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When Glover Lawrence was searching for his next job in the fall of 2013, he started by dreaming up the ideal position. I asked myself what attributes, roles, and responsibilities I wanted, he explains. He even crafted a job description for that made-up role using snippets of actual postings he would seen, then drafted a resume to fit it. As a senior executive, he doubted he would find work through help-wanted ads or job boards. It was going to happen through my network, he says. So he also created a one-page version of his resume to use in networking meetings and to send to contacts who had offered to help him. It included a one-line summary, five notable accomplishments, a list of the companies where he would worked for and the titles he held at each, one line about his education, and then a brief Career Focus section that described the types of jobs he was seeking. He also developed a longer, more traditional resume to use when he formally applied for a position. I tailored it to the company based on where I was in the process, what I knew about the people there, and the company culture, he says. Having the right resume for each specific opportunity, as tedious as it was, was important to me. For his LinkedIn profile, he created yet another version, presenting the same information but in a more conversational tone. Over his months-long search, Glover sent out over 50 resumes and met with over 100 people. In early 2014, he landed a job very similar to the one he’d dreamed about.
One of the biggest challenges for Australian job seekers is that much of what can be found on the internet (and in books) is written for markets other than the Australian job market (although I am working hard to change that!). Many people think that a one-page resume is the norm in Australia, but that is a bit of a myth. I always say that a resume only needs to be as long as it needs to be, to get the message across that the job seeker is the best candidate for the job. Sure, a school-leaver may have a one-page resume, however, we find most Australian resumes tend to be 2 – 3 pages, which also means that our resumes tend to have a lot more words in them. (Big thanks to Jobscan for making Australian job seekers aware of this on the Jobscan ATS tool). Other market-specific idiosyncrasies include spelling (we use British English as standard), grammar, the meanings of certain words, measurements etc – and things such as paper size. Australians are not great at shouting about their achievements, and many have very bland I did this, I did that statements on their resumes. In our experience, people (recruiters and employers) buy people (job seekers), so what we do is really turn our clients resumes around to focus on authentic, personality-driven documents that shout out just how amazing our clients are by providing tangible evidence of the outcomes of the work they have done. It is a winning formula.
The first 15-20 words of your resume are critically important because that is how long you usually have a hiring managers attention, says Lees. Start with a brief summary of your expertise. You will have the opportunity to expand on your experience further down in your resume and in your cover letter. For now, keep it short. It is a very rich, very brief elevator pitch, says Heifetz. You need to make it exquisitely clear in the summary that you have what it takes to get the job done. It should consist of a descriptor or job title like, Information security specialist who. It does not matter if this is a job title you have or ever did, says Lees. It should match what they are looking for. Here are two examples: Healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience leading providers of superior patient care. Strategy and business development executive with substantial experience designing, leading, and implementing a broad range of corporate growth and realignment initiatives. And be sure to avoid cliches. Using platitudes in your summary or anywhere else in the document is basically like saying, Iam not more valuable than anyone else, explains Lees. They are meaningless, obvious, and boring to read.
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