#HelpingYouWork - CV's and Resumés

#HelpingYouWork - CV's and Resumés

By Judith Griessel - There are ways to compile your CV or professional profile that will make it more successful than others, especially with online applications. The experts tell us how.

Kirsty Bonner: What to avoid on your CV to pass ATS in online applications

Want your RESUME to pass ATS*? Then AVOID the following: 1. Graphics 2. Icons 3. Symbols 4. Text boxes 5. Tables 6. Graphs 7. Underlines 8. Horizontal lines 9. Long vertical lines 10. Side panels 11. Dark colours 12. Italics 13. Quotation marks 14. Hyperlinks 15. Photos 16. Font size less than 11 points In short: stick to keyboard characters, basic punctuation and tiny round, black bullet points. ATS differs across regions. The list above will make your resume “safe” in ALL regions. If in doubt, leave it out! Don’t forget to keyword each individual application using Tagcrowd (.com) etc. When it comes to resumes and online applications, boring is the new “sexy!” *ATS= Applicant Tracking System

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Kirsty Bonner: DON’T speak in an INTERVIEW! Unless……

You follow this non-verbal “language:” 1. Dress appropriately. 2. Walk in tall and straight. 3. Firm (but not crushing) handshake. 4. Smile. 5. Eye contact. 6. Sit back in the chair, upright; don’t slouch. 7. Relax shoulders. 8. Feet on the ground, or cross legs comfortably. 9. Lean in slightly when listening and nod to emphasize interest. 10. Articulate with hand gestures to avoid fidgeting. 11. Keep palms upright; shows openness and honesty. 12. Non-defensive postures. Eg. Don’t fold arms in front of chest. 13. Mirror the body language of the interviewer. Appearance and body language are key factors in interviews, and body language can often be “louder” than words. And always remember to BREATHE!

Kirsty Bonner: Need a COVER EMAIL you can tailor?

Dear , I am writing in regard to your job opening of . As a candidate with extensive experience in , I am highly skilled in . My solid background in has allowed me to manage teams with exceptional performance. The opportunity to join greatly interests me because . As a holder of I can competently execute . I believe that I would make a valuable asset to your team and I offer my resume for your review. As per my professional summary, my qualities and experience make me highly suitable for the role of . I am highly regarded for . I am proficient in . Throughout my career, I have demonstrated the highest levels of service and commitment to the mission of any organization I have worked for. . Thus, if you are looking for an organized you are welcome to contact me to arrange an interview. I am eager to learn more about how your organization can benefit from my contribution. I thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from y

Kirsty Bonner: Want to get HIRED via online applications?

Then best to avoid the following in your resume.... 1. Horizontal lines. 2. Vertical lines. 3. Text boxes. 4. Tables. 5. Graphs. 6. Graphics. 7. Symbols (also ®️ as in PRINCE2 8. Icons 9. Italics 10. Photos 11. “” 12. White font on dark background. 13. Multi-colours. 14. Mixed font. 15. Hyperlinks. 16. Underlines. 17. Font size that is smaller than 11 pts. Safe (but ugly!) fonts are Times New Roman and Arial. Submit online in Word docx. or pdf. as specified. If in doubt submit Word. There are numerous ATS algorithms used by online job portals. Avoiding 1-17 will clear you through ALL systems and ANY regions. Some algorithms are “stricter” than others, so play it safe. Remember that formatting represents just one part of ATS. Resumes must be tailored with relevant keywords from the job description for each individual application. Don’t blow your chances of an interview because of a silly formatting issue. Save the “sexy” resumes for email applications!

Kirsty Bonner: Want to know how to write your LINKEDIN SUMMARY as a Job Seeker?

1. It must contain at least 40 words to show up in searches. 2. It should be a digital representation of your story. 3. It should outline who you are, what you are looking for, and why you are uniquely suited to that role. 4. It should contain Job Description keywords, not buzzwords. 5. It should bullet point your hard skills and transferable skills. 6. It should bullet point any major achievements. 7. Unlike your resume it can be written in the first person, “I.” 8. The first approx. 300 characters of your summary will show up beneath your summary, so make it punchy, but professional, so people want to read more. 9. It is not a copy/paste of your resume. Your LinkedIn Profile is your ultimate first impression ahead of your resume. If there is nothing in your summary, you will NOT be picked up in recruiter/HR searches. Take the time to invest in yourself and your future. If you can’t write it yourself, hire a pro. If you want to be hireable, it’s up to YOU to make yourself desirable!

Kirsty Bonner: Want to know how to ENHANCE your Resume?

Showcase these TRANSFERABLE skills in the Core Competencies and Achievements section, by stating “why” you have these skills and “what” you have achieved with them in your career, to date: 1. Adaptability 2. Collaboration 3. Compliance 4. Communication 5. Conflict management 6. Creativity and Innovation 7. Decisiveness 8. Delegation 9. Emotional Intelligence 10. External awareness 11. Flexibility 12. Independence 13. Influencing 14. Integrity 15. Leadership and management 16. Leveraging diversity 17. Negotiation 18. Organisational awareness 19. Persuasion 20. Problem-solving 21. Project management 22. Relationship Building 23. Resilience and tenacity 24. Risk-taking 25. Team work 26. Time management EVERYBODY has these transferable/soft skills to varying degrees. EVERYBODY should highlight them in their resume and in interviews, but especially career changers, those with extended employment gaps, and people transitioning from the military to the corporate sector. Competency-based/behavioural interview questions are testing for these particular skills. So if you have them.... FLAUNT them!

Kirsty Bonner: Want to know how long a RESUME should be?

2 pages. UNLESS: 1. You are a current student or recent graduate = 1 page. 2. You have less than 7 years of relevant experience = 1 page. 3. You are C-Suite = up to 3 pages. 4. You are in Legal, Medical, Military, Law Enforcement or other fields which require detailing of cases = 3 to 4 pages. What is ESSENTIAL is that your major hard skills, transferable skills and achievements are clearly highlighted beneath your Professional Summary on the first page. If the first page of your Resume isn’t ‘gripping’ nobody will want to find out more. You will tell me in the comments that recruiters are ‘too busy’ to read anything over 1 page long. Then I suggest those recruiters start hiring! Plenty of unemployed people to choose from right now. Right?! You will tell me that some regions want a ‘visual’ Resume. That’s fine, as long as it doesn’t look like a Jackson Pollock! Take pride in the presentation of your Resume. Spell check it, proofread it and then have somebody proofread it for you. Your Resume is ultimately your ‘passport’ to your next dream role, and should, therefore, never be out of date!

ATS Screening Strategy: How to Earn the Interview - #ProjectHelpYouGrow

Too many people are struggling to get an interview, because they are getting screened out by a company’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS).  My mission with #ProjectHelpYouGrow is to help connect job seekers to recruiters and employers who have job openings that they need to fill.  To be certain the bridge is not just to get […]

Kirsty Bonner: 6 paragraphs of a Cover Letter/Cover Email

: 1. Name the position you are applying for and how it came to your attention. 2. State why you are interested in the role, and the company, what your current or previous position was, and a bit of detail about “who” you are (personal attributes). 3. Cross-reference your Core Competencies and Achievements to the job requirements. If career-changing emphasize your transferable skills, using C.A.R.* 4. BRIEF summary of your strengths that make you very suitable for the role. 5. State if you are available for travel, overtime and weekend work, if applicable. 6. Thank the reader for their time and consideration, that you look forward to hearing from them, and make sure all your contact details are present. Cover letters/emails are NOT redundant, if you are bypassing ATS, and Recruiters. If you are transitioning career, have a significant employment gap, are of a “certain” age, or not an obvious fit for a role, this is the way to get your case heard! Cover letters are NOT a summary of your CV/Resume! You want to get hired? Then make yourself desired!


Kirsty Bonner gives an example of how to write your CV so that it is ATS compliant and not "screened' out by software when applying online

Kirsty Bonner: 12 DONT’S of CV/Resume writing:

1. Don’t write in the first person ‘I.’ 2. Don’t write hard and transferable skills in the past tense. 3. Don’t use more than two fonts. 4. Don’t submit online uploads in pdf. 5. Don’t use more than four lines per bullet point. 6. Don’t include anything that may be used to discriminate against you. 7. Don’t use jargon or clichés. 8. Don’t use an objective statement. It’s called a Professional Summary, even for Freshers and recent Graduates. 9. Don’t include personal identifiers. 10.Don’t write “References on Request” or include reference details. 11.Don’t include ATS formatting violations. 12.Don’t forget to spell check, Grammarly, proofread, and have somebody review it. Most importantly, don’t ramble! It’s a SUMMARY, not a saga. If you are not skilled at “selling” yourself on paper, hire a reputable CV/Resume writer to do it for you. If you have amazing skills, qualifications and experience, be sure to SHOWCASE them!