#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: 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!

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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!