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A Resume That Increases Your Chances

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Are you applying? Remember that the person evaluating your application can probably spend very little time on this. And that your letter is often only read when your resume is already in the 'interesting' pile. It is therefore important that your resume sell you!

In this blog I will give you some useful tips to ensure that your chances of being invited to conversations increase.

Let's start from the beginning. What does the resume you have now look like? Is your resume a summary of what you have done or a representation of your unique added value for the organization where you are applying? The first shows what you were 'worth' in the past. The second provides a link to what you take with you in the position you are applying for. That is an important difference. Your resume must be focused on the work that you want to do.

A RESUME THAT SELLS YOU ...

... makes visible what your contribution to the organization can be. What is your unique added value? What are you bringing? In your resume, recruiters are mainly looking for who you are and what you do. Your most recent behavior is the best predictor of the behavior that you will probably show in the future - if you work for the organization. Go beyond all kinds of general descriptions that every other applicant might have in his resume. It's about showing what YOU can add specifically to the organization.

THAT'S HOW YOU DO THAT:

Start by seriously assessing whether you are the suitable candidate for this position. That may sound silly, but it's the basis for successful job applications. Make sure you know your qualities and added value, recognize them and can give examples that you your unique contribution. Only when you can sincerely convince yourself that this job suits you will you be able to make this clear to someone else.

Choose a job title that covers the load of your work. You don't have to use the official job title from your contract.

Describe your responsibilities and tasks and make them as tangible as possible. Express your tasks and responsibilities in numbers where possible. This makes the difference between you and the other applicants. For example: manager for a team of 10 FTEs, responsible for a turnover of 2 million, HR director for 7 European countries etc.

Describe your most important results. What exactly have you achieved in this position? What changes have you made? Which processes have you improved, what initiatives have you taken? The following also applies here: where possible, make your contribution more tangible by using figures. For example: a new complaints management system has been introduced, which has reduced the number of complaints submitted by 60%, etc.

Present yourself as the solution to a problem. Study the organization and the task that lies ahead for you in the position you are applying for. See the emergence of the vacancy as follows: the organization has a problem to solve for which someone is being sought. This creates the vacancy. Define the problem of the organization as specific as possible and show in the description of yourself and your results that you can solve this problem perfectly.

Include a short profile of yourself in your resume.You put this after your personal details and before the descriptions of your work experience. Briefly mention a number of personal characteristics, qualities and your specialism, focused on the work you want to do. This is in my opinion a super short and striking summary of what you would put in your letter. (although in your letter your motivation for applying for this position is also mentioned!). With this profile at the top of your resume, your resume becomes a document that has much more value if it's forwarded separately to others, without a letter. You can now also use it better during network conversations to present yourself.

The most important success factor when applying for a job is that you are looking for work that really suits you: your qualities and specially your ambitions.

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