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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

All too frequently, those in search of a new job pull out their most recent resume and simply add details of their latest position.
This is an easy habit to fall into … but it won’t get you the results you want!

If you don’t edit or delete obsolete information, your resume can become cluttered. To your potential employer, clutter on your resume means you either didn’t put much effort into your resume writing, or that clutter is a way of life – with your workspace, your communications, your work…

Here are a few helpful hints to ensure your resume is getting you results you need.

What is a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Why do you need a Resume?
Is Resume presentation important?
What employers look for in a Resume?
What are the benefits of a professionally written Resume?
What is a Cover Letter?
Why choose Professional Resume Services?

What is a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A resume is literally the presentation of a person detailing all academic qualifications.
A resume today is mandatory when seeking employment. For something that influences the decision on whether or not you will be approached for an interview, your resume should be approached in a professional manner and viewed on the basis of what it is worth to you and not the investment.
When employers are hiring people they receive a lot of potential applicants to talk to.
They don’t want to waste their time interviewing someone they don’t believe can do the job. Employers make decisions based on your resume. You get an interview often because your resume convinced the person reading it that you are right for the job.
The length of the resume is very important. A resume that is 2 pages (or under) is probably not enough to properly describe your skills, experience or working history. You need to tell the person reading your resume enough to make them want to talk to you. But beware; whilst not putting enough on your resume can be a mistake, putting too much information can deter the reader from turning to the next page. (BACK)

Why do you need a Resume?

When applying for jobs it is important for the recruiter to have an idea of who you are as a person and your work history in a professional and personalised manner. Therefore a well written resume explains your best characteristics, such as your work ethics, your skills, your past work employment, your achievements and any other personal assets which would be beneficial to a prospective employer. Additionally a well written resume gives you the ability to present yourself in the most positive and professional light and allows you the opportunity to sell yourself based on merit. Your resume is a sales document that justifies to the employer why they should give you the opportunity to present yourself for an interview. (BACK)

Is Resume presentation important?

Resumes should always be printed on a laser printer or other high quality printer. Never submit hand written resumes unless you see the actual words “hand written resume”. And never, ever hand in a resume that has spelling mistakes or any information that is out of date. This only shows that you did not bother to take the time to proof read your resume before submitting it.
If you really want that job then take the time to make sure ALL your information is up to date and error free. Employers may wonder if you pay attention to small details while on the job, if your resume has not been properly proof read.
Another detail to consider in presenting your resume is a presentation folder the more professional, the better. A good quality folder is a must for your interview. Your resume will look polished and professional, create a good impression, and help you organise your information when you’re in the hot seat. (BACK)

What employers look for in a Resume?

Employers are delighted to see a professional, positive and thoughtful resume that is easy to read and understand making their screening process easier.
Employer’s value resumes which are well formatted, utilise simple yet effective language and make sense with plain English.
Employers appreciate a resume which is tailored to specific positions to assess whether you are the perfect match for a position through your qualifications, skills and history of employment and other activities. Employers also value a resume which is succinct, honest and aesthetically appealing.
Overall the ambition of an employer is to find the right employee at the right time for the right position therefore a resume which matches these requirements will achieve a greater chance at an interview. (BACK)

What are the benefits of a professionally written Resume?

An effective resume will:

  • Help you to stand out from the other applicants, increasing your chances of achieving your desired position.
  • Be read from start to finish if kept to an appropriate length and formatting is easy on the eye
  • Give you a competitive advantage in the job market.
  • Ensure that employers can see your potential and recognise your talent or ability to be trained in new and existing areas.Ÿ
  • Outlines your key characteristics and skills which will be valued and relevant to specific employers. (BACK)

What is a Cover Letter?

A Cover Letter is a letter to an employer that says which position you’re applying for and includes an overview of your skills. You should always include a cover letter when you e-mail your resume to an employer, even if they don’t ask for one. Think of Cover Letters as another tool to set yourself apart from your competition.
Cover letters allow you to actually get your personalized message across to the interviewer. The key is to be brief and direct…just like a resume…the person on the other end will want to quickly read your cover letter…so make sure you don’t write a long story.
Use the cover letter to gain the interest of the reader. The purpose here is to get the reader interested so that they will want to examine your resume further.

  • Make sure the contact name and company name are correct.
  • Cover Letter mentions the position you are applying for and where it was listed.
  • Your personal information (name, address, home phone, mobile phone, email) is all included and correct.
  • If you have a contact at the company, you have mentioned him or her in the first paragraph.
  • Font is 10 or 12 points and easy to read (Times New Roman or Arial, for example).
  • You have read the Cover Letter out loud to make sure there are no missing words. (BACK)

Why choose Professional Resume Services?

  • Confidentiality Guaranteed.
  • Interview and Career Guidance.
  • All resumes and documents are tailored to your individual needs and requirements.
  • Provide a professional resume that stands out and be able to catch the recruiters eye quickly.
  • Meet deadlines to ensure you are able to apply for the position. (BACK)

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