Professional Resume: 3 Commandments of Great Resume Writing
Last updated on August 18th, 2017 at 07:21 pm
A professional resume fights for you and overcomes the first hurdle towards your dream job.
We cover everything resume writing. From how to make a resume that carries information that sells you best even with minimal job experience. To how to make best use of free resume templates and resume builders when working on a budget. And what to expect and demand from professional resume writers when engaging professional resume writing services.
Here, we detail and clarify the mindset needed during resume writing whether you are engaging professional resume writers, utilizing resume builders or going for the traditional DIY approach through modification of resume templates.
How to make a great professional resume: The three commandments
When out job searching, the job interview part always seems the most dreadful. It understandably feels so given the gazillion, or so it seems, decisions to me made. From what attire to wear, how to wear your hair, how much makeup to apply and even if your favorite ties is too attention grabbing for the occasion. Then you have to be in the right frame of mind to respond to the interviewers’ questions on cue.
Essentially hacking a job interview requires one to be ready to audition much like a performance artist regardless of whether the rules of the interview favor your personality type. On the contrary, the resume writing and sending part of applying for a job is a no rainier. I mean, all you have to do is get the address right and mail it in time. As a result, the resume part feels and encourages one to be disengaged. More so when utilizing professional resume writing services.
As a result, we tend to be passive when writing a resume whilst at the very minimum, we should be passive aggressive. A great CV cuts to the chase while delivering needed information in detail.
My background is in health and will therefore tend to pepper this post with examples from my decade long journey from nursing to management positions in public health. Nonetheless, as a I’ve had the privilege of interviewing candidates for both nursing career jobs and other health related and support professions. I therefore humbly submit that these three commandments of resume writing will yield a professional resume that will serve you well regardless.
1. The first commandment of great resume writing: Please include everything !
I mean every little detail of your professional life that you wish your employer to know about. For professional and technical fields, listing your student and/or internship log of skills learned and practiced is paramount. For instance, the Bsc in Nursing program in Kenya requires one to demonstrate proficiency in a log of procedures and competencies enumerated by the Nursing Council of Kenya’s logbook.
Whilst it might not be prudent to list the whole log, highlighting thematic areas adds juice turning your resume into a professional resume. The best way to execute this is to google up the professional resume of an accomplished surgeon. You’ll notice that they wouldn’t exactly shy away from the jargon. Neither will they get lost in it. The end result is that you’d know not only the what, where and when, but also their skills set.
A strategy I used when first starting out is that I documented in sufficient detail at least one professional experience in every step of my career. For each educational milestone, put emphasis on the unique and relevant experiences for the position you are applying for.
Have you ever noticed how performance artists (musicians, actors etc) or a successful entrepreneur talk about themselves?
How they harp on every little detail like singing in the choir at 10 or writing their first song at 3 or even selling sweets to peers at 5 as their first performance or entrepreneurship venture ?
Or how granular LinkedIn gets in the skills section allowing for listing of ‘obvious’ skills like Microsoft Word proficiency?
2. Second commandment of great resume writing : Never have only one professional resume
In our take on hacking any supplementary exam that was premised on my experience partaking nursing examinations, we emphasized on the need to master the art of satisfying examiners. This skill comes in handy in satisfying this commandment in resume writing that yields a job clinching professional resume.
This commandment illustrates why as a job seeker, it is important for you to research and maintain some sort of list of jobs you might be interested in. As I had shared in Finding Degree Nursing jobs in Kenya: 3 Tips from tens of interviews & hundreds of interviewees, the Plan-Do-Study- Act approach to job seeking will not only narrow your focus but allow you to employ your minimal job seeking resources to maximum effect.
Take the example of career in health where there many distinct types of jobs which require similar competencies yet the details of each can easily disqualify a competent candidate if they don’t present themselves well. For instance, a career in nursing can be either in academia/research, bedside nursing, medical entrepreneurship or health leadership, administration and management.
3. The third commandment of great resume writing: professional resume writing services
Beware, that some of the online professional resume writing services are not professional. But rather a faceless cabal of con artists who employ a range of tricks from blatant copy pasting of generic text available online, to plagiarism of resume templates and simple automation of resume writing using resume builders.
The only rule that tells the real deal from the garbage of professional resume writing services is the level of reflexive engagement. How much does the service consult with you? How well to the sell you given the requirements of commandment one (information) and commandment two (niche targeting) above? As you reflect on these two questions, kindly remember not to confuse style with substance.
For a marginal fee, your CV can get the touch of a professional who rewrites and formats it. Most professional resume writers work with human resource consultants with wealth of knowledge on what employers want to see in a CV and cover letter. A good professional resume writing service is like a good advertising agency. They market you by crafting the best sales pitch- your resume .
A few pointers here: Rewriting of a CV and a cover letter differ in rates charged. Secondly, professional resume writing companies will often need a turn around time of up to a week.