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So You Have the Right Résumé, What's Next?

Securing a new job can be a journey.

Like the pieces of a puzzle, parts need to come together to create a whole picture.

Here are a few pointers to secure work once your résumé has been written professionally.

DO | DO | DO

1. Conduct basic research about your chosen industry in the country where you live.

For example, if you plan to work as an educator or a teacher consider:

  • The curriculum - where have you worked before? Do you plan to continue working within the same curriculum?

  • Age of pupils - do you have a niche?

  • Location of school or nursery - is it near your home, will you have to travel long-distances

  • How long has the establishment been in operation? Are you aiming to start work in a new school; or one that’s been open for many years?

2. Match your skill-set and experience with the specific jobs that are on offer. Applying for any and every job will end up being a tiresome task. Be decisive in terms of what you want, even if you are just starting the application process, or desperately need an income.

3. Generic résumés are outdated (like the typewriter). One résumé or CV cannot be used for every single job. Therefore when submitting yours, amend it slightly to match the words of the job description. Keywords are helpful. Take the time to:

  1. Get hold of the job description ('JD') for the position. It's okay to call up and ask (politely), if a JD has not been advertised.

  2. As much as possible and without being overly obvious, align your resume and/or cover letter to the job description. Remember, there is little point in applying for a position if you don’t have the requisite experience or skills.

4. There are times when employers ask job seekers to follow a particular process when making applications. For example, completing an application on the employer’s website, rather than submitting a CV/résumé. Tip - comply with their requirements. The employer, in this instance, knows best.

5. The last pointer is about up-skilling. There is, more often than not, always scope to improve yourself as a professional. A hard skills course will add value to a résumé - Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word.

Alternatively, add value with soft skills - for example, a course that will improve your presentations skills. Focus on professional development that will be advantageous to your career. It’s also a good idea to receive a certification for any time spent doing a course of any kind.

There are, of course, many more ways to increase the chances of getting a new job.

For further information or to rewrite your résumé/CV, please email:-

The Boutique Résumé Writer -

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