We’re often asked by clients about how to write a resume. It’s a great question, but there’s a lot more to getting a job than a great resume.
And just because you have a great resume, doesn’t guarantee you’ll even get a job interview (if anyone who writes your resume for you tells you that, you’d want to sure to ask how on earth they can guarantee that!)
We’ve been working with an increasing number of clients lately who’ve paid good money to get their resume’s written, and not just once, but twice and sometimes three times, when they’ve not had any success getting a job (or any job interviews, for that matter), and then they continue to shop around from the ‘best’ resume writer. And then armed with what seem to be great career documents, they set about on a fruitless job search. And after months and months searching for jobs, and applying for hundreds of roles, the only things they’ve gained is a sense of failure, after spending hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in getting documents they believed when get them a job.
That’s when they come to us. Sure, some have great looking documents – many of which would pass a gatekeeper screener, but when we’ve taken a deeper look at them, we’ve found 3 common flaws. If you want to learn how to write a resume, it would pay to take note of the following:
1) A fabulous looking resume is not going to get you a job. An amazing resume should get you a call-back from a recruiter at least, an interview at best. Your resume should provide the supporting evidence of what you have achieved in your career to date.
2) If your resume doesn’t contain any supporting evidence of what you have achieved for the organisations you have worked for, or does not include facts and figures (evidence) of the outcomes on the organisation, you’re unlikely to be shortlisted. Responsibilities alone on a resume is not enough. Turning up for work each day isn’t enough either. That’s what you are paid to do! BUT if you can provide evidence of what you have achieved for your employer, you’ll increase your chances of making the shortlist.