How Personal Should a Professional Resume Be?

Professional Resume and resume writing

When it comes to writing a professional resume, it can be difficult to know exactly what personal details you should include and which you should leave out.

While it’s obvious that you need to include things like your phone number and email address, how personal should your professional resume really be? And are employers even interested in your personal pursuits?

Photographs

Should you include a photograph in your professional resume? Most of the time, this is not recommended. If you’re thinking something along the lines of, “it will be great for the employer to put a face to my name,” save this for the interview.

At the initial application stage, employers are not interested in what you look like, and unless you’re applying for a modelling or acting job, there’s no reason they should be. In addition to this, photographs can be rendered irrelevant if the resume is printed on a poor quality paper, photocopied or scanned into a database. Your face could end up distorted, or absent all together, and the photography efforts will be wasted.

Hobbies & Interests

Unless you are a graduate with little or no work experience, it is generally not relevant or advisable to include hobbies or interests.

If you do choose to include them, ensure they are tailored to suit the position. If you’re applying for a job in a design company, for instance, you may want to include hobbies like, “blogging about web design” or “attending art and design exhibitions” etc.

Email Addresses

If you don’t have a professional email address, get one. Having addresses with Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and other web-based companies is acceptable (though Service Provider addresses can be more reliable), as long as your email prefix is professional. Email addresses that use your name, for instance, are ideal (barryjones@gmail.com), but if you have an address like “ilovedogs@hotmail.com” this is not going to make a very professional or mature impression.

Resume Designs

Ever heard the expression, “less is more?” At all times, the design of your resume should be professional not personal. This means staying away from colours, fancy fonts, animated designs and other decorative images and graphics. Even a border can detract from the formality and professionalism of your document. Instead, stick to black and white, and remember that simplicity is best.

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Regards,

kylie hammond

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

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.

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Kind Regards,

kylie hammond

Taking Advantage of Recruitment Trends for Job Seekers

TrendsTrends in the recruitment and HR industries not only affect search consultants and employers, but job seekers too.

If you are looking for executive employment, there are a range of trends shaping the job world this year that can provide you with new ideas and approaches for succeeding in your job search.

 

Growth Industries

If you are keen for an industry change with plenty of transferable skills to support you, consider focusing your efforts on finding employment in high growth industries. According to Randstad, industries such as education, healthcare, technology and mining/resources are all on the right track for the year ahead and are set to benefit from strong gains in future. On the other side of the coin, construction, tourism, hospitality and manufacturing may face serious struggles.

High Turnovers

Randstad also reported that many companies suffered last year due to high turnovers and the subsequent loss of staff knowledge. As a result, many organisations are now working on their perks and benefits, but are also looking for employees with valuable industry knowledge. Highlighting the industry wisdom you can bring to the table for an employer can give you a strong, competitive advantage. If you are confident about your talents, you can also leverage these to negotiate higher salaries or more perks before you accept an offer.

Leadership Opportunities

Executive and leadership change is also going to be a big trend over the coming year, which means lots of great career opportunities for young job seekers and corporate ladder climbers. If you are an up-and-coming executive job seeker, now may be the ideal time to jump up into a leadership or senior role. If you’re not quite at that level yet, you could consider taking on a middle-management position or applying for a promotion.

Social Media

One could argue that social media is now a ‘norm’ rather than a ‘trend,’ but either way, it will also affect executive job seekers significantly over the coming years, especially with more and more recruiters, employers and head hunters using social media to fill vacancies.

Profiles and activity on sites like LinkedIn and Twitter can be highly beneficial. Job seekers and executives looking for employment this year should utilise social media to maximise their success and make new connections that could potentially lead to lucrative employment.
In addition, job seekers will need to ensure their profiles on social media sites are working to their advantage, as well as ensuring their professional resumes are up to scratch.

Temp & Contracting Work

Skills and talent shortages are also affecting many industries this year, with employers and consultants finding it more and more difficult to attract people to their organisations on a permanent basis. As such, companies may look to temporary and contract solutions in order to find the right, technical talent. For job seekers, this means opening your options and considering temp or contract roles could also be valuable.

Resumes Australia is a complete career management service offering job searching advice, career counselling, resume writing, interview coaching and personal branding solutions to executive Australian job seekers. Learn more about what we do 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 Empower Your Resume

Empowered resumeIf you are searching for a new job, you’ll know how fiercely competitive the corporate job market can be.

It takes a strong level of dedication and skill to produce a persuasive executive resume.

Your executive resume should not only land you an interview, but it should portray you as an industry expert and an effective leader.

You might be a powerful executive, but how do you empower your executive resume?

1. Be An Industry Leader

If you are applying for a leading executive role, you need to showcase yourself as a leader, innovator or up-and-coming frontrunner in your industry.

    •  Customise your executive resume so that it highlights your specific industry experience and knowledge
    •  Focus on your achievements, rather than just on your responsibilities
    •  Include any industry memberships or groups that you belong to
    •  List any conferences you have spoken at or papers you have had published

2. Show, Don’t Tell

It’s also important to be as specific as possible in your executive resume: “show” rather than “tell.” Anyone can claim to “manage a team of 8 staff” or be an “expert problem solver” – but where’s the proof?

Generalised descriptions do not empower a resume and leave the recruiter to “guess” at what you actually did and what you achieved.

Ensure you quantify your claims and use specific examples when writing your executive resume. Include statistics or measurable results where possible or (if these are not available) demonstrate the value of your efforts and outcomes. Remember to describe:

      • What the issue or problem was
      • How you approached the issue and what you did to resolve it
      • What the results were
      • What the benefits were and how your actions added value to the company

3. Use Powerful Words & Language

Many candidates make the resume writing mistake of being vague and ambivalent in their resumes. Utilising the words and terms below will help you to add value to your executive resume, forcing you to dive deeper into your achievements and abilities.

In order to create a persuasive document, you should use these or similar terms, and couple them together with evidence of the outcomes that your contributions produced.
Remember, great language + great evidence = an empowered resume!

Succeeded    Transformed Pioneered
Diversified Negotiated Increased
Eliminated Improved Achieved
Lead Influenced Marketed
Strengthened Mentored Motivated
Restructured Designed Integrated
Evaluated Streamlined Expanded
Measured Maximised Advanced

4. Remember the Job Description

This may be an obvious point, but it’s one that many candidates often miss. A powerful executive resume not only accomplishes all of the above, it also specifically meets the criteria set out in the job description.

While you can showcase yourself as an industry leader, give examples of your achievements and use convincing verbs, it will mean nothing if it is not relevant to the employer.

Ask yourself:

        • Do I understand what the employer wants and what they are looking for in a candidate?
        • Have I described my experience well, using specific examples, and does this relate to the skills listed in the job description?
        • Is there anything in the job description that I haven’t addressed?

Need help empowering your executive resume?

All of the above is much easier said than done. Resumes Australia works with a wide range of executive candidates to help them empower their resumes and drive their success.

Just contact us today and let us transform your executive resume into something truly powerful.

Regards,
kylie hammond

Is Your Resume Getting Lost in Applicant Tracking Systems?

Is your resume getting lost?Do you find that you are submitting your resume online for dozens of jobs, but you never hear back from the employer or recruiter?

If you simply think it’s because your resume got passed over or because you weren’t 100% right for the role, think again.

It could be because your resume is getting lost in applicant tracking systems.

As the world moves away from paper and into the era of the digital, it only makes sense that the recruitment industry follows suit. For employers and recruiters alike, this means utilising a range of digital systems to manage and enhance their hiring processes, making it much easier for them to receive and track large volumes of resumes.

The outcome? It’s great for recruiters, but not so great for job applicants. While the processing and response time from the recruiter or employer may be a lot faster, it also means that unless your resume is optimised well, it can get lost in the system or end up at the bottom of the recruiters “relevancy” list.

How does it work? When you submit a resume online, software programs will usually log your resume into a database and use keywords to see how well your resume content matches the keywords that the recruiter is looking for. And unless your resume has those keywords, it’s not going to be reviewed. As a result, candidates who simply apply for jobs using the exact same resume and cover letter over and over, have a poor chance of their application being noticed, let alone even being contacted for an interview. Remember, people can read between the lines – but software programs can’t.

So what’s the solution? Here are some of my tips on how to adjust and rewrite your resume so that it doesn’t fall by the wayside when it comes to the applicant tracking systems.

1. Use the Right Keywords

For those who read the job description carefully and tailor their resumes and applications, the correct use of keywords can be highly beneficial and can send you to the top of the “relevancy” list that the tracking system produces for recruiters.

Read through the position description thoroughly and employ the same or similar language in your resume, using powerful words and industry jargon where applicable. Use the keywords well, and don’t “stuff” them in just for the sake of it. Most importantly, make sure your keywords are spelled correctly.

2. Tailor Your Responsibilities and Achievements

Part of using keywords well means also tailoring your responsibilities and achievements in your resume for the position you are applying for. Selection criteria should be addressed in your cover letter or in a separate document. Review your present and previous job descriptions so that they accurately represent your ability to do the job you are applying for. If you’re applying for a managerial job, for instance, and your resume is all about sales, your application will probably end up being automatically discarded by the system.

3. Keep Your Resume Clean

I reiterate this point to all of my resume clients, but it always helps to say it again: Keep your resume clean. This means using common fonts, such as Arial, Times New Roman or Georgia, getting rid of any graphics or borders, and using bullet points. Avoiding this rule will have your resume ending up at the bottom of a system’s list – or in the bin.

4. Refine Your Skills

Tracking systems will often search for specific skills in the resumes they receive, so ensure that you also refine and customise the skills listed in your resume so that they are relevant to the job description. E.g. if the job description requires you to have outstanding relationship management skills, but your resume instead says “good with clients and colleagues” you will need to adjust this to better suit the keywords and language being used by the employer.

Don’t have time to optimise your resume or having issues working out what keywords to use? Resumes Australia has a range of resume writing services designed to help you succeed in the digital, recruitment world. Just enquire today!

Happy job hunting,

kylie hammond

6 Mistakes When Negotiating a New Salary

salarySecuring a brand new job or simply finding out that you’ve been accepted for that promotion is an inspiring feeling – and as part of your success, you will need to negotiate a new salary.
Salary negotiation can be tough and I’ve been witness to some big mistakes made by candidates when it comes to discussing their new salary. These mistakes, although small, have cost them thousands of dollars and some have even resulted in them losing the opportunity altogether.

If you are negotiating your new salary, be aware of these top 6 mistakes that I’ve observed repeatedly.

Mistake 1: Including Salary Details In Your Professional Resume

If you have included any salary information in your professional resume, you should delete it, whether it’s your current salary or the salary you desire. Revealing your salary expectations in your executive resume can hinder your chances of success, especially in the early stages.

If you are successful in winning the role, it also means that you are “stuck” with the salary you’ve already disclosed, or the employer will only make you an offer that’s slightly more than your current salary. Remember, your professional resume is there to showcase your experience, achievements and skills for the role – not as a starting place for salary negotiations.

Mistake 2: Giving Away Salary Details in the Interview

During the interview process, some employers may ask you what salary you are looking for.

But just like your professional resume, it’s crucial that you don’t disclose any of your salary details or expectations until you have been offered the role, and negotiations have commenced. Setting the salary bar too low early on can greatly limit the room you have to negotiate more later.

If you are questioned in an interview about your salary, remain “elusive” or politely inform the employer or recruiter that you’d prefer to leave any salary discussions until the end of the interview process.

Mistake 3: Accepting the First Offer

When an employer makes you their first salary offer, you should keep in mind that it is an initial offer. That is, you should negotiate a higher salary or a better package based on this figure.

Even if you are thrilled about securing the position, accepting the first offer means that you’ve (a) reduced your salary instantly and (b) set back your salary progression for the future.

Mistake 4: Being Too Demanding

Salary negotiation takes a lot of tact and skill, and coming off as too pushy or demanding in your negotiations can lead to your requests simply being refused or, in the worst case scenario, your offer being retracted.

Instead, think clearly and carefully about the true worth of the skills and talents you are bringing to the table, and consider the realistic benchmark for salaries in your given industry. If in doubt, a career coaching professional may be able to help you.

Mistake 5: Failing to Leverage Other Areas

Often, I’ve seen employers tell candidates that there is absolutely no room for negotiation when it comes to their base salary. Usually, the candidate simply responds with, “oh ok” and then accepts the offer.

This is a big mistake. Even though some companies may not be able to budge on salary, it doesn’t mean that you can’t negotiate with them in other areas. For instance, you could ask for more bonuses, increased benefits, a company car or a salary review in the near future?

Mistake 6: Not Hiring A Negotiator

I’ve also seen many executives negotiate their own salary and as a result, they end up greatly underselling themselves. An experienced negotiator can potentially earn you thousands more when it comes to your salary, and they will be able to advise you on what salary range you should be aiming for in terms of your skillset and industry.

Are you ready for a pay rise?

Salary negotiations are tricky. If you’re not confident, why not get in touch with Resumes Australia? Our salary negotiation services can advise you on what you’re really worth and help you achieve a salary that’s on a par with your success.

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

5 Tips for Achieving Your Career Goals

career coachingHaving strong career goals – and strong paths to achieving those goals – can be the secret to a successful and satisfying career. Candidates who are goal driven can often produce better resumes and have more success in job interviews.

Our career coaching services help many candidates each year set and achieve their career goals – and help ensure that these goals are reflected in their resume.

If you feel that your career is not on the right track or that you’re constantly setting goals but failing to reach them, here is some of my best advice:

1. Be Honest & Positive

The first step is to be honest and positive about your goals. Think about what it is you want from your career and be as specific as possible. Instead of saying, “I want to be a manager” say, “I want to be a manager in X industry by the end of 2015.”

Also take your motivations into account and be honest with your reasoning. Do you want to become a manager because you truly love managing people and being at the top? Or do you simply want a higher salary? Deluding yourself about why you want to achieve your goals can take you in the wrong direction. If you simply want more money, for instance, you may not be prepared for the many responsibilities a manager will have – and you’ll end up being unhappy in your role.

You should also ensure that your goals are positive – your goals should be about what you want to achieve, not what you want to avoid. For instance, “I want to be manage my own hours and be my own boss” is a better goal than: “I don’t want to follow orders from my manager all day long.”

2. Are Your Goals Realistic?

Next, question whether your goals are realistic. If you set goals that are unattainable, you will be setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. Ask yourself whether your goals can be realistically achieved in the time frame you have set. If not, try setting goals that are more achievable in the short-term. When in doubt, start with smaller goals.

3. Align Your Goals With Your Actions

I once had a career coaching candidate whose long-term goal involved running his own business, but who had been focusing all his energy on climbing the corporate ladder over the past 9 years. Although his career progressed, it wasn’t steering him towards owning his own business at all.

Whatever your goal is, ensure that your immediate actions and achievements relate in some way to your ultimate career goal. Otherwise, you will end up becoming “side-tracked” and discovering that your goal has gotten away from you. Think clearly about how your actions relate to your goals, and spend your efforts making sure that your actions are leading you in the right career direction.

4. Identify Obstacles & Solutions

There will always be obstacles when it comes to any goal – the key is learning how to overcome them. Start by writing down the obstacles that could potentially stop you from achieving your goals. These obstacles might be personal, financial or circumstantial.

Next, write down three ways in which you could overcome each obstacle. Once you have this list, you can use this to formulate your action plan and your next steps towards achieving your goal.

5. Seek Support

It can be difficult to achieve your career goals on your own. Instead, seek support from the people and resources around you. Support can be:

•    Personal – family, friends, children
•    Professional – colleagues, bosses, mentors, career coaches, resume writers
•    Educational – seminars, workshops, training, courses

Struggling with your goals or unsure of how to achieve them?

The career coaching services at Resumes Australia can help you identify what you want from your career and what actions you need to take to get there. Simply review our career coaching packages today.

Regards,

kylie hammond

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