Resumes and Cover Letters

 

FINDING A JOB: RESUME AND INTERVIEW TIPS

A great resume gives employers additional reasons to want to learn more about an applicant. Examples of how you can develop a more appealing, well-rounded resume are as follows:

·         Provide examples of management and leadership experience. Displaying your ability to take charge and manage others is a valuable skill that employers will notice.

·         Divulge memberships in professional associations. Membership in a professional association displays a loyalty to the industry and an active commitment to developing your professional abilities outside of the workplace.

·         List all of your technological capabilities. No matter what your career, knowledge of technology makes you a more valuable candidate.

·         Include a cover letter which will give you the opportunity to you express yourself in ways a resume alone can not.

·         It is imperative that you demonstrate how your knowledge can translate into things like improved operations, better productivity or increased profits, and cost savings. In other words, employers need to know how you can contribute to their bottom line.

·         In certain industries, it's important that your resume contain the industry "buzz words, in the correct context, of course, that demonstrate how well your know that industry.

·         Your resume needs to tell the story of what you've done, how you've succeeded and how you can help your next employer surpass its corporate goals!

·         You have to not only present a compelling documentation on paper of why you are the best person for the job but also how your experience has played a role in corporate results.

·         If you are trying to break into a new industry, familiarize yourself with what's "hot" now and demonstrate how those transferable skills you possess can help a company keep up its momentum.


Online resumes on CPA Source

 

To maximize results to your advantage, you should keep in mind the following steps when creating your on-line resume on CPA Source:

·         Be sure to rate your skills in areas that are relevant to the types of positions you are seeking. Employers will be looking for these skills and this will help to ensure that your resume shows up in the database of resumes that match the employer’s job posting

·         Don’t get carried away. Only rate skills that you actually have and only select your true job preferences.If you have too many different skills, an employer may question the credibility of the information provided, especially if your work experience and education don’t support the skills you have rated.Employers prefer to see a candidate that is specifically interested in the type of position they are offering.Your resume may be passed up if you indicate that you are interested in every job title, industry and work location.

·         Attach a file containing a copy of your resume. Some employers prefer this format for printing. Adobe Acrobat is a good format to use because it is more likely to preserve the format of your resume.If submitting in MS Word, you should limit formatting.

·         Simplify the text enter into open text fields. Use dashes for bullets and avoid special characters. If you copy and paste from a word document, be sure to review the formatting.

·        If you want your resume to be bilingual, be sure to enter open text fields in both French and English. Fields that you select will automatically be translated.

Consider hiring a professional

 

A well-written resume gives candidates an edge and as a result professionals are increasingly hiring a professional resume-writer. Such an investment can potentially pay off in terms of weeks or months shaved off the job hunt since response rates typically rise appreciably in terms of securing interviews.

 

Employers don't care what you do as much as how you do it and what you achieve. They are looking for well-rounded candidates who can offer a set of transferable skills in order to generate results.

 

So before the resume is even drafted on paper, the resume expert will take you through a process that will help you fine-tune your accomplishments and extract your most relevant contributions. One of the resume writer’s prime objectives is to capture the candidate’s persona on paper.

 

A typical head-hunter spends about two minutes on each resume they receive, and they may receive hundreds each week. Your resume has to get you in the door so you can work on landing that job. A well-written resume gives an edge, allowing you to sell your employment value and qualities, thus serving as your main promotional tool.