Stand out from the crowd.
I have found this new resume template to be especially successful if you want to change direction from what you have been doing up till now, as it pulls out of your current job experiences things which can help you change direction into a new or different job or industry.
Below is an example of my new resume template. A very successful template for a CV or résumé. I will use the term resume from now on – apologies - without the accents as they are not compatible with the search engines – sorry.
From Hairdresser to Road Safety Officer.
I have used this method with a number of career counselling clients. One lady worked as a hairdresser but wanted to do something different however every time she applied for a job the employer just saw her as a hairdresser and looked no further.
Using my new resume template she pulled out the experiences she had within her job – such as training people with learning difficulties in simple hairdressing techniques at a local college, and training new apprentices in the salon where she worked. With her new resume in place she gained an interview for a job as a Road Safety Officer with the police and got the job.
Essentially a resume is a marketing tool. It should project an impression about you and your abilities which should interest a potential employer enough for them to want to see you. It will not secure you the job by itself - no one bought anything just by looking at the brochure!
If you are looking for a job and are over 50 it is essential that you make your resume or CV look as interesting and creative as possible. Try applying for jobs you don’t necessarily want and see how you get on. Include graphics, cartoons, a letter from your third grade teacher — anything that draws attention and makes it stand out.
How do I create it?
Writing an effective résumé is a three-stage process:
Assemble the information.
Gather as much information as you can about the job you’re applying for. Contact the organisation and ask if they have a Job Specification and Person Specification as this gives a great deal more information about the job.
What specific skills or experience are they looking for?
Try to talk with someone about the job so that you can get behind the bare facts and really understand what’s required.
Use good quality paper.
Check your spelling. It is useful to get someone else to proof read it.
The information should fit the job. You may have to revise your resume depending on the job applied for.
Then take stock and assess your own knowledge and capability. How can you present what you have done to interest the potential employer?
If sending a paper copy the layout of the template is as illustrated below. If the new resume template is being sent by email you can make the four pages run consecutively
Assume that you probably have the reader’s attention for one minute at most as they may have limited time to read a whole stack of resumes. So the quicker you can get them to the key facts the more likely they are to read your resume.
Talk in reported speech. Don’t use ‘I did.’
Use action words to start sentences. Such as organised the.., planned the…., prepared…., researched…..
Begin with main roles on page 2 followed by achievements. These should, wherever possible be measurable, such as ‘a budget of…’ ‘number of staff reporting in..’ ‘ achieved within time limit.’
Don’t be shy about ‘talking up’ your successes, but don’t sound as though you’re bragging.
Tell them how your experience will enable you to make an immediate and sustained contribution in the new job.
Use positive, forward looking language.
Review & publish.
Once you have finished the first draft put it to one side and come back to review some time later. Now give it the Four Cs test. Is your resume:
Clear - does the document clearly ‘sell’ you as a natural and ideal candidate for the job?
Complete - does the resume have all the relevant information?
Concise - is it short and snappy and likely to keep the reader’s interest?
Correct - check the details for accuracy. Do the dates all match up? Any missing time periods? If so explain what happened.
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