5 ways a professional CV writer helps get you hired in a Covid-19 job market
5 ways a professional CV writer helps get you hired in a challenging Covid-19 job market
If you are one of the million (and counting) New Zealanders & Australians who have applied for a benefit since March 2020, you will know all too well the stress and challenges that come with job hunting in the midst of a global pandemic.
Who is hiring? How do I make my CV stand out and get recognised? How do I address gaps in employment or lay-offs?
These are questions we hear on a daily basis from clients who have not been on the job market in a long time.
Maybe you're a pro at writing, but simply don't know how to navigate the unusual and challenging situation you have been handed in 2020.
Whatever your unique circumstances, now more than ever, having a PARW/CC member help you in your job search will set you up for success.
#1 Gain a Competitive Advantage (ahead of potentially hundreds or thousands of other applicants)
How do you stand out in a sea of applicants?
It’s tough these days. So many talented people are entering the job market, looking for many of the same positions and companies who are hiring.
As professional CV writers and recruiters, we know what potential employers are looking for and how applications are processed through their Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Our dedicated team will work to give you that competitive edge through a personalised approach to updating your CV.
When you work with us, we will write (or re-write) and design your CV in collaboration with you, so you can shine above the rest!
How do we do that? We can help by highlighting your strengths and;
- If needed, create multiple CV versions to suit a range of job opportunities
- Provide you with a personalised cover letter template to resonate with their reader
- Build-in keywords, so applicant tracking systems (ATS) select you first
- Ensure your updated CV reads smarter, looks sharper, provides value and shows how you will add value to your new employer
#2 Answer that age-old question, “Why should they pick me for the job?”
- “Do I have any value to provide an employer?”
- “How can I present that value on my CV?”
- “How does the employer understand the value I offer?”
A professional CV writer can help you articulate the value YOU offer an employer. We will ask targeted questions and create a personalized CV for your dream job that incorporates the strengths that separate you from the pack.
Together we will be able to determine the return on investment (ROI) you deliver to a new employer - and answer these critical questions:
- What are your unique skills?
- How much value can you bring to the organisation?
- Why are you the right person for the job?
- How do your previous successes set you up to be the right candidate for this job?
These questions will help craft the perfect CV for your dream job, so it’s clear why you are the most qualified and talented candidate.
Remember: A jack-of-all-trades style CV is not beneficial to an employer or recruiter. It does not provide any unique value to answer why YOU are the perfect candidate.
#3 Personalised tools and resources to make your job search easy!
First impressions are everything! Have you been using a generic Microsoft Word CV template? If so, you probably look like the rest of the CVs a hiring manager or recruiter sees day-in and day-out.
A professional CV writer will provide you with CV(s) (yes in some cases you will need more than one - CVs are no longer one-size-fits-all) to make sure you stand out from the crowd and bring your own unique shine!
Your personalised CV could include things like:
- Create a professional summary / profile statement
- Use of colour and accents
- Key achievements and highlights from previous roles
- Skills (including your transferable skills in a disrupted job market)
- Social media profiles
- Links to Certifications & Awards
- Headshot (where recommended)
- Assistance with your Linkedin Profile
Are you using any of these, or all of them already?
We can work with you to craft the perfect combination for your CV and a cover letter template - so when you find that ideal job - you have everything at your fingertips to apply with confidence!
#4 See yourself in the best light and gain confidence!
It’s not uncommon for job seekers to struggle with frustration or even lowness (e.g., if they receive a “rejection” letter) in the job search process. During this pandemic, a job search can seem to amplify the uncertainty.
That is why a professional CV is the perfect addition to your toolbox of career searching tools. During our CV writing process, you'll gain more confidence as we uncover all the strengths and skills you have to offer a potential employer.
You will be able to better articulate your value and therefore, interview better and ask better questions. A professional CV will positively position you, despite potential setbacks like job search fatigue, unemployment rates rising, and other pandemic induced challenges.
You'll feel reassured that your experience and job history can and will create a compelling story, so you can start to view yourself as THE one for the job!
#5 We're on your team and here to help you get a JOB
Just like a visit to the doctor when you are sick, or to the a mechanic when your car breaks down, consider working with a professional CV writer to realign and refine your CV and get your job search back on track!
You need someone on your side to connect the value you offer with what companies need. That’s what career professionals do. Professionalism and certification go hand in hand.
Karen Forsman is an esteemed member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC). PARW/CC is the longest standing professional resume writing and career coaching association in the industry with more than 2,000 members and offering four career management credentials.
Your MyNewCV CV writer has the backing, support, and access to the resources of the membership of PARW/CC and other CV writers via LinkedIn Groups and Professional Forums.
CVs that get the job done. And show you can too.
Whether you’re new to the job hunt, or a job seeker that just hasn’t found the right fit yet, a professional CV writer could be just the thing you need to get you to the next level. Don’t let COVID-19 get you down. There are still opportunities out there that we will find for you, together.
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