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Guide to effective Resumes

Click here to find out what recruiters think about resume and how you should structure it for better results.

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR CV?

The purpose is to get called in for an interview, that’s it.  Very rarely ever, does someone get hired, purely on their CV.
Your resume should open the door to a new job for you by surviving the initial resume screening process (Do you meet the qualifications? Does your resume make a good impression? Does your resume contain the appropriate key words? etc.).

 

COVER LETTERS CREATE CONNECTION.

We still send resumes to people, like hiring managers and network connections, outside of the automated recruiting systems.   It may get sent to someone who can make an interview or hiring decision.

 

UNDERSTAND WHY JOBS EXIST.

No job gets added to the payroll unless it helps the employer make money, save money, or increase productivity. This holds true for all jobs, at all levels and in all professions.


HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS

Employers look to what you have achieved in your work as an indication of what you are likely to achieve. It might help you recall relevant skills and contributions using CAR:

C = Challenge (Think of a challenge you faced or problem you had to resolve.)
A = Action (What actions did you take?)
R = Results (What was the result of these actions? What was the value to your employer?)


THE RESUMES ROLE IN JOB SEARCH

Your resume can be a passive job search tool, uploaded onto resume databases. It operates much like a social media profile, making you visible to people who are actively looking for professionals like you in that particular database.


USE KEYWORDS ON THE FIRST PAGE

As much as possible, front-load crucial keywords at the beginning of your resume.  Resume database search algorithms reward words near the top of a document, because they are seen to help determine a document’s relevance. This affects the discoverability of your resume.

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