Working Together to Impress Hiring Managers and Recruiters with Your Resume
Regardless of your location or industry, if you are looking for a job, you are probably in a competitive job market. There may be hundreds of applicants applying for the same job as you. It can be hard to stand out when there is so much competition.
We know that the hardest part of writing a resume can be deciding where to start. It’s hard to write about yourself, and it’s even tougher to begin to walk through your career when you haven’t had to write a resume for a long time. Some of the most common questions we hear when clients come to us for a discovery call or consultation are:
- How long should the resume be?
- What font should I use?
- Which resume format (chronological, functional/skill-based or a combination) is appropriate?
- Which document format is acceptable?
The answers to these questions depend on your individual situation, and we will apply what we have learned from helping over 120 applicants since July 2016 in many different fields secure new job opportunities.
Our standard resume package includes a 60-90 minute consultation, “master” document in Microsoft Word format and two revisions for specific job opportunities.
We will also provide coaching during the consultation about how to handle situations in an interview (e.g. addressing a large employment gap on your resume).
What do Employers and Recruiters Want to See on a Resume?
While the type of information you need to have on your resume does vary some from industry to industry, employers, hiring managers and hiring managers are more likely to be impressed by quantifiable accomplishments than simply stating your work experience, education and skills. For example, a resume for an experienced accounting professional will look much different than a resume for a new graduate pursuing a career in graphic design.
Helping You Stand Out from Other Applicants
We will work with you to learn about what makes you who you are in addition to what you have accomplished. How do we do this? We will get to know you, listen to what you have to say and make your consultation as comfortable and helpful as possible. Depending on your location and availability, we will meet with you via Skype, telephone or in-person.
Using tools from the Narrative Assessment Certification, an approach to make clients comfortable sharing stories and information with us, we develop an understanding of our client’s unique skills, talents and gifts, and convey this information on your resume.
We are pleased to support clients with their job search across Canada and the United States.
How do I Write a Resume if I am Switching Careers?
If you have made the decision to pursue another type of career after working in another industry for several years, it can be hard to know how to communicate the value of your skills and experiences in a way that will resonate with an employer in a different industry.
We can help you convey your transferable skills and accomplishments to make it clear to an employer why you would be an excellent candidate, and how your experiences and skills will benefit their organization.
What Should I Include on my Resume I am a New Graduate with Very Little Work Experience?
You will to need start your resume by thinking beyond “work” in the traditional sense. Were you on clubs or sports teams in high school, college or university? Did you volunteer in your community? Did you win any awards or scholarships? Do you have letters of recommendation from internships, co-operative education placements, professors or teachers? All of this information will help you tell employers and hiring managers why you would be a fantastic addition to their organization; we can help you communicate your value clearly on your resume.
Do I Need a Cover Letter to Apply for a Job?
In most cases, yes, a well-written cover letter customized to the job posting will add value to a job application. It gives you a chance to tell (and sell) an employer why you’re an ideal candidate, and show off your communication skills. However, a poorly constructed cover letter with spelling or grammar errors can hurt your chances of an interview, even if you have an impressive resume.
If you are applying for a job through an online platform, and there is no place to include a cover letter, it is completely acceptable not to submit one with your resume.
Our standard cover letters include a “master” document in Microsoft Word format and two revisions for specific job opportunities. A cover letter may include a 60-90 minute consultation if purchased with a resume package or other service.
Do you Offer Mock Interviews to Prepare for a Job Interview?
Yes, we know how daunting it can be to prepare for an interview, especially if it’s your first interview after graduation or you haven’t had an interview in many years. Many of our clients came to us asking for this service when we started the business in 2016; we responded by conducting research and training our team with the tools they need to help others.
Using communication techniques and best practices from recruiters, employers and hiring managers, such as the STAR technique, we will meet with clients, in-person or virtually, to simulate and help them feel more confident before an interview.
We will teach you how to prepare adequately, provide questions that you may be asked during an interview, as well as techniques to structure your answers, stay calm under pressure and leave a positive impression with an employer. We will also review or help you write a follow up communication thanking your interviewer for meeting with you promptly after your interview.
Before and After Samples
During a brief interview, we can assess and evaluate your current resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and/or portfolio to create a customized approach to deliver documents that will help you meet your employment objectives. The Write Approach can quickly determine how to edit or recreate your documents that will maximize your chances of getting noticed by recruiters and hiring managers.
Used with client permission, we have three before and after samples to show you how we can take your documents to the next level.
Sample #1 – Resume
This client approached The Write Approach after searching for a professional safety opportunity for over six months. We quickly determined that this client would benefit from a different layout which focused on our client’s skills. The two column layout made the document easy to read, and placed greater emphasis on this client’s knowledge and training. Our client shared some very positive feedback from hiring managers with us.