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Over the last few days, I was contacted by an acquaintance in one of my
social media groups seeking some career guidance as they felt they had hit a
brick wall with regards to their job search.
Been the professional helper that I am, I encouraged this individual to
send me through a copy of their Resume to see where they were going wrong.
In addition to the above social media acquaintance, I also provided some Resume Critiquing Services to a new client whom stated they were not receiving any responses to their existing employment document and sought my feedback as to the possible cause.
The key aspect where these two individuals went wrong in is in my
professional opinion was both the layout and content of the document; which
truth be told is not that uncommon.
From my perspective, “the layout and content of a Resume – CV is like the perfect little black dress or suit; that is, the Resume should be designed to highlight your best assets in terms of your professional experiences, strengths, achievements and functionalities”.
Now just like the perfect little black dress or suit, your Resume-CV can
be accessorized to suit the occasion; that is not every single piece of
employment and academia needs to be included on the document; rather you should
carefully strategize which pieces of information you include on your Resume or
CV with the sole purpose of providing enough information to capture the readers
interest but not so much that you overwhelm them and cause them to loose
interest and dump your application because it lost its appeal.
Providing the right balance of information in a smart professional document is an art form in itself.
Keep it to an
optimal 3- 5 pages (never more than 5)
Do not include
discriminatory information e.g. dates of birth, marital status and interests
Keep it clean
clear, concise and consistent (ones 4 C’s approach)
assets in terms of qualifications, skills, achievements, projects, affiliations
your statements to quantify your achievements
In today’s world when there is so many so-called professional Resume
Writers, Job Coaches, Career Counsellors, Consultants and Development
Specialist spruiking their wares it is hard to sort the chaff from the wheat in
terms of quality Resume guidance.
My philosophy has always been to keep it simple (layout) and professional so that it flows easily and to follow my 4C’s approach; you see as an individual with a background and qualifications in Human Resources coupled with nearly 2 decades in writing Resumes for individuals (from first casual positions through to global management) I know and understand that management, Human Resources and Recruitment Consultants base decisions on facts – cold hard black and white facts, utilizing a skills matrix system. That is, there is a high degree of detachment when making recruitment and selection decisions based solely on how you meet and/or exceed their criterion.
Therefore it is imperative to understand that if you fail to present yourself in a professional manner with the likes of clip art, photos, multi coloured fonts and borders etc – employers, HR and recruiters are going to start focusing on what you are trying to hide or where you do not meet their standards in terms of criterion rather than what you can do and have achieved; in short this will put you on the back foot and do you a disservice.
So forget the tacky clip art, pictures, fonts, borders and information that will discriminate and focus on telling the professional narrative (story) of you; that is: –
What are your 3 to 4 key areas of expertise
What are your key transferable skills in relation to the position
What makes you stand out from the rest of the candidates; and
Why should they hire you
Focus on this and you will be in with a chance; provide them with a tacky and ill-written Resume – expect to be discarded or at the very best be put at the bottom of the pile and only looked at when other quality candidates have be reviewed and eliminated – don’t be someone’s’ last resort – make yourself shine and encourage the reader to call youbecause you can demonstrate how you meet their criteria.
In closing, I hope that the above Resume Writing Hints and Tips and have provided you with some meaningful Resume guidance and direction; if you have any questions or seek some feedback in relation to your existing Resume please contact me via e-mail or telephone – listed on the contact page.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katherine is the Founder of Blu Ripples a specialist Career Counselling and Consulting practice located in Port Stephens NSW. Katherine is a nationally registered Career Development Specialist and Counsellor; is a Professional Member of the Career Development Association of Australia, Member of the Australian Counselling Association of Australia and Australian Association for Psychological Type. Katherine has worked in private practice since 2003 and prior to that worked in the corporate sector for a period of 12 years predominantly in Human Resources and Administration.
Career Counselling – Finding the Right Career Path for You
Have you ever wondered what it is like to find the right career pathway for you, to find your passion?
Over the last couple of weeks I have had the privilege to work with two such individuals.
The first soul whom cam to see me, came to have a Career Development Report produced. The individual soul in question came to me with some firm ideas about what they wanted to do but at the end of the psychometric assessment process had their interest piques in a totally new area; you could say their perspective or awareness was awakened. So much so that the individual soul telephoned me a copy of time before the delivery of their report and told me that they had discovered a firm interest in Primary Education as a result of the psychometric profiling session and had subsequently taken action and applied to university to do a bridging course in preparation for study next year; and now was just waiting to have the report delivered to put the final pieces of the puzzle into place.
The second soul whom came to see me, had already transitioned into her passion (new career) a couple of years before hand and sought help to prepare her employment documentation for the next strategic career move.
Interestingly both souls were in their 40’s, the first in their early 40’s the second in their late forties.
At a time when most of us can become stuck nay bogged down in our career and life, because of life circumstances and/our mindset. These two individual souls broke the glass ceiling or pushed their way through the mud and reached new peaks, dispelling fears about starting over and/or not gaining employment because they were “too old” they simply established their goals and moved forward with confidence, determination and vigour.
So looking back at both of these souls what are the 3 qualities they displayed and how can we learn from them Read More
Promote and elevate yourself on a professional platform with a Resume – Curriculum Vitae (CV) by Blu Ripples
Writing a clear and concise CV-Résumé is easy if you take the time to do your research, remain objective and highlight what you can do for your potential employer based on their needs not yours.
To ensure you achieve the above stated outcome it is imperative that you know your subject “YOU” very well. Spend a little time analysing your academic, professional and personal background. What skills, acumen (knowledge) and personality traits do you currently possess that would be beneficial for your potential employer? Now look at the flip side of the coin to analyse which skills you need to develop or refine.
The purpose of the above stated research and analysis is to determine congruence between yourself and the current labour market.
It should go without saying that the labour market is a highly competitive environment and as such when compiling your CV-Résumé you need to keep in mind that Managers, HR Professionals and Recruitment Consultants are predominantly highly conservative individuals who are impressed with the content of the of the documentnot the “Bells and Whistles”.
NB: “ Bells and Whistles” refers to clip art, photographs, multiple fonts, colours, borders etc.
Speaking from experience the more Bells and Whistles one finds on a CV-Résumé the more one is likely to focus on what the applicant is hiding or not saying rather than what the applicant can do; as previously highlighted the whole point of a CV-Résumé is to highlight what you can do for your potential employer not draw their attention to what you are lacking in experience and/or education.
5 Tips for compiling a Clear and Concise CV-Résumé
Optimal Page Length – 3 pages ideally, but no more than 5 pages
Do not include discriminatory information for example your date of birth or marital status
Do not include the Bells and Whistles; when formatting your CV-Résumé remember the 4 C’s: – Clean, Clear, Concise and Consistent
Highlight your academic qualifications, key skills and competencies, professional affiliations, operational responsibilities, key achievements and projects, academic publications and if appropriate relevant voluntary work; and finally
Always clarify your statements in the responsibilities and achievement sections
Stay Tuned for Part 3 – Creativity in the recruitment phase; Is there a place for it?
Blu Ripples is a nationally registered Career Counselling and Consulting practice. At the cornerstone of our practice is the passion to help people through life’s ripples; to add value, to challenge perceptions, to offer inspiration, support, encouragement and guidance through life’s ripples. We achieve this by providing all clients with a safe, caring and supportive environment in which they can identify, explore and release their thoughts, feelings and emotions; thus, in turn allowing our clients to confidently move forward in a direction and manner that is appropriate for them.