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    Professional resume writer

    Anyone in the business of polishing resumes and application letters? (Or can recommend someone?)

    Apart from my first job straight from school, every job since has been offered to me without having to go through applications & interviews...

    Now I'm actively looking for a career change, but my resume is extremely basic, and I'm no salesman, so I'm looking for someone to polish it and add the necessary "embellishment" for me.

    I went through this process about 15 years ago and spent money with someone who was full of his own praise but produced a complete mess which was full of mistakes... so hoping for some success stories.

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    Hey Tim

    Ive had mine done by a professional crowd which has been very successul for me.
    Mif you want to catch up I can give you a copy of mine and give you some pointers

    PM me if interested
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    I'm happy to look over a draft.
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    Forum member 'Rider' writes resumes. Did mine.

    https://www.perthstreetbikes.com/for...er.php?u=10741

    Sasha is his name.

    http://www.winwinresumes.com.au
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    Barefoot’s Advice to Jobseekers

    My ‘secret question’ technique is ruthlessly efficient: it forces you to show how you can do the job at hand.

    And that’s the secret to any job application.

    All any employer wants to know is this: “Can you do the job, or not?”

    So get to the point.

    Ask yourself: what are they actually asking for? What do they truly need done? What’s the real job here?

    And then make sure your answer (or your résumé, or interview) addresses that.

    What you want to say is: “Here’s the job. Here’s why I can do it better than anyone else. Here’s evidence of how I’ve done it in the past.” Show them, don’t tell them.

    Here’s you: “But Barefoot, I don’t have any experience.”

    Here’s me: “Well, go and get some. Freelance on the side. Volunteer. Heck — offer to do the job for free for two weeks to prove you can do it.”

    Yes, it takes a bit more elbow grease than submitting the same résumé to 56 applications on Seek.

    But if you do this, you’ll be irresistible to any employer … and you’ll be too busy getting job offers to complain about how few jobs there are.

    Tread Your Own Path!
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    ^^ has that worked for you..?^^
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    the resume or CV is a summary of your past and current activities and also of your achievements, where you have shone within your job.

    Equally important is the cover letter, as this should say why you fit this job in particular, and may address anything that the employer is looking for that;s not in sufficient detail in your CV

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    A well-written resume can be used for many jobs, just use a different cover letter each time.

    Propper speling and grammer are esential.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agrid View Post
    A well-written resume can be used for many jobs, just use a different cover letter each time.

    Propper speling and grammer are esential.
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    i kill it in interviews but suck at writing public service criteria

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubs View Post
    i kill it in interviews but suck at writing public service criteria
    If you don't satisfy the criteria you don't get the chance to show your skills at interview. Its pretty easy to game the system, if you satisfy every criteria, they have to get you in for interview.
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    yes but theres a difference between satisfying the criteria and authoring a response.
    I satisfy all the criterion for roles but struggle with the written application

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    A recruiter recently told me "we don't read cover letters"...

    I was flabbergasted...

    Have been reading resumes this morning...

    Some people need serious help...

    Yours is not the only resume they are reading, there will be a stack...

    If it's a dogs breakfast and hard to read it may get overlooked even though you have the skills required for the job...

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    6 - 18 seconds is all you have to wow them with your resume that is if its not sorted automatically.
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    At TAFE we had to submit resumes for fake jobs given to us by lecturers. Best thing to do is make a fake gumtree ad for said job, advertise with decent pay and flexible hours, pick out the best resumes you receive, change the names to your own and voila ! Professionally written for free
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    Resumes are not so important in small business ,More jobs are never advertised but are given to people who walk in and ask and present well in person , Best advise I can give is work out were you want to work research the company the smaller the better and go knock on some doors
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    I was recently chatting with an employment consultant and he was saying when they advertise for a business or commercial or economica analyst they will typically get 300-400 applicants and he showed me his email inbox and another 3 applications arrived as I watched.

    He sorts them automatically as the vast majority of those were coming from India

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    Yeah, we pay an employment consultant to sort through the frass. The consultant then rates applicants as ABCD against demonstration of the half a dozen or so criteria. We then get about six in for interview. The consultant costs about $5k which I reckon is money well-spent. They also deal with the loons who ring up to complain they were discriminated against because they ride a Kawasaki.
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    Have a summary detailing how you nail the criteria in the top third of the CV and you have a good shot of making a short list. No-one is going to read down through your history or references.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agrid View Post
    A well-written resume can be used for many jobs, just use a different cover letter each time.

    Propper speling and grammer are esential.
    I disagree with this. Yes a well written resume will go a long way, but every resume should be tailored for the job you are applying for. as should a cover letter.
    Like said above, you have 6-18sec to wow the reader so make it count! put the most important stuff first (related to job criteria), or something that stands out for the job/company.

    if you have their attention after 6 seconds, they may be tempted to either put it in the maybe pile, or continue reading. If you somehow get them to read the whole thing, then you are doing well. follow up with all the bullshit on how good you are at doing this/that/the other. just remember, too much will get them bored, too little will make them question your skills.

    if you somehow make it this far (top 20?), then they might actually look at your coverletter. sure, a lot of people dont bother with them, but why lose the opportunity to that one HR person that might actually use them as a last deciding factor...again with these, dont make them so short that you sell yourself short, but dont make them so long as to bore the reader...

    coming from 2.5 of the worst years to try and find a specific role, and countless rejections, let alone empty inboxes (they get so many applications these days they dont even bother to let you know you were rejected). I have leaned what works and what doesn't in my field.

    My 2c. start with a base resume with everything in it, then research research research! look at the job add, take out the irrelevant bullshit, reread the ad, and look between the lines, then add or delete further bullshit. then do the most important thing, give them a call, speak to the employer/HR person you are dealing with. find out what they truely want. Do they want a yes man, do they want a thinker/out-of-the-box man, what is the HR/employer chasing specifically?(tailor resume again). get your name across, that way they will be expecting your resume!...your 6 sec just jumped to 18!

    good luck! took me 2 years and over 600 applications to work this out. my list of resumes is over 100, just ask Josie.
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