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Save your Resume from Delete

Do you find yourself saying "I know I can do this job, if only they knew me?

Does your resume stand out? If not it will most likely be a victim of the delete button.

Ask yourself if it answers these two important questions:

1. Does it address the selection criteria outlined in the job ad?

Don't have a "one size fits all" approach to your resume. When getting started in your job search prepare one resume to save as your template. As you apply for a specific job you should do a "Save As" on this template and develop it further to ensure it addresses each of the specific skills and experience asked for in the job ad.

Don't fall into the trap of making your resume a series of job descriptions including every duty you have ever performed.

When employers are receiving large numbers of resumes they don't have the time to look at anyone who doesn't demonstrate how they meet the selection criteria. You may apply for several different types of roles and so should end up with a bank of resumes that are concise and highlight your claim to each individual role as well as a bank of Selection Criteria responses.

Also be honest with yourself. With many people looking for jobs at present you are simply wasting your time if you are applying for jobs that don't match your skills, knowledge and experience.

2. Does it highlight your achievements?

When addressing the selection criteria you need to keep in mind that chances are there are many people out there who have the same foundation of skills and experience as you. However they are not you!

The best way of demonstrating who you are in your resume is to provide good examples of how you have used your skills to exceed expectations and achieve for your past employers.

An achievement doesn't have to be spectacular but must be applicable to your role. For example, as a Travel Consultant you converted an enquiry into an $80,000 european booking or you secured a group booking one year and they were so thrilled with your service and professionalism they continue to book with you each year.

It is even better if these achievements are relevant to the role you are applying for. Remember your achievements are unique to you.

Warning: Your resume should be an honest representation of you, don't be tempted to make up any skills, experience or achievements. They must be real or they will come back to bite you when reference checks are carried out with your past employers.

A resume that is written concisely and addresses the selection criteria with good examples of achievements will stand out and increase your chances of being invited for an interview.

Note: If you are not confident in writing your own resume have it professionally prepared for you. Look at it as a worthwhile investment in your career. However be sure to give it your individual twist. You don't want it to look exactly the same as every other professionally done resume in the pile.

If you would like professional assistance with your resume please jobs [at] inplacerecruitment [dot] com [dot] au (subject: Resume services) (contact us).