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Resumes

Well-written resumes are your doorway to an interview. Don’t miss an opportunity to get the job you want! Your resume must reflect your achievements and potential contribution in a positive way. You need it to get past the gatekeeper and get them interested enough to invite you to an interview.

The ‘Gatekeeper’ Has Power!

The main goal of your résumé is get you an interview. The ‘gatekeeper’ (the person who goes through the resumes initially) will recommend a number of applications. Then it often happens that someone else will look at the résumés of those still being considered and will choose those he or she thinks should be interviewed.

In larger companies the ‘gatekeeper’ is often scanning software that is looking for keywords (included in the position description).  The problem is that the computer can reject your application for reasons other than its content.  Keep your layout simple to avoid this problem.  Never use online templates for resumes.

Your Marketing Campaign

Your resume and cover letter (and sometimes your LinkedIn profile) are your entire marketing campaign! You are judged by the way you have presented yourself. Unless someone has recommended you, your chance of having an interview is not based on how nice you are as a person or even how good you are in your work role.

The length of an ideal résumé differs between countries.  In some countries one page is appropriate whilst in Australia a résumé is usually two to three pages.

Your resume needs to show you to the best possible advantage, so use the keywords the recruiter or company is looking for and outline your achievements clearly.

Read our blog posts for job search help.

Read our many blog posts about how to write a good resume.  Even resumes go through different trends. Don’t submit a resume that gives the impression you are old and out of date. Find out how best to shine the light on what you have to offer.

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Mastering The Job Search Process

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / June 30, 2019

To master the job search process you need to understand how it has changed over the years. In the last two decades job seeking has changed.  Competition for every role […]

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The 15 Most Deadly Resume Mistakes to Avoid

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / August 13, 2017

What resume mistakes should you avoid doing? One of the most frequent question I receive is about resumes. More specifically, how to write a winning resume and what mistakes to […]

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4 Tips to Prepare For Your Most Effective Job Interview

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / June 27, 2017

It is so very important now, more than ever, to have yourself well-prepared for an interview. Here are some tips on how to prepare for job interview to help you […]

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Career Portfolios – What it is and How it Can Help Land Jobs

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / May 31, 2017

Why do you need a career portfolio? A career portfolio provides prospective employers with a tangible sample of accomplishments acquired across an individual’s employment life. Presenting a well prepared portfolio […]

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6 FAQs and a Sample Template for Your Resume Reference Page

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / May 5, 2017

It’s important to write a strong resume reference page, and to learn how to manage your references with ease. References on resume will ensure that you get what you need […]

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7 Outdated Myths That Will Kill Your Career Change Before You Start

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / May 4, 2017

If you’re a career-changing Baby Boomer, you may feel like you’ve gotten lost with Dorothy in Oz. You’ve achieved success in your career. You’ve built skills and a strong work […]

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