Securing your dream position means marketing a product – you – to your target employer by using the power of your resume and shining in every interview.
Writing an Achievement-Based Resume
You only have a short window for your resume to command the attention of a potential employer, and your resume could be one of dozens being reviewed for the role you want. Many candidates create their resumes as a ‘responsibility’ based document, saying what job they did and when they did it, but the executives reviewing it will know what a VP Finance or Business Change Partner does. What they are really interested in is what you have delivered - during your current and previous roles - that is relevant to the job you are applying for. This is what will differentiate your resume from the other five candidates the hiring manager has seen that morning.
We will assist you with creating a resume designed to get you the job that you want, not just exhibit the job that you do. You will need to draft one that details the specific skills, capabilities and experience you have that make you ideal for the role. Your bespoke resume will also describe relevant tangible accomplishments, explaining what you achieved, over what timescales and how that benefitted your employer.
If your highly targeted resume has won you the interview, your next challenge will be to demonstrate that you have the capabilities for the role, and have performed the same or similar tasks in your current and previous role. As with your resume, your preparation for a competency-based interview will require you to think about your achievements and be able to relate what tangible results you delivered, and how they may benefit your prospective employer.
During a competency-based interview, the employer will ask you what skills and experience you have, and where you have exhibited or used them to deliver benefits to the business you currently work for, and examples from previous employers. We have a guide to competency-based interviews, and your consultant will hold an interview preparation telephone call or meeting with you to ensure you are fully prepared.