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.
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.
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.
For privacy reasons and to protect our work from plagiarism, we are not able to send through a sample of our completed work. We are happy to show you a sample of our resume format at the commencement of the face to face consultation to ensure that you are completely happy and know exactly what to expect at the end of the process.
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- 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.
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.
- Outlines your key characteristics and skills which will be valued and relevant to specific employers.
If you have a hard time putting words down on paper, it might make sense to pay someone else to do it for you.
Hiring a professional means, you will most likely avoid errors on your resume | mistakes that could otherwise seem that you did not take the time and derail your chance of getting called in for an interview.
Since there is a lot of competition out there, you will want your resume to stand out!
If you need to be working, that is reason enough to pay the fee and have your resume written.
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.
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.
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.
The importance of sending a cover letter along with your resume can not be stated strongly enough. It is the first thing employers read before deciding whether to read your resume or move on to the next applicant. Your cover letter is an introductory document that provides a snap shot of who you are and your relevance to the job on offer.
Most job advertisers will ask that you send a cover letter. If you do not take the time, you have not done what was expected of you. Put yourself in the employer’s shoes. Would you hire a candidate who failed to follow your instructions?
Professional Resume Services cannot guarantee that our services will secure an interview or employment. We offer a high quality, face to face personalised consultation service with an excellent success rate of getting our clients to the interview stage. Your likelihood of being selected for interview is determined by many factors, including the suitability of your skills and experience in relation to the role, alongside the volume and caliber of the other candidates applying for the role, both of which are outside of our control.