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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 Don’t submit a resume that gives the impression you are old and out of date.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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How to Write a Good Resume with Content That Grabs Attention and Builds Interest

How to Write a Good Resume That Grabs Attention

By Jenni Proctor / August 3, 2019

  When you write a good resume you need to achieve two purposes. It must get past the gatekeeper and It must get you an interview. Learn how to write […]

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Executive Job Search? You'll Need More Than a Resume

Executive Job Search? You’ll Need More Than a Resume

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / July 25, 2019

Tips for Doing an Executive Job Search   It might intrigue you to learn that you’ll be judged by more than just your resume during your executive job search. A […]

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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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Are Paper Resumes Dead?

Are Paper Resumes Dead?

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / September 2, 2018

Today’s world is basically run via e-mail, text messaging and instant messenger. The advancement in such technologies has turned things that were traditionally printed on paper, like resumes, into digital […]

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7 Suggestions to Creating a Resume That Will Get Recognized Electronically

7 Suggestions to Creating an Electronic Resume Gets Recognized

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / August 4, 2018

Now a day, resumes aren’t first viewed by the secretary of the hiring manager or the HR rep. In all actuality, they may not even be viewed by a person […]

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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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