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

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

7 Leadership Qualities You Must Have On Your Resume

leadership qualityIf you are searching for senior and executive positions in the Australian marketplace, you will be familiar with how competitive the landscape is.
With networking platforms like LinkedIn bringing more executives, search consultants and head hunters together, executive positions are becoming more difficult to obtain – and your resume or CV must execute the right strategies and display the right leadership qualities in order to impress employers.

1. Global Expertise

As we continue to become a more globally focused society, expertise and knowledge at the global level is becoming a highly sought after skill, when it comes to senior positions. Seeing beyond the confines of the local or even the national market and into the international domain – alongside the ability to take businesses into this domain – is something every leader now needs to be able to demonstrate. Ensure that you highlight your global expertise, marketplace knowledge and international acumen on your resume.

2. Cross-Functionality

Organisations are not simply becoming more global, but are also looking for ways to become more efficient. Achieving more with less is a huge focus for many of today’s top companies. Cross-functionality is crucial in the business world and involves being able to lead not only in one area or at the highest level, but also across multiple sectors or functions within the business.

3. Innovation

For any leader, the capacity to drive change and growth is a given, but it’s still important to include on your resume. Great business leaders stand at the helm and turn the ship, but also decide where to go and what strategies are needed to get there. When it comes to resume writing, look for ways to emphasise how your innovative qualities have shaped products, services, business performance, people performance, marketplace success or even influenced and met broader industry demands.

4. Adaptability

All strong leaders understand that not everything is in their control. As much as they can take a company to new heights, being subject to industry fluctuations and trends is still part of an organisation’s everyday existence. While it is fine to claim you are an “adaptable” leader, it’s how you deal with these fluctuations and trends that will truly make your leadership skills stand out. In your resume, make sure you demonstrate how you maximised the opportunities brought on by industry trends and how you adapted to grow and succeed.

5. Technology-Driven

Technology can be the comforting pillar of a successful organisation. Being in touch with technology and up-to-date with its challenges is crucial for any contemporary leader. While in the old days it may have been acceptable to simply step back and rely on those under you to understand technology, technology today is becoming increasingly significant in all areas of business, from finance to marketing to finding new ways to grow within the given market.

Correspondingly, many more executives are embracing technology now more than ever; they are actively participating in online communities like LinkedIn and Twitter and they’re utilising everything from blogs to digital strategies to automated machinery in order to improve productivity and evolve the ways their business operates. Does your resume accurately reflect your grasp and understanding of the technology required in your industry?

6. Social Intelligence

Every business is about relationships, whether it is between managers and employees, executive and colleagues or leaders and customers. Social intelligence is often an underrated skill when it comes to describing yourself on a resume. Yet, no matter how great you are at innovating and problem solving or decision-making, you’ll never get your strategies off the ground without exceptional social intelligence and influential people skills. Real leaders don’t sit behind closed doors; they’re out on the floor, motivating, inspiring and enacting change. When resume writing, consider how your social intelligence has specifically impacted your career or advanced your leadership talents. Remember, leadership is about people, not about businesses.

7. Love the Hard Yards

The best leaders are firm, but fair. They are people drivers, yet they also know how to make tough decisions and they can agree to the necessary compromises without ruining relationships or hindering progress. As a leader, it’s vital that your resume shows how much you love the hard yards of running a business. Leaders who see hard times and difficult decisions as opportunities rather than setbacks or threats are more likely to capture the attention of employers. If your resume looks like you’ve had it easy over the past few years, revise and include details on how you’ve driven companies through tough times and emerged with a win on the other side.

Resumes Australia is a leading executive resume writing service open to all executives through Australia. Contact Resumes Australia today to learn more about our leadership resumes.

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

The Value of Overseas Experience

international experienceAs we become a more global society, international work experience is a highly beneficial accomplishment to have under your belt – and on your resume.

From overseas internships to international secondments and professional corporate sponsorship.

 

Developing your career internationally is an excellent way to enhance your professional standing and appeal to future employers. But what is the real value of overseas experience and how can it benefit your career?

Personal Qualities

Employers look favourably on candidates who have gained international job experience, particularly as working overseas indicates that you are a risk taker. It also shows the employer that you’re independent, you possess world knowledge and that you consistently strive to further your career and become a leader. While many other candidates will fill their resumes with local experience and education, your international experience and the personal qualities you have developed from it will give you a strong competitive edge.

International Markets

Working in an international destination also demonstrates to employers that you have a good knowledge of international markets and how your industry operates overseas. As such, you may be able to bring valuable market skills and insights to your next business. You may even be able to advise future employers about what niches and markets to best target internationally. Employers will take in your global market knowledge with high regard and this can force you to stand out from competing candidates.

Networking & Connections

Working internationally is also an incredibly valuable opportunity that will allow you to grow your professional connections on a global scale. Colleagues, bosses, mentors and clients can all become extremely valuable contacts who can influence your professional career in future, whether they offer you another position or act as valuable international contacts for your next local job.

Conferences & Events

You’ll also find that securing a position overseas means opening the door to a world of other professional opportunities, particularly when it comes to attending (or participating in) conferences, trade shows and other industry events. Once again, great connections can be made here and including these events in your  can help grab the attention of employers and recruiters.

Cultural & Language Skills

One of the most obvious benefits of international job experience is the opportunity to develop your cultural awareness and your language skills. Many countries will require you to be proficient in the local language in order to practise business there and these skills are highly transferable when returning to Australia and continuing your career. Furthermore, if you are seeking employment with an international organisation based on Australian shores, your second language skills and your understanding of another culture, can mean you are able to bring a wealth of capabilities to the table that other candidates won’t have.

Financial Benefits

The financial benefits of obtaining overseas job experience should also not be overlooked; many countries offer competitive salaries for candidates, which, when compared with the low cost of local living, can be extremely advantageous to your financial situation and your career as a whole.

Do you need assistance creating a professional resume for an overseas market? Or are you returning from an international position with a need to update your resume?

Resumes Australia offers a range of resume writing services that can be customised to suit any international employment goal, whether in Australia, Asia, the US, the UK or Europe.

kylie hammond

Is Your Resume All It Takes?

Job searchAn executive resume is an extremely important career document that has the power and the influence to mould your career.

From initiating that first step with employers, securing first interviews and providing you with the leverage to negotiate the salaries you want.

 

Yet many of my clients enquire about why they still sometimes find themselves facing job rejection, even with the most persuasive and impressive professional resume. There are many reasons why this can happen and many factors that can impact how successful you are in your job applications. Let’s take a look at the most common:

Do You Actually Have a Professional Resume?

A professional resume is a resume that has been written by a qualified resume writer. Writing your own resume is a good first step for many candidates, but despite best efforts, an amateur resume will most likely fail in reflecting your skills and experience in the most effective or accurate way. As a result, this can lead to decreased job prospects and opportunities.

An expert resume writer can greatly improve your career opportunities simply because they:

(a) have impeccable creative writing skills and know how to word your experience in an appealing way and

(b) they have a thorough understanding of what a great resume should be.

Most resume writers will have a high level of experience in the recruitment and resume industries and will know exactly what an employer or a recruiter wants to see in a specific application. Consider how proficient and well written your resume really is when assessing your job success.

Competencies & Talents

An absence of the desired competencies and talents for a job can also lead to your application being dismissed in favour of someone else, even at the final interview stage. If your resume is written in a highly impressive way, you still need the right level of skill and expertise in order to fulfil the job requirements. If you don’t have what the employer is looking for, no amount of resume writing can change your level of skill.

There is a big difference between having the right experience and simply not demonstrating it well in your resume and, lacking the right experience altogether. While the former is the outcome of a poorly written resume, the latter means you should consider whether you are actually under-qualified for the role.

Being Over-Qualified

Being over-qualified is also a common reason why some candidates do not move onto the next stage of the recruitment process. Employers and organisations will often be especially reluctant to hire over-qualified or highly experienced candidates, simply because they fear that they will become too bored in the role and will subsequently start looking for another job.

If this has happened to you, you should think carefully about why you want to apply for positions that are below your skill level? While your reasons might be financial (or because you need to find employment urgently), put some serious thought into how applying for lower level positions fits in with your long-term career goals.

Do You Fit In Culturally?

Every company that you apply for a position with will have a specific culture and environment that needs to be taken into account.  A large part of the recruitment process is to find a candidate, who not only has the right expertise, but who will also have the right characteristics, beliefs, attitudes and values to culturally fit in with the organisation.

While you might have all the right skills and talents on paper, it’s also extremely important to an employer that you will blend in well with your colleagues and teams. Some organisations are brash, aggressive and demanding while others are laid-back, casual and fun, so when applying for jobs, consider how your personality does (or doesn’t) fit in with the organisation.

Is your resume limiting your career success – or is it something else? Resumes Australia is a complete resume writing and career coaching service that can help you identify (and fix) why your job applications are going wrong. Contact Us today for a complete resume or career audit!

Regards,
kylie hammond

The Importance of Following Job Application Instructions

Job ApplicationThe employment world is an extremely competitive one, with HR managers and recruiters sifting through dozens or even hundreds of applications for one, single vacancy.

For this reason, many companies often have strict rules regarding the application process, whether it is through an online portal or via email.

 

Why Follow Job Application Instructions?

Job application instructions are usually very simple, but they can be demanding. They essentially ask you to follow a basic set of commands so that the employer can gain a better idea of your talents. Ignoring or misinterpreting the instructions will at best start you off on a bad foot with the employer and give them the impression that you cannot follow simple instructions.

Flouting application rules and instructions can also lead to your application being rejected straight away, regardless of how suitable you are for the role. After all, if you can’t follow basic directions at this early stage, how can the employer be certain that you won’t lack the same dependability on the job?

It also tells the employer that you feel that their needs or directions are insignificant, and that their expectations aren’t important to you. Is that how you really want to initiate contact with your potential employer?

Here are my best tips on how to follow these instructions and prime your application for success.

1. Make a List

Once you have read the job advertisement and decided that you want to apply, sit down with a pen and paper and make a list of all the requirements in the advertisement. This should include (a) requirements related to the position and job responsibilities, and (b) requirements related to the application process. Make a note of whether the employer has requested:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter – and what this cover letter needs to entail or describe
  • A selection criteria document – this can be mandatory when applying for government roles
  • References or referees
  • Certificates and any other documentation

2. Be Wary of Inappropriate Requests

While providing details in your application is important, you should note that in Australia an employer or recruiter does not have the right to ask for your birth date, nationality, religion, ethnicity, gender, or marital status.
Some government agencies, however, may require this information and under current legislation, it is legal for them to ask for it.

3. Fulfil the List

Once you are satisfied with the requirements involved, you will need to start fulfilling each requirement. Work your way through the list sequentially to ensure that you complete each instruction adequately.

Probably writing and tailoring your resume, cover letter or selection criteria document will be the most difficult and demanding task in putting your application together, especially if the requirements or selection criteria are extremely specific.

To maximise your success, consider seeking help from a professional resume writer who has extensive experience in writing resumes and other documents for successful applications.

4. Submit Your Application

When it comes time to submit your application, you will need to double-check that you have met all of the instructions listed in the advertisement. Use your list to verify that you have followed the directions and read the job description again to ensure you have included all the relevant information.

Resumes Australia is a complete career service offering executive resume writing, cover letter writing, selection criteria writing, interview coaching and much more. Contact us today for a confidential discussion on how we can assist you with your job applications.

Regards,
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!

Resumes Australia is a career consultation service, specialising in resume writing, interview coaching and career coaching. Visit our website today to learn more about our services.

Good luck,
kylie hammond

Job Searching Tips for 2013

Job searchingHappy New Year! As 2013 commences, it is no secret that the Australian job market continues to be extremely competitive, regardless of whether you are a CEO or a university graduate.

If you are job searching in 2013, here’s my best advice for getting ahead of your competitors, and increasing your opportunities:

 

Get Social

There’s no avoiding professional and social media when it comes to job searching. Professional and social media and networking are changing the way both employers and recruiters search for suitable candidates and this “trend” will continue well into 2013.

Even if you apply for jobs elsewhere, more and more recruiters and employers are using professional platforms like LinkedIn to learn more about you and your experience. Ensure that you utilise your networks, and make connections to increase your prospective job opportunities. At the very least, make sure that you are an active LinkedIn member.

Invest In Your Professional Resume

Your professional resume is one of the most crucial documents to advance your career, and will ultimately determine whether you are suitable for an employer’s position. Your resume should be expertly written and customised for a particular role and its requirements. If you’re unsure how to make your resume engaging and relevant for your next application, a professional resume writer can help. Remember, you only have one chance to make a strong, first impression on the employer – don’t waste it by having a poor resume!

Invest In Your Online Profiles

Like your resume, your online profiles – whether on LinkedIn, Twitter or elsewhere – need to create a powerful impression whenever they are viewed. Proactively driving your potential employment success means investing time and/or money into your online profiles to ensure that they accurately and convincingly portray your skills and experience.

Know Your Keywords

When you search for positions online, you use keywords. Your keywords will usually include your job title. However, expanding your keyword list when job searching also means that you can maximise your searches to find additional opportunities.

If you are only using one word to conduct your searches (e.g. project manager), consider what other job titles or keywords could bring up more advertisements in your job results.

Spend Time Searching (and Researching)

As you may already know, job searching is not a quick and easy task. It requires serious dedication, so make an effort to set aside the appropriate amount of time to conduct job searches and/or research roles and employers. If you are short on time, consider working with a recruitment agency or headhunter, or signing up for relevant job emails, which can all help in maximising your time.

Be Patient & Confident

Finding that perfect position isn’t easy, and it can take time to find and secure your ideal role. Remaining patient and confident in your job hunt will ensure that you maintain a fresh and positive outlook in all your applications. If you feel that you are continually missing out on opportunities or struggling to succeed in interviews, you may want to seek help from a professional to analyse exactly what areas need improvement.

Do you need help with your job hunt? Resumes Australia is a complete resume writing and career coaching service available to all professionals throughout Australia and abroad. Let us help you turn your job searching around!

Best wishes,
kylie hammond

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