Professional Resume Made Personal

professional resumeIf you were to ask ten professional resume writers the top five tips for preparing a resume you can almost guarantee that staying professional and removing personal information would be in each one.  The primary focus of your resume is to demonstrate your capability and skill matched to the expectations of a specific position or career direction.  However there is little doubt that the current job market is tight and competition can be fierce.  When a potential employer is faced with a large number of applicants with similar experience and qualifications there needs to be a point of difference that makes you stand out.  The answer can be in the impression an employer gains about you as an individual and person.  Common statements by employers indicate they can teach computer skills or internal systems however attitude, professionalism and loyalty are more difficult attributes to come by.

How can you put forward your resume to an employer that indicates how you can become part of the team and add value to the delivery of services?

An employer is not looking for personal information such as date of birth, marital status, gender or family life.  The attributes and qualities that an employer searches resumes for in this situation includes teamwork, honesty, integrity, customer service, initiative and achievements.  These buzzwords are easy to list however more difficult to demonstrate in a resume.  Here are a few tips for demonstrating the personal attributes you bring to a position within your resume.

1. Personal Qualities

At the beginning of your resume it is important to put forward transferable skills or summary of capability.  In short, sharp bullet points you demonstrate to employers the technical and practical skills your offer their organisation.  Included in this section should be a brief personal statement on the qualities you possess.  This could include statements such as an ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, capacity to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures, proven initiative and motivation and a willingness to undertake training.  These kinds of statements indicate to an employer the personal qualities you possess.  However, it is essential to back the statements up with evidence throughout the rest of your resume.  Create links and reference in professional development and employment history to verify the statements.

2. Professional Development

It would be okay to generalise and state that employers value training and professional development.  Listing certificates, internal courses, conferences and licenses or tickets indicates the number of attributes to an employer.  Aside from the technical knowledge gained from the completion of courses it also indicates a willingness to undertake training, commitment to learning and initiative.  For this reason it is possible to include certificates or courses that may not be directly relevant to the position you are applying for.

3. Duty Statements

The majority of people know the importance of practical, relevant and succinct duty statements to explain your responsibilities for each position.  In the duty statements search for tasks you undertake that may also indicate how you conduct yourself within the workplace.  This could be contributing to meetings, leading professional development, working as part of a roster, researching topics and presenting information to other team members or undertaking additional duties to support other staff during peak periods.

4. Achievements

Search for achievements.  Identify projects, new initiatives or changes you have led in the workplace and document these in a section directly beneath each set of duty statements.  This could be the development of a policy and procedure manual, achievement of key performance indicators, successful completion of internal or external audits or development of checklists and templates.  Achievements do not have to be monetary and can simply be a way that you have improved the workplace.

5. Acting and Relief Positions

Have you taken on additional responsibility within the workplace?  This could be acting roles positions in higher roles or even taking on additional duties to support the team during periods of low staff.  You can set out the position titles and duty statements exactly the same as a permanent position.  Taking on acting and relief positions indicates a high level of initiative and motivation along with a willingness to go beyond expectations to support the team.

Just like any other part of your resume including the above points and information creates an impression.  When competing in a job market that is flooded with people possessing similar skills and qualities using techniques to make your resume stand out and indicate personal qualities without compromising a professional presentation is important.

Best of luck with your application.

John Matthews

You can download a full list of tips and get other useful information from The Writing Wizards website

John Matthews

The Writing Wizards has more than 10 years experience in providing direct assistance, coaching and preparation of professional material for jobseekers.This includes a comprehensive approach to preparing professional resumes, Government applications and interview coaching.With a background in Government and a successful record in achieving results for clients, John Matthews continues to demonstrate an intimate knowledge of the job market and processes.

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