EXECUTIVE RESUME | PROFESSIONAL CV
CURRICULUM VITAE | RESUME
A professional CV and resume writer can make all the difference between you getting an interview, (or not).
*We use CV and résumé interchangeably because both are understood to be roughly the same thing.
Sometimes it’s really hard finding the right words to explain what you’ve achieved in your career so far, or perhaps you’re ready to make a move up the career ladder, but don’t know how to align your experience with your next career move.
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Writing an interview-winning, professional CV or executive resume is at the heart of any successful job-hunting campaign. Its job is to convince the reader (ie: the recruiter) that you can do the job.
Your CV is your career marketing and communications tool, and its aim is to grab the attention of a prospective employer so that you get invited to interview for the position.
Before you start your search for the perfect job, it is absolutely critical that you get the presentation of your credentials in its best possible format, and professional resume writing services can do just that.
While executive and C-suite resumes are a strength, if you are a newcomer to the Australian job market, we understand the challenges and barriers faced by entering the market without local work experience, and have helped hundreds of visa holders and new permanent residents secure interviews with a resume to suit the Australian job market.
We are equally skilled in helping those with challenging career histories, job hoppers, career changers and those seeking career transitions, as well as writing graduate resumes for new graduate or soon-to-be graduates with little or no formal work experience.
“Recruiters now receive literally hundreds of CV’s
for every job they post.”
If you want to increase your chances of having your resume noticed in a very crowded and highly competitive market, you need a resume that will rise above the rest.
Resumes today are not just a dry, chronological history of your employment to date, or a laundry list of what you do in your day-to-day job – they are career marketing documents that should position you as the perfect candidate for the roles you apply for. Through our questioning, we aim to get to the essence of what you have that sets you apart from other candidates and what your personal brand is.
In order to do this, we need to delve into what value YOU bring to a potential employer that other candidates won’t. We do this by presenting proof of your achievements. Your CV needs to make it through the candidate management software and applicant tracking systems so that it doesn’t get discarded in the screening process by a computer, before it’s even read by a real person.
But before you even set about writing your resume, it’s important to recognise that you potentially have three audiences reading your documents, all of whom take different things from it, so it has to be compelling, concise and easy to read for each of these audiences:
High volume / Skim readers
also known as the gatekeeper screeners) such as recruiters who just glance over CVs to check that keywords and selection criteria are addressed;
such as hiring managers and key decision-makers who like to drill down into the finer detail about results, achievements, successes and value adding a candidate brings, and
Applicant Tracking Systems: ATS and parsing software
are the software programs used by around 80% of organisations to assist with recruitment. (Read more about ATS by clicking here or google ATS for more detail). These programs extract information from your documents to determine if you meet the key criteria for a position, and may determine if it even gets read by a human in the first instance.
When we create documents, we start with some small changes so that you can make a big impression.
When you meet someone for the first time, it is said that you have 30 seconds to make a great first impression. With CVs it’s often less, particularly if a recruiter has hundreds of CVs in front of them, a limited time frame to get through all of them, and a ‘Yes’, pile, a ‘No’ pile and a ‘Maybe’ pile to sort them into. If your front page doesn’t catch their attention, it’s highly likely they just won’t bother turning the page to read into further detail. It’s no secret that recruiters can spend less than 6 seconds scanning a CV before deciding on whether to move on to the next one, or not. Taking this into account, we aim to get 70% of the most important information about you, and your relevance to the job you are seeking, on to the front page of your CV.
Your CV should include a clear and concise career summary, and make a statement about your personal brand. When it comes to objective statements, we suggest not including one. For starters, they went out with the ’90s. The other reason being that an objective amounts to nothing more than an “I want” statement. And the bottom-line is that an employer doesn’t really care what you want. What they DO care about is their bottom-line needs, and your resume needs to address how perfect you are for those needs. Your message needs to be clear: “Dear Employer: You’re looking for a [imagine your next job title here], and I’m the best there is. Here’s my record to prove it.”
It should highlight your key strengths and skills, specific to the role you are applying for – your USPs (unique selling proposition). Your résumé should include the results of your achievements right up front on the first page. This can really help catch the attention of the reader of your résumé.
The majority of résumés tend to be overviews of responsibilities and skills. Even when top line summaries are included they rarely do anything but point out that you have the same skills required of all candidates for the targeted position. Therefore it is critical to sell your value to the company, not just your experience. You must rapidly make it clear why they should consider you over the other similarly qualified candidates. So how does CV Saviour get around this? By focusing on outcomes, results, achievements and successes.
Achievements, Successes, Accomplishments & Results
We always write résumés to focus more on achievements and successes and outcomes over responsibilities, and make your successes quantifiable, and qualifiable with weighty facts and figures, so an employer can quickly ascertain your suitability for a position.
Wherever possible, we develop an achievements section on the front page of your document, and elaborate on these achievements. Achievements are just what recruiters need to see so they can get a quick understanding of your experience, strengths and areas of expertise. When it comes to achievements though, what recruiters are really looking for is results, and evidence or proof of those results.
Most people are great at stating their responsibilities and how they do (or did) their jobs, but don’t include the detail of what the outcome meant to the employer or the business as a whole.
Employers recruit people who can get results. And the best indicator of what you can do for your next employer is to provide evidence in your résumé of what results you have given your previous employers. It’s this detail that really interests employers. Evidence-based resumes get results.
This means that if you state you have ‘great communication skills’, a recruiter expects to see evidence of this. Include an example – give the reader the evidence in your document, of where you proved your great communication skills, and what the result of this was. This doesn’t mean just writing the headline ‘achievements’ and listing what you did underneath it!
For example: if you merely list what your job description says what you’re expected to do, a hiring manager or recruiter is going to ask, ‘so what?’ That’s what you were paid to do!
That approach tells the reader nothing about what the results you’ve obtained so far. Did you identify or resolve any problems on a specific project? Did you do it in record time? Did you overcome any obstacles? Did you save time, money, increase productivity, increase efficiency? If so, by how much? If you saved money, how were the savings used? What exactly were the results? If you can add the result to your achievements, you’re ahead of the rest. A great way to draw the result out is to ask yourself ‘so what’ after each achievement because that is what an employer of recruiter asks when they see statements on a CV that aren’t qualified or quantified.
To learn more about how to write resume achievements,
Your CV should generally be written in a reverse chronological style (although there are exceptions), and this means starting with your most recent position at the beginning, and finishing with your first job.
You also need to include education and qualifications, and other relevant information such as professional memberships, awards and honours, licences and certificates, voluntary work, and (sometimes) referees and personal interests (if they are relevant to the role you seek and add value to your as a candidate and the role you seek).
It needs to be easy to read on- and off-line, be capable of making it through electronic screening processes (Applicant Tracking Systems, or ATS), and give strong and clear examples of the results of your achievements so potential employers can see the value that you add to your role.
Small aspects like typeface can really improve the readability of a CV and the overall impression you create. At a minimum, the font used must be universal (i.e. fonts that are installed on every computer irrespective of manufacturer). Using a font that isn’t universal, risks how your neatly formatted document will appear at the recipients end if they don’t have the same font installed. Research performed by Dr Jim Bright (Professor of Career Education and Development at ACU and columnist on careers in the Sydney Morning Herald) has proved that fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, Verdana and others tend to be favoured over fonts such as Times New Roman, as they are easy to read for high volume readers.
Why Use CV Saviour?
Everyone has an opinion on what makes a great CV. The advice we provide is based on our 22 years experience as professional CV writers; as one of only 16 Certified Advanced Résumé Writers (CARW) in Australia, and following the standards of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA), Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), Career Thought Leaders (CTL), and Career Directors International (CDI), all of which our Principal is a member of, and with whom we complete annual continuing professional development (CPD). We always remind my clients that ultimately, it’s not the résumé that will get you the job, but it should present you as the best candidate for it, and as the supporting evidence of this, a laser-focused résumé will help you get called for interviews.
A great résumé should also give you the confidence to present yourself as a strong candidate for the roles you apply for.
Why Choose CV Saviour?
- The ONLY resume writing service in Australia that will test and score your resume so it WILL get ranked 80% or higher in Applicant Tracking Systems
- The ONLY resume writing company in Australia that provides you with comprehensive guidelines on how to tailor your resume for every job application, with tips on how to conduct a job search, job search strategy, how to work with recruiters, and more
- 18 years’ experience as the decision maker in the recruitment and selection of staff
- 23 years’ resume screening and candidate selection experience
- 22 years’ experience as professional CV writers
- 2 of only 16 Certified Advanced Resume Writers (CARW) in Australia on the team, 1 of whom acquired certification at Gold Pass Level – 1 of only a handful worldwide
- Australia’s 1st Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn Writer (CCELW)
If you are shopping around for a resume writer, we’d encourage you to engage a certified writer first and foremost, and ensure that what you are getting is in an ATS-friendly resume (not a highly graphic networking or an infographic resume) that is filled with evidence of your achievements, successes and the outcomes of the work you do.
It’s also important to know that resume writing is an unregulated industry, so anyone can hang their shingle and call themselves a resume writer. We always urge people to shop around – and the tips listed here may help you – http://cvsaviour.com.au/how-
We have proven track record of success. 75% of our work comes from referrals from past clients, so we think that speaks for itself. Ultimately, everyone has an opinion on what makes a great CV. You can ask 100 people for advice on your resume and you’ll get 100 different opinions.
Whomever you engage to write your documents for you, we would strongly encourage you to only engage a certified résumé writer – who will draft your documents from scratch, and detail evidence-based results throughout your document while positioning you for the jobs you want now and in the future, NOT the jobs you have had in the past.
If your documents are merely re-formatted to make them look better, and only contain a laundry list of what you have done in the past, you are NOT dealing with a professional certified résumé writer. Make sure your résumé writer is certified (with either or all of Career Directors International, Career Thought Leaders, or the Career Development Association of Australia) before engaging someone to write yours for you.
Your career (and your future income) depends on it.
Credentialed résumé writers will proudly display their certifications and professional memberships. If our writers don’t yet have their certification, they have many, many years of experience writing résumés that get interviews, and they will be studying to achieve their certification because it’s one of the minimum qualifications we require our writers to have.
Finally, unlike some other CV services, we do not lock your CV in a PDF so that you are forced to return to us to make edits in future, and therefore incur more costs. Your final CV is sent to you in Word format so that you can edit it yourself at any time, and add to it yourself at any time in the future. Of course, if you want us to manage your CV for you and update it every time you gain new skills or change jobs, we’d be delighted to. And, if you don’t have access to a printer and want printed copies posted to you, that’s no problem. Just ask. Lost the documents we created for you? No problem. We aim to please.
Please note: CV Saviour is not a resume re-formatting service. We do not just re-purpose your existing content and put it into a template to make it look better (you can engage a secretarial service for that, and you should expect to pay between $50 and $150 for that sort of service). We are professional résumé writers, who write résumés and other career marketing documents from scratch, drawn from extensive questioning of your career to date. We write résumés that rise above the rest™.