The U.S. unemployment rate has recently jumped to a 14-year high. At the same time, we are being told to prepare for a long, drawn-out recession. If you are currently in the job market or expect that you may be in the not-too-distant future, you are certainly aware that the job market is fierce. But even in the fiercest of job markets, hiring continues. The challenge, of course, is to get YOUR phone ringing and to get YOU in the door to interview for these positions.
Now, more than ever, you MUST find a way to stand out and to break ranks with all the other candidates in the hiring line. Your resume–your first introduction to those with the power to hire you–doesn’t merely have to be good, it has to be incredible.
Professional resume writers work with thousands of job seekers, each one an individual, yet all with one thing in common: they need a resume that will make them stand out from their competition, promoting themselves as THE best solution to an employer’s needs.
While every single one of these job seekers is unique, professional writers know the secrets to creating attention-getting and job-winning resumes that get results even in the most competitive of job markets.
How do they do it? The truth is that the best resume solution and strategy is often as unique as the individual client. But, to develop those solutions, there are seven steps that the best professional resume writers carefully think through prior to tackling any new resume writing project for a client.
As you work on developing or refining your own resume — as you try to come up with ways to transform your background into a job-winning resume — it may be helpful for you to work through the same seven steps.
Step #1 – Know your goal
What is your current career goal? What profession? What industry? What professional level? Knowing your objective and your goals for a job search is the foundation of not just your resume, but of your entire job search.
Unless you know where you are going, you will have no idea what the focus of your resume must be and you won’t have a clue how to begin writing it. Don’t expect a busy employer to figure it out for you.
Your resume must have a precise focus and it must convey that focus in five seconds or less. If it doesn’t, it will be discarded. It is that simple. Every word and element of your resume must support your focus.
Step #2 – Know your audience
Now that you know your goal, you are in a position to begin thinking about the recipients of your resume. What are the expectations and requirements of a candidate for the job you are targeting? What are the problems that a person in your ideal position is likely to be faced with? In what way will the company profit from having an exceptional performer in the position you are targeting?
Remember that the person doing the hiring has problems that they are hoping their new-hire will solve. What are those problems? Do they need to increase sales? Reduce costs? Increase productivity? Improve efficiency? If you clearly identify the problems of your target audience, you can construct an entire resume focused on how you are the ideal candidate to solve them.