Are you ready for when your ideal job or promotion gets listed? Or do you leave it to the last minute?
I’m Kathryn Burke, and I have the privilege of leading a fabulous team of Career Consultants across Australia under the banner of Résumés for Results.
We often come across this issue when clients come to us, and they have nothing prepared to help us write their resume, a professional resume. Whether you are writing your resume or asking a resume writer for help, you need to be prepared and not reactive if you’re serious about getting that job or promotion.
Tips To Prepare For Your Resume Writing
So what can you do? Well, I’ve got three simple tips for you today. Maybe a bonus one – let’s see how we go.
Tip 1: Have A Master Resume!
I can hear you saying, “What! What is a master resume?”
A master resume is your whole career – from the first job, or maybe just the last 10 years. It depends how long you’ve been in work. It is everything that you have done – the role titles; the dates; the key things that you did in each role; and, what you’ve achieved. Then you use parts of your master resume for each job application you submit.
Tip 2: Create A Brag Book!
Create a brag book to showcase all the things that you have done in your current job and previous jobs. For example:
Write these down as they happen. Write down the situation, what tasks you did, the impact of what you did, and the result. They’re the things that are going to get you a job. And then you can pick the relevant ones for each job application that you submit.
Tip 3: Have Your Elevator Pitch Prepared!
What is an elevator pitch?
Well, an elevator pitch is your response to the question, “Why should I employ you? Joe Blow over here’s got the same skills and experiences as you. What’s the difference between you two?”
You have to have your answer set in your mind so you don’t stumble over your response when asked.
Where is the best place to include your elevator pitch? At the top of your resume (i.e. in your summary) and in your statement of claim (letter) as to why you’re the best candidate for the job.
Bonus Tip – How Do You Organise Your Resume!
Do you need help putting together a professional cover letter for your resume?
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