Don’t Be Like Barnaby – Have a New Resume Ready
As recent events have shown, the sudden need for a new resume can strike anytime. We are betting that our Deputy Prime Minister did not think he would be looking for a new job out of the blue. Perhaps jotting down his key achievements would have been a better use of his time. Actually, thinking about it, maybe his key achievements are the problem – but you get what we mean!
Most people do not generally give much thought to a new resume until the last moment. This can be a potentially fatal error. A resume with little care given in its construction will not give you the result you need. The smart person does not suddenly find themselves out of a job citing the need to “see some clear air” – code for “Well, I didn’t see that coming”.
The Value of a New Resume
You can guarantee that a resume written in haste will be rejected. It is one of the most important documents that you will ever prepare. Its ramifications are huge – a great resume can literally be worth a small fortune to you, so why treat it as an afterthought? Your new resume should accurately reflect your individuality. It is not simply a shopping list of positive adjectives, qualifications, key responsibilities and relevant experience. Your employers’ needs and your ability to position yourself as a distinctive asset to them is all these things plus your personal traits and qualities.
When you get a letter that uses phrases such as ‘overwhelming response’, or ‘after much consideration’, try not to panic. Those picked for interviews were no more capable than you; it was because your resume fumbled the ball in not illustrating that fact well enough. There are two distinct choices open to you. You can read this, whilst still comfortable in your job and decide to take the time and effort to ensure your resume is up-to-date and the best it can be. Or, you can engage a company like ours, who have over a decade of experience writing successful new resumes.
The process is very straightforward for you the client. An experienced writer is selected for you who is familiar with the requirements of your industry. We will set up a telephone consultation at a time entirely convenient for you; day or night, weekday or weekend. Before your writer speaks with you, they will carefully go over your existing resume (we also ask you fill out a simple questionnaire that is designed to bring out your professional objectives and short and long-term goals).
The Birth of Your New Resume
During your consultation, we will put together a picture of you as a person. We know full well how to present your experiences and qualifications. But we also focus on your key experiences. These are an excellent way to highlight your ability to not just perform your key duties, but how you adapt and apply them in real-world situations – specifically, how you as a person interpret situations, apply your soft skills, experience and perseverance to achieve a positive outcome. It is vital to include key achievements.
Hiring managers are certainly looking for the necessary qualifications and experience. Additionally, they are also looking for evidence of your personality. Your cores skills are important, but so is being able to fit in.
Ultimately, a resume is a tricky proposition to get just right. There is so much to gain, and none of it can be left to chance. If you have the skills to articulate your experience and capabilities in a package that sells your capabilities, then we suggest you set aside some time and do it. However, not everyone does, and we believe a new resume, professionally written, is worth its cost many times over.