The days of typing up a resume and using it over and over again are well and truly gone. The job market at every level is becoming more and more competitive. Presenting yourself in the best light possible is crucial to the success of getting to interview stage. When there are dozens, if not hundreds, of applicants for each position, the resumes of those that make it to interview stage are the ones that stand out from the crowd.
To write your own resume, or any other job search document, you need to be 100% clear about your skills, great at writing and a self-marketer. You need to thoroughly research what skills, experience and qualities potential recruiters are looking for (and the keywords that will either appeal or create red flags). If you said yes to all this and you’re applying for the same type of job that you have now or in the past, then it is possible that you can write your own effective resume.
You may have a well-written, professional resume and managed to impress the recruiter during the interview, but what do you do if you have bad references? What your references say about you is often the deciding factor in whether or not you’ll be offered the position.
Whilst having a professional resume is essential, it is also fast becoming as important to have a personal landing page. One will never be more essential than the other but they will both complement each other and cater for the employer who wants quick results when searching for a new employee.
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