9 Ways to De-Clutter Your Resume

Professional Resume and resume writingMany people cringe at the idea of having to write or rewrite their professional resumes. But failing to update or de-clutter your resume can considerably decrease your chances of success.

Cluttered or chaotic resumes can create confusion for the reader and they can also bog your resume down with fruitless details that overshadow your true worth and value.

If you are in the process of resume writing, Resumes Australia has devised these 9 steps to help you de-clutter your document and enhance your professionalism:

1. Get Rid of Personal Details

The only personal details you need to include on your resume are your contact details. Other information like your birthday, age, marital status or salary is irrelevant and should be deleted.

2. No photos

 Including your photo with your resume is an outdated and inefficient practice. Unless you are applying to be a model or an actor, your suitability for the role should be purely based on your skills and experience, not on what you look like.

3. Space Out Your Document

Make sure that your document uses consistent line spacing and that your headings are clearly defined and labelled. You should also use bullet points when writing about your achievements and responsibilities. Don’t worry about how long your resume is, as this is not important. What matters is that your information is clear and concise.

4. Ensure Readability

Use a standard font throughout your document and ensure it is easy to read. You should also avoid using any design elements like graphics, borders and colours (stick to black and white). This is the mark of an amateur and does not belong on a professional resume.

5. Delete Your Career Objective

Career objectives are a thing of the past and are considered irrelevant to modern employers and recruiters. An objective is not necessary, as employers will assume that applying for the role is part of your career objective anyway.

6. Focus On Relevant Experience

Remember, recruiters, employers and HR managers are all very busy people. They don’t want to have to sift through your resume in order to figure out whether you’ve got the skills they’re looking for. To determine what’s relevant, simply take a look at the job description and consider how your talents or achievements correspond to what they’re looking for. Anything else should be given lesser priority or deleted in order to de-clutter your resume.

7. Forget Hobbies & Interests

Only include hobbies that are directly relevant to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are going for a sales role, hobbies like attending product launches or getting to know sales software will be useful; other hobbies like watching movies, spending time with family or playing sport have nothing to do with your suitability for the job.

8. Include the Right Skills

Listing any and every skill you’ve ever acquired is a sure way to add to your resume clutter. Instead, only include skills or qualifications that are overtly relevant to the requirements listed in the job advertisement.

9. Use the Right Language

Your resume writing language should be clear, succinct and easy to understand. Ensure that you use plain, business English in your descriptions and avoid flowery or extravagant language that fails to reveal anything about your talents, as this is essentially clutter. A good way to de-clutter is to focus on providing concrete examples and evidence in your resume to back up your claims.

Our Resume Writers at Resumes Australia know exactly how to de-clutter a resume and make it as professional as possible. For further information on our resume services, click 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

Resume Writing for the Unemployed

unemployedTrying to get back into the workforce after you have been unemployed for some time can be challenging.

Employers and search consultants will often want evidence that your skills, strengths and proactivity have been maintained throughout your unemployed period.

 

When it comes to resume writing for the unemployed, here are some useful ideas on how to account for your down time:

Volunteer Work

Employers like to see that you are striving to remain active while you are unemployed and volunteer work is a great way to fill that gap. You should list any volunteer experience you have taken on, as well as any new skills and responsibilities you have gained. Including any key accomplishments will also be beneficial and demonstrates that you are still motivated and capable of achieving goals.

Consulting Work

Consulting work is a fantastic way to bridge the gap in your resume if you have been providing advice to other businesses during your time off. This will give you the opportunity to showcase your ongoing expertise and knowledge and demonstrate to employers the value you can bring to an organisation.

Temporary Work

Many job applicants also assume that temporary work is not beneficial enough to include in their resume or they worry that it will affect the consistency of their experience. Temporary work, however, can be a useful addition to your resume and shows the employer that you have made efforts to stay within the workforce, even if it has been in a role that is not entirely relevant to your career goals.

Education & Training

Any training, skill enhancement or education that you have undertaken while unemployed should also be mentioned in your resume. Courses, workshops, certifications and conferences are all valuable and mean that you have made the most of your time while unemployed and that you still have a passion for improvement and self-development.

Personal Time

It is perfectly reasonable to be unemployed for personal reasons. This can include time off for things like travel, study or caring for your family and kids. If you mention these factors in your resume, make sure that you make it clear why you decided to embark on these journeys in the first place and why you are now heading back into the workforce.

Other Things to Remember When Resume Writing:

  • Be honest about your unemployment; there is no point in trying to cover up the fact that you are out of work. An employer or recruiter will most probably uncover the truth anyway, so it is important to be upfront and honest in your approach
  • If you are quizzed about how or why your previous role ended, be truthful, but accentuate the positive rather than the negative aspects of what occurred
  • Resume writing can be a difficult balancing act between including just enough detail and not giving too much away. If you are struggling with how to depict your unemployment, consider whether a qualified resume writer could make a difference to your applications

Lost your job? Resumes Australia offers a range of career services, including resume writing and interview coaching, to help you get back into the workforce. Contact Us today for a confidential discussion or email your resume to: resume@resumes-australia.com.au.

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.

Regards
kylie hammond

5 Myths About Search Consultants You Should Know

Search consultantSearch consultants and executive recruiters can be invaluable people to connect with over the course of your career.

They can deliver key opportunities to your door, provide advice on the industry in general and offer you precious insights when meeting with particular organisations and employers.
Yet there are many common myths surrounding Search Consultants and their roles within the recruitment industry.

What are these myths and how can you navigate around them to strengthen and solidify your Search Consultant relationships?

Myth #1: Search Consultants Work For Me

Many job seekers enter into a search consultant relationship under the assumption that they are the only person the search consultant is trying to find work for and that they deserve special attention or regular phone calls.

On the contrary, search consultants will often have many executives they are working with and are usually so busy networking with employers and leaders that they don’t have time to act like your personal assistant. Once you’ve met them, be patient with your search consultant; it can take time to develop opportunities and find the right role in the marketplace that is best suited to you.

Myth #2: Search Consultants Only Care About Their Clients

This is a common myth surrounding search consultants, since a consultant essentially works to fill an organisation’s vacancies. While this is true, it doesn’t mean that a search consultant’s interests are only one-sided.

Building strong relationships with both client companies and quality job seekers is the key to a search consultant’s success and matching the right executive with the right company is something they take very seriously. As a job seeker, they will be concerned about whether the role available is right for you and will want you, as well as the client, to gain much from the placement, both now and in future.

Myth #3: Search Consultants Read Every Resume

Many executives think that because Search Consultants work at such a top level, they pour their efforts into reading every resume that lands on their desk. This is not true.

Like any other agent in the recruitment and HR industries, Search Consultants are extremely busy people and they often don’t have time for hours of desk work; instead, they will simply scan and screen resumes quickly. For this reason, your executive resume must grab their attention quickly and it must highlight the talents, skills and experience you have to offer. Failing to do this will result in your resume being passed over.

If you are not confident about our resume, seek assistance from a qualified resume writer who has experience writing for senior level positions.

Myth #4: Search Consultants Don’t Check Resume Details

If you think a search consultant simply acts as a middle man and flicks your resume over to the employer once they’ve read it, think again.

Search consultants will conduct thorough research into a candidate’s background, scrutinising their skills, salary and other qualifications before recommending them for a position. When they send your application through to an employer, it is also their reputation, as well as yours, that is on the line.

For this reason, being honest on your resume is essential, no matter who you are applying for a job with. Exaggerating your experience, skills or salary is not a smart move and it’s likely a search consultant will uncover your lies or embellishments quickly.

Myth #5: Search Consultants Are Lazy

This couldn’t be further from the truth. However, I have had some candidates approach me with the impression that Search Consultants are lazy or self-serving simply because they don’t return phone calls or respond to emails.

What executives need to keep in mind is that search consultants are extremely busy, with a multitude of meetings, interviews and networking to be conducted each day, plenty of which also takes place out of usual business hours. Search Consultants are also never simply recruiting for only one role or working with only one employer. Instead, they are often juggling a huge volume of clients, positions and executive candidates.

They key to working with Search Consultants is to be patient – they will get in touch with you, particularly if they are making progress with your application. In the meantime, consider expanding your opportunities elsewhere or doing some networking of your own.

Resumes Australia is a leading Australian organisation specialising in job seeking, career management and executive resume writing. For expert career assistance, Contact Us or visit http://www.resumes-australia.com.au.

Kind Regards,

kylie hammond

Tasks Job Seekers Should Do Each Week

Job seekerWhether you are between executive jobs or simply searching for your next corporate position, finding a job isn’t always easy.

Although you might be applying for roles each week, standing out from the crowd and securing an interview can be extremely competitive.

 

If you are having a challenging time getting noticed by employers and recruiters, my best advice is to open your mind, step outside of the box of traditional applications and expand your opportunities in other ways.

1. Expand Your Search

If you have simply been utilising one or two job sites to search for roles, it might be time to expand. Consider either changing the keywords you use in your searches (e.g. ‘project leader’ instead of ‘project manager’) or coming up with other ideas regarding where you can find vacancies. Social media site like LinkedIn and Twitter, for instance, are considered just as vital now for jobs seekers as are traditional websites like Seek and MyCareer.

2. Revise Your Resume

Let’s be clear: there is no point in revising your professional resume every week for the sake of it. However, you should be revising your resume to suit each position that you apply for. Every role and employer will have different qualities and criteria that they are looking for and your resume should be adapted to reflect the desired skills and talents the employer is after.

It’s also possible that there is much room for improvement in your resume in general. You might want to expand on your skills, include more achievements or simply add in new talents that you’ve acquired. If your resume is simply not attracting the right employers or recruiters, it may be time to seek advice from a professional resume writer.

3. Follow Up

Many job seekers make the mistake of simply sending off their resumes and then sitting back to wait. Although this might seem like a humble move, the reality is that recruiters and employers often receive dozens of resumes for one vacancy and don’t have time to contact every single person they hear from.

Following up with a phone call gives you the opportunity to begin building rapport with the hiring manager/consultant and shows them that you’re proactive and passionate about the job. If you don’t reach any success after this move, you might need to revisit your resume to see what’s going wrong.

4. Connect With Recruiters

Another way to expand your opportunities outside of online applications is to meet with recruitment agencies and search consultants who specialise in your industry.

For example, you might choose 1-2 new agencies to meet with each week. This can open up new avenues for both networking and employment and although appointments can be time consuming, they can pay off in the long run. Once you’ve met with a consultant, endeavour to stay in touch with them on a regular basis; this is as much about relationship building as it is about finding work.

5. Become a Social Butterfly

To give yourself the best chance of securing high level employment, it’s imperative that you spend some time each week networking. Networking can open doors to new opportunities and new employment and will benefit you significantly if done well.

Networking can take place online, via sites like LinkedIn or Twitter, or offline, by attending events or meeting with consultants, industry executives, old colleagues and even friends.

6. Strengthen Your Interview Skills

You never know when you might be asked to attend an interview. Consultants might simply be impressed by your resume or you could find that a casual chat with someone quickly leads to an opportunity for a formal interview. For this reason, you need to ensure that you are ready to make the most of any interview and that your interview approach is fresh, accurate and competitive.
Rehearsing answers and researching the company will help you refine your interview skills and secure your success for the next round. If you’re particularly anxious or if your next interview is especially important to you, interview coaching can help give you that competitive edge and can train you on what to say to meet employers expectations.

Resume writing and interview coaching are just two of the valuable services we offer at Resumes Australia. We specialise in assisting executives and candidates find employment in any industry and at any level, from graduate to manager to CEO.

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

Why Should I Hire You? Knowing Your Unique Selling Points

interviewing“Why Should I Hire You?” is one of the most common interview questions you will ever come across.

Now that your professional resume has made the right impression, employers want to know exactly what you can bring to the table and what value you can add to their business.

 

I conduct frequent executive interview coaching sessions that teach my clients how to field this question and how to develop strong, articulated answers that stress their unique selling points.

What Are Unique Selling Points?

Your unique selling points are what make you stand out from the crowd. They are talents that demonstrate to the employer why you are the best candidate for the role and the key strengths that other candidates may not possess. Unique selling points can be:

  • Specific skills – technical or personal
  • Knowledge – about the industry or market
  • Experience – what you’ve done and achieved
  • Behaviours – how you can handle or cope with situations or problems
  • Talents – things you excel at

There are lots of different ways in which the above can be interpreted when it comes to your unique selling points. For instance, the ability to make strategic decisions can be a unique selling point, as can the skill to type at 90 words per minute.

How To Identify Your Unique Selling Points

You probably already have a good idea of what your selling points are and you’re most likely familiar with your strengths (and weaknesses). Yet your unique selling points must also be relevant to the job you are applying for. There’s no point in saying to an employer “I’m great at putting together top-end business strategies” if the job you’re applying for has nothing to do with strategy development. Draw on your strengths and talents until you find at least 5 that pertain to the job you want; consulting the job description at this point is a good idea.

Knowing the Benefits

Once you’ve identified your unique selling points, you will need to go one step further and single out the specific benefits that these competencies will bring to the business.

It’s fine to say that you’re a great problem solver or an excellent decision maker, but what does that mean for the employer? How have your unique selling points helped or advanced other companies in the past? Here are some examples to help you take your selling points to the next level:

1. Unique Selling Point: I am great at client relations.

Benefit: I am great at client relations. In my last role, I effectively managed several client disputes and disagreements, saving my company tens of thousands of dollars and increasing client spend by 5%.

2. Unique Selling Point: I am an expert at financial database systems.

Benefit: I am an expert at financial database systems, with the ability to show you valuable company performance metrics and develop strategies that will help improve your bottom line.

Still need help? Resumes Australia is a complete resume writing, career coaching and interview coaching service that can help you locate your unique selling points and teach you how to best demonstrate these in an interview.

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

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