Erin Kennedy MCD CMRW CPRW BS/HR is a Certified Professional & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant and President of Professional Resume Services Inc. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 12 best-selling career books. She has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award. Erin has written thousands of resumes for executives and professionals.
Always include a cover letter The cover letter is your time to highlight your skills and sell yourself as well as your resume to the recruiter. Make sure to use power statements and highlight your best qualities to get their attention. Your cover letter should address all the requirements for the position and explain why youre the best person for the job.
Focusing on what you have accomplished will help to set you apart from your peers. You should highlight the value youve brought to companies and the success that they have seen while you are there. Companies are looking for game-changers they want 5 star recruits not 2 star players who are not up to the challenge. You have to make yourself into a 5-star recruit you cannot rest on your laurels and hope for the best. Spotlighting your success will show potential employers that you are capable of outperforming your peers.
There used to be a day when you could create one generic resume and then blast it to a wide range of jobs you were interested in applying to. Even if you are using a resume service this practice of blasting is generally frowned upon. HR professionals are inundated with resumes and they want to see that applicants have read the ad and are responding directly to it. One-for-all type of resumes are easily spotted and are generally discounted by HR. So work with a resume service to see how you can best tailor yours for each job you are applying to.
If you are currently in the market for a new job having a stellar CV is a must. And while the wording and style you use to write resumes is key you must also have the right format. Some people choose professional resume writing services to get an edge but if you are looking to do it yourself you must have the right presentation to even be a contender.