situation and why you’ve decided to contact this person. Be clear and concise in your message and remember to keep it short – executives are busy and they don’t have time to read one-page emails.

5. What Next?

Once you’ve successfully received a response and made a new connection, it is important to keep the relationship going. Depending on whom you contacted, you could politely request a meeting or offer to send them your executive resume. Alternatively, you may simply choose to join a LinkedIn ‘group’ that your contact belongs to. You can also follow the contact (or their company) on Twitter, Facebook or other networking sites.

Are you ready to make contact?

At Resumes Australia, we specialise in executive resume writing, with the expertise to tailor your executive resume and your LinkedIn profile for the greatest success.

Good luck connecting!
kylie hammond

How to Increase Your LinkedIn Connections

Social MediaHaving a profile on LinkedIn is essential for any business professional in today’s modern world. With over 3 million members in Australia, LinkedIn can improve your employment prospects, enhance your career and ultimately prove vital as you climb the corporate ladder.

Of course, the more relevant connections you have on LinkedIn, the more chance you have of obtaining success.

But if you’ve exhausted all of your current contacts and your wider work community, how can you still increase your LinkedIn connections?

Join Groups – Joining and participating in LinkedIn groups is an excellent way to not only increase your connections and grow your network, but to also promote your profile. Search for groups that are relevant to your industry, and once you’ve gotten to know the members there, invite them to join your network.

Twitter, Facebook & Other Social Media Sites – Are you connected to people on other social media sites like Twitter, Facebook or Google+? If so, why not connect with them on LinkedIn as well? The beauty of this is that you have already established a relationship with these people and so they become your “1st” contact on LinkedIn. This can open up many possibilities for you to connect with 2nd and 3rd contacts as well.

Check Your Resume – If you have details of your resume and work history on LinkedIn (or elsewhere), browse through it and connect with people from your past. This might be co-workers from a role you had 10 years ago, or even old classmates and university colleagues. You never know where these people might be now or what opportunities they could open up for you. More often than not, they’ll be happy to rekindle their relationships with you and connected on LinkedIn, too.

Leverage Your Current Connections – If you’ve already connected with your current colleagues and friends on LinkedIn, it may be time to branch out and start making contacts with people you don’t necessarily know directly. Ask your contacts to introduce you to new people or browse through your contacts’ networks to see if there’s anyone you may have missed. Alternatively, there may also be 2nd or 3rd contacts you might want to approach.

Maximise Your Profile – Of course, one of the best ways to get found on LinkedIn is to maximise your profile. Ensure that your skills and goals and resume are up-to-date, and use relevant keywords in your descriptions as well. If you obtain a new skill or qualification, add it in. You can also include any memberships or external groups that you belong to. Remember to update your ‘contact preferences’ as well, to let others know that you’re open to career opportunities, new ventures, job enquiries, business deals and expertise requests.

Update Your Status – Keeping your status up-to-date is a great way to keep your profile visible and seen, especially on your connections’ “feed” pages. Sharing links, commenting on other posts and using ‘LinkedIn Answers’ will help keep you active in the LinkedIn world, and will enhance your current relationships and potentially gain you some new ones.

Do you require assistance writing or polishing up your LinkedIn profile and/or your professional resume? Just contact Resumes Australia today!

Regards,
kylie hammond

How to Get Headhunted & Boost Your Career

networkingWhen it comes to executive and senior positions, many employers and recruiters will spend as much of their time headhunting as they will advertising and recruiting for positions online.If you’ve never been ‘lucky’ enough to get headhunted for a new role, there may be a few reasons why.

Here’s how you can enhance your profile, get headhunted and boost your career!

Get Online

The web is probably the main tool being used today by headhunters and search consultants to find suitable executives to fill their positions. These days, if you’re not online, you don’t have much of a chance of being found. At the very least, sign up for a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn has millions of members around the world and is the top professional site used to network with the right people, headhunters included.

Get an Executive Resume

If you do get headhunted, you’ll need to have an outstanding executive resume ready to go. If you don’t have an updated one, you can either write one yourself or engage a professional resume writing service to help you. If you go for the latter, look for a company that specialises in executive resumes. If you decide to write it yourself, you will need to ensure that it is concise, consistent and error free.

Establish an Offline Presence

Speaking at, and attending conferences and seminars will help boost your profile, even if you are not being paid for your time. It’s also a great opportunity to make yourself known within your industry. Similarly, publishing articles or white papers can also enhance your position, as can getting involved in industry events and groups. The more expert you seem, the more likely you’ll be headhunted.

Network

If you’re keen to get headhunted, try networking as much as possible with known headhunters or executive search consultants in your industry. While you shouldn’t bombard them with your resume, emails, and phone calls, it will help to connect with these people in case something suitable should come along. Stay in touch with them on a regular basis to keep yourself noticed.

Be Open & Recommend Others

If a headhunter approaches you, listen to what they’re offering. Even if you’re not 100% interested, saying ‘yes’ to a cup of coffee could benefit you greatly.

You may find that there will be other positions that arise in future, and being open to approaches now will mean you stay in the forefront of their mind. Similarly, if you are approached about a job but feel it’s not quite right, perhaps recommend a colleague who may be more suitable. This can work to enhance your credibility and trustworthiness.

Stay Employed

It may be easier said than done, but staying employed will make you much more appealing to headhunters than if you are unemployed. Although this is somewhat ‘psychological,’ being employed means you are active in the workplace and ‘ready to go.’ If you are unemployed, on the other hand, you can be seen, as a less “secure” choice because it can create the impression that no one else wants to hire you. If you are between jobs, consider doing some consulting work to keep yourself in the employment arena. It also looks much better on your resume.

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Regards,

kylie hammond

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