The Dos and Don’ts of Working with a Professional Resume Writer

The Dos and Don’ts of Working with a Professional Resume Writer

The Dos and Don’ts of Working with a Professional Resume Writer

The best way to make the most out of your Professional writing service is to be involved in the process and to be proactive in ensuring that your resume still sounds like it was written by you. While you may struggle with a wide array of problems such as inadequate English writing skills, inexperience with Resumes, or not knowing how to “sell” yourself and your skills to your recruiter, a Resume writer should complement your talents and skills and highlight your most relevant and applicable qualifications.

 

An excellent Resume consultant should be able to not only edit and spruce up your professional documents, but they should be able to guide you through the entire writing, editing, and submission process. There are industry guidelines and best practices that Resume consultants are privy to, and they can use this knowledge to provide you an advantage over your peers. Some of those standards include the National Employment Standards, ensuring that information such as your date of birth, is not included In your new, professional resume.

If you decide to go ahead with our resume consultancy service and engage the assistance of a professional Resume writer or editor, here are some dos and don’ts that will give you more value for your money:

Dos

 

Do participate and prepare to invest your time.

At the very least, Resume Writer will have you send  your previous professional documents, including old CVs, referral letters, certificates and other professional credentials. Be thorough and include everything you might need to highlight your experience and expertise. No one knows you better than yourself, and there is only so much that a Resume Writer can do to produce a fitting Resume for your career goals. You must be the one in control of your own career aims as told by your past achievements and your value as an employee.

Do supply in depth reference documents.

Skilled in a specialised computer software that might boost your chances at landing that job? Send in that certificate and let your Resume writer take care of the rest! Certified in a rare skill? Show your Resume consultant your credentials and they will highlight that in your resume! Be thorough with your proven accomplishments and let your achievements shine.

 

Do fill out an update form.

Do not be stingy with details! This is one of the most time-consuming component of the process, but the more time you invest in filling in the update form, the better and the more personalised the outcome of your resume! We are aiming at presenting you in a competitive, yet impactful manner and anything that will give you a “point of difference” counts.

 

Do provide references.

One of the most important reasons why resumes get binned is the lack of character or professional references. Even if you decide not to include references as is accepted practice, make sure to add “Supplied upon request” as an alternative.

 

Don’ts

 

Do not assume that the consultant will know your job description

Most Resume writers are aware of key positions and job designations, but sometimes, companies can have specialised titles or differing operational definition of a certain title or role. Supply specific information to inform your Resume writer of your key responsibilities and roles. Better yet, send in your old Job Description document if you still have it on file.

 

Do not scrimp on key achievements and specific accomplishments

There is no such thing as too much when talking about your relevant accomplishments such as awards, commendations,  key projects, recognitions, and certifications. Impress with actual numbers, financial outcomes and figures, KPIs and other metrics. As long as they are helpful to your application, your CV writer will highlight them in your job responsibilities to breathe some excitement and colour to your professional profile.

 

Do not be embarrassed to address gaps in employment

A common mistake that applicants do is leave out long periods of unemployment unaddressed, creating a gap in the employment history. If you took a break to go pursue further study, to help out in a family emergency, or even to go on a vacation or an extended trip, don’t be embarrassed to specify these periods in your resume. It is better to be forthcoming about these gaps than to wait to be asked about these missing dates in your resume.

 

Do not skip the read-through
Last but not the least, make your Resume sound authentic, warm , and personal by doing a read through and working with your Resume consultant to fine tune the draft into a document that suits you best. Being involved in the process also ensures that you are able to point out occasional errors or inconsistencies, or adjust certain sections to your liking. Whilst you can expect your resume to be ready for sending, a final look won’t hurt so that you don’t miss opportunities to further improve the draft by adding in your personal touches.

 

Get in touch with a resume writer today to find out how you can maximise help and land that dream job.  

 

The 3 Most Common Types of Resumes

The 3 Most Common Types of Resumes

The 3 Most Common Types of Resumes:

 

As most of job hunters know, a resume is a brief document that highlights one’s qualifications and experience. While not all resumes are befitting the requirements of all positions, below is a short explanation of the types of resumes and how each of them can be well structured and suited to ace that job.

 

  1. Chronological Resume

This specific type of resume is widely used and highly preferred by Recruiters and HR/ Hiring Managers. Strategically, you have to list down all the jobs you have held throughout your career wherein readers can see how you have progressed and grew in your profession or line of work. This type can also easily identify your flexibility and adaptability in working with different companies as you make your way into the career ladder. This type is best for people who have progressed in their field over a period of time or for people who were moving to a more popular and in demand company.

 

  1. Functional Resume

This type focuses on skills and experience, rather than the employment history. In this type, we highlight the ‘Key Accomplishments’ or ‘Notable Awards’ of a person to add depth to his/her qualifications. This is better done with a ‘Profile Summary’ where all skills, knowledge and experiences are mentioned in the most concise manner. A Functional Resume best suits people who have wide gaps in their employment or having too much experience of too little responsibilities.

 

  1. Combination or Hybrid Resume

Obvious in its name, a combination resume is a mix between a chronological resume and a functional one. Every relevant detail of your career has its own spotlight in utilisingthis type of document. The top most of this resume usually highlights one’s skills and qualifications, making an impactful mark on the reader. Incorporating information through competencies can help connect the functional to the chronological order of the employment history. This kind of resume tailors how you are best fit for the job in giving the recruitment team all the information that they need.

 

We find that the Combination Resume provides applicants with the best results, during the initial selection process.

 

For all of your Professional Resume, Cover letter and Selection Criteria support, contact one of our Professional Resume Writers today!

 

Contact Brisbane Resume today on [email protected] or call 1300 174 435 for all of your Professional Resume and Cover letter writing needs.

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions When Writing a Resume

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions When Writing a Resume

you can have for your career, a professional resume! Here is a list to best answer your dilemma:

  1. What should I include in my resume?

Initially you should include your name, contact details, a professional summary of who you are, your education and/or qualifications, and your employment history. Others falling into new and specific categories like hobbies and interest, references, seminars attended are all dependent on how it will add weight to your resume. For example, there is no reason to include that you have attended a seminar about handling power tools in fabrication if you are applying to be a Chef. Other important things to include are core competencies and of course – key achievements, which really make you stand out from the other applicants.

In all, creating a “point of difference” with your resume is crucial. An employer really wants to know why they should pick you from the 400 other people that have applied for the same position and therefore, things like Key Achievement provide you with a competitive edge.

  1. How far do I go back enlisting my employment history?

We say that the most acceptable number of years to go back when detailing employment history is 10 – 15 years. Unless it is a re-application of a totally different role you had way, way back and you wanted to highlight some key achievements from before, then it will be more valuable to go beyond and include every positive bit of your career.

  1. Do I write my employment history in chronological order?

Outline each role and company in chronological order, starting with the most recent, including the dates you have been there. Make sure to include the most relevant career achievements to the role you are applying for.

  1. How many pages does a standard resume have?

The number of pages depend on how much experience you have and what level of employee/professional you are. If you’re an entry-level candidate, a 2-page resume should be sufficient. On the other hand, for more experienced candidates and academic resumes, we recommend a maximum of 5 pages which is kept straightforward. You can always play with the font sizes and types to achieve the perfect length.

Please remember to focus on the quality , rather than the quantity. You are better of having one extra page in a resume and providing valuable information to the recruiter which will make you stand out from the other applicants, then not including that information simply because of page count.

  1. Should I include all of my positions or only those relevant to the role I am applying for?

If you only provide the relevant roles you had over the years, especially when you have had various career changes, this will only result to employment gaps in your resume. It is better to include the previous roles even if they are not relevant but keep their duties to a minimum, in a way that only important duties and tasks are reflected. Don’t forget there are many “transferable skills” which might still be relevant, even if the role is very different.

  1. How many resumes do I need?

A single resume is enough for over 95% of job seekers. However, you do need to tailor your resume to whatever position you are applying to and make sure that all transferable skills are mentioned and directly outlined in relevance to the new role.

  1. Should I include a photo?

If it’s a professional photo that goes well with the resume, then why not include it. Just take note that many recruitment agencies say that when you include a photo on resume, it enhances the possibility of discrimination and unconscious bias against the applicant. Some countries have high regard on this matter, and Australia is one of them. Also, in line with National Employment Standards, we don’t want any employer to discriminate and therefore, the focus of the resume should be on how you perform the role rather than how amazing you look.

  1. Is my birthdate important to mention in my resume?

Any personal data beyond your contact details should not be included in your resume. While some countries require to include the date of birth, we highly recommend to leave out important numbers that could allow anyone to steal your identity. No employer should make judgement based on your age, therefore by not including this – we eliminate any potential age biases.

  1. Is it necessary to list down physical characteristics in my resume?

Like what we have explained in adding a photograph, physical characteristics such as height, weight, eye and hair color, etc. will only open doors of possible accusations of discrimination against the company. Therefore, hiring managers prefer that you do not mention these things unless they are requirements for the role.

  1. Can I oversell myself or exaggerate my qualifications?

We strongly advise against any false information in resumes (what’s that, you used your friend as a reference?). Try to be honest in all aspects of your submission. As professional resume writers, we can work with the information you provide us to make you stand out and present professionally and we don’t need any false information, in order to be able to do that.

False information can also come to haunt you later down the track, not to mention ethical and legal implications.

Don’t sweat over your own resume – Leave it to the professionals with a brand new Professional Resume and Cover letter, customised to you! We will ensure that your new documents are professional, impactful and also in line with National best practice.

Contact us today at [email protected] or call 1300 174 435.

 

Selection Criteria – Why We Believe in the STAR Response Method

Selection Criteria – Why We Believe in the STAR Response Method

    The STAR method is one of the most popular ways of structuring examples and demonstrations against selection criteria requirement. By using this method, it becomes clear to see the definitions and connections of your experiences to what is the role requirement by simply discussing your situation, the tasks to be dealt with upon the situation, the actions you have done to complete the tasks and the results following your action.
    It is one way to present your claims in an organised order so that anyone who is reading it, would easily decipher the narrative in a clear and concise manner, disregarding anything that is not related to the criteria and get your thoughts flowing.
    The STAR method stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. Firstly, you have to describe a work situation that you were faced with relating to the criteria given. Then, describe the tasks entailed with the situation that needs to be addressed or you had to complete. After mentioning the tasks, it is for you to provide the actions taken to complete each task in the most effective and efficient manner. This is where the employers will see how you are in times of crisis or problems within the work area. Proactivity and efficiency are key aspects on how they see you as an employee. Finally, the results will describe how effective your actions were and if these actions provided positive outcomes to the problems. In short, if you have effectively resolved the problem. There is a plus point if the result has also reached through areas not targeted but are also at risk of the problem, this will provide the reader, or the employer a perspective of what else you can offer, hitting two birds in one stone by hiring you.
    As doing something well once doesn’t mean that you are consistently good at it, using the STAR method must be done in the most specific way. Giving shallow examples that others might have done as well without sweat doesn’t make you stand out. If deciding to use this highly popular method, you must apply outlining and sincerity for them to feel that you are definitely a cream of the crop. The employer or the selection panel wants to know that you have the capability and consistency of bringing forward the best knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
    The STAR method is mainly used for all government submissions and also university submissions. Our writers specialise in the STAR response method and we can certainly help you with addressing any applicable selection criteria.

The Perfect Cover Letter Highlighting Your Skills

The Perfect Cover Letter Highlighting Your Skills

 

When applying for a job, you will want to provide a highlight and glimpse of your career goals and showing your profile and experiences is ideal to sell yourself fitting in the available position. A perfect cover letter is the key to do this.

But what if you don’t have that flawless stepping path? Answer is, it is all about highlighting your transferable skills. This approach will direct the conversation towards whether you can do that job or not—and that is exactly what you want to do when you haven’t had a linear career path.

First, list down which skills you want to emphasise by carefully reviewing the job description. Then, focus on the most important technical and behavioural skills the position requires. Choose three skills that you think are your strong to focus on. Then for each of this skill, think of the projects, tasks, duties and responsibilities that truly explains your expertise in that area.

Finally, roll them all together into a cover letter that clearly explains all skills together with your experienced responsibilities. Insert your personal attributes, creativity, and knowledge of the company you are applying to into your letter.

Don’t bother walking through your entire career path and justifying every professional decision you made. Do the hiring manager and yourself a favor, and let your skills speak for themselves. 

New Year, New Career

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In today’s competitive career market, it’s difficult enough for job hunters on a stable profession track to have their resumes ready for a career change. If you are going in for a fresh course, it’s all that much more challenging to persuade employers to take a chance on you.

At times, career change is by preference, usually driven by the want to pursue a new desire or crave to take on greater challenges. Frequently, particularly throughout periods of economic disorder, career changes are made for practical reasons and sometimes, we look for that burning passion inside.

When pursuing a fresh, clean slate of profession, it is a big mistake to utilise the same professional documents you have used from your former or current role. As an alternative, your professional documents must be revised to highlight main credentials for new purposes. And while crafting a resume isn’t the simplest task, take comfort in realising that a good deal of your experience, though it’s from an entirely different industry, will nevertheless be significant.

Here’s how to get started developing your career-change resume.

Get to know your new industry

Browse job descriptions and industry updates to acquire a gist of the competences that companies or organisations want.

Make sure that your goals are clear

Outline your new job goal openly and specify why you are eligible and ready for the new position. If you possess minimum involvement in the area, you may nevertheless assemble qualifications and expertise from your preceding job experience.

Add a Skills Section

As soon as recruiters skim through your resume, they possibly will not see familiar job titles or duties from their industry. So whichever resume layout you select, utilise the skills segment to highlight that you have the soft and hard skills essential for this job. Print out your present resume with your work history to date and include a record of all the skills you’ve acquired and applied all through your career.

A career change can be a thrilling period; however, you aim to ensure you’re well organised to move in a new industry by crafting your resume in the same direction. Market your skills and ascend to the peak of hiring lists by dealing with each one of these points. As soon as your resume is more reflective of your forthcoming objectives in the industry you aspire for, the easier it will be to fit you with possible career chances that meet your job goals.

Are Employment Gaps your Resume Dilemma?

1a14b638ff26df46f1db5fa8bf02ae1eAs most of us already know, a complete outline of your whereabouts provides a great example of an effective and outstanding resume. So what happens when you take a time off and does not know what else to include as part of your career growth over a specific period of time? Below are simple discussions as to why and how we resolve this dilemma.

1. You can always use or highlight the activities you have joined or have been affiliated to, to fill in the gaps in your personal career timeline. Just take note that you might have something related to the activity you have been that could be directed or related to the job function you are applying to. For example, Volunteer Activities or community involvement, you can always use these and extract the lessons you’ve learned from the experience or a variety of tasks you were assigned with to complete your resume. Just be creative when telling your story!
2. The short gaps will not be apparent. You can always sell yourself in your Professional Profile Summary and direct your readers (or recruitment officer) to your exceptional skills and qualifications. Draw their attention on your selling points and make them less consider the short gaps.
3. When returning to the workforce after a long absence, always indicate how you’ve been working or studying to be updated with everything related to the industry you are applying for. Show or tell them articles or blogs you have read or have to peak their attention.
4. If the reason of your absence is because you grew your family, got married, continued your education or took care of a sick family member, you can always include that but don’t sound that it is a bad thing. Your negative attitude (or energy) might affect how they see you as a member of their team. Always maintain a positive, happy disposition to everything and bear in mind that every day is a learning process and there are no incidents happened in our lives without a reason. Make sure to learn from it!

5 Essential Elements of Your Resume

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If you are someone currently looking for a job, may you be a freshly minted graduate or a professional with decades of experience, your résumé should include five critical elements. Adding these parts will organise your resume and will focus on your keys to success and accomplishments, and you will present a complete and concise resume and increase your chance of landing the job you really aim for.

A Stand Out Professional Profile
Start your resume with a quick glimpse of your professional qualifications. Adding your specified skills and professional attributes will help the employer in moving you to the next step of the selection process. Resume evaluation will help the employer weed out those unfit candidates and if you have a standout professional profile summary, it will assure you a spot on the next round given that your skills exactly highlight what they are looking for.

Proof of Expertise or Core Competencies
This section will expound the soft skills you have mentioned in your summary. Also, this is the time you have to include all necessary skills you have gathered all throughout your education or your work experiences. The more specific this could be, the better. The employer will usually read this through and look for keywords relating to the role of the professional they are looking for.

Work and Any Relevant Experience
Most people focus intensely in this part without really emphasising the Key Achievements they earned within the specific role. Employers will be more interested in what you have accomplished rather than the duties and tasks you are hired for. This will give them a hint that you have reached and performed your duties as you have achieved something in return. This will answer their question on what you can offer for their company.

Education and other Qualifications
It is really vital to include your background for the employers to see how is your professional development in the course of time. This will not only include your education but also the trainings, conferences, certificates and other relevant events happened in your professional journey. Continuing education, on-the-job training and other nontraditional education should be included here as well.

Add Who You Are
You can also include your hobbies and interests on this part. It will give the employer a hint that you are a person who is passionate with something and that you can time manage very well. Moreover, adding your professional memberships and charitable institutions you are affiliated to will do the trick. This will also be something interesting to talk about if you land the next stage, which is interview.

How to Write a Resume If You Have No Experience

How to Write a Resume If You Have No Experience

 

Getting your first job in a new industry can be a daunting process. Employers want you to have experience, but often you need to be given the opportunity in order to get that experience. The most important thing to think about when you’re creating your first resume is your job goals and your audience.
Here are tips that will actually help you write a resume without any professional experience.

Highlight your great attitude

When you have no work experience, starting your resume with a clear objective is a great way to show that you are focused and you understand the mindset of the employer. Writing a resume is essentially about putting together a personal sales pitch. Hiring managers are hiring for attitude. Include your personal achievements, as it’s all about attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get somewhere.

List skills rather than roles

This is where that prewritten list of skills and examples come in useful. You can quickly cross-reference different experiences so you have multiple examples under each heading, with the evidence to back up your claims. If you can do something which could be useful in the workplace, put it in. Applicable are computer programs you can use and languages you can speak you don’t have to be fluent for it to be useful, but don’t lie about your ability, no matter how tempting it might be to stretch the truth, lying on your resume is always a bad idea. You might make it through this round of interviews and even get the job.

Add a Major Achievements Section

Don’t make the mistake of leaving blank space in your resume just because you’re lacking in work experience. The experience section of any resume is simply a way to demonstrate how past experiences would be useful to a future employer. A major achievements section can act as an extension of your educational experience and helps to fill space on your resume. The structure of your achievements is similar to that of a professional experience section. In this section, your activities and achievements are treated as a professional job.

Be Professional

Having no work experience does not mean you are unqualified. Maintain consistent tense, style, and font when writing your resume. Take the time to proofread your writing for typos. This will present a level of professionalism.