Resume Tips

When you work with AVIDEXEC, we will assist you in “promoting” yourself in the best possible way, helping you highlight your accomplishments and the added-value can offer a company lucky enough to attract you.

Your resume needs to demonstrate the value that you will bring to that particular employer and job.  As a result, you will have several variations of your resume, each tailor-made to that specific employer and position.  Remember,  your resume is your marketing sheet.  It should clearly say “This is why you should hire me for this job!”

  • Why a Good Resume Works – Who Said It Needs to Be Two Pages!
     Your resume needs to be a door opener, by way of getting the attention of the Hiring Manager.  Ensure that you demonstrate what you can do for their organization by clearly identifying your success patterns, providing succinct and concise information and accomplishments that speak to the overlay you bring to the position, showing your transferable skills, measurable accomplishments and soft skills utilization. Remember, its also important to demonstrate any direct or indirect industry knowledge you possess. Creating a well thought out and “get to the point” resume , that is easy to read, will  get you an interview – which is what you want. Don’t worry how many pages it is; albeit don’t write a book!
  • Resume Formats and Styles You Should Consider
    Dependent on what position you are applying and how it correlates with your current or past experience, usually prescribes your access to one of 3 resume styles:

The Chronological Resume is the most common, preferred and is easiest to decipher for the employer or recruiter due to its summary of your career history. It should provide your education, any designations you possess, and associations that you belong to that make sense in terms of the job for which you are applying.  As well, you will provide a current-to-past historical listing of your jobs   (do not go back more than 10 years), the companies and your corresponding employment dates.  In each job listed, you will also provide a  summary of your responsibilities and accomplishments for that position.  Ensure that you include quantified (numbers or values that are measurable) along with qualified results – numbers always tell the story for a future employer.  Lastly, included a listing of your  interests, hobbies and community/volunteer works.

Take Note: Make sure you have continuity with spacing, font and that it contains no spelling or grammatical errors. It should always be accompanied by a cover letter that further highlights and explains why they should interview you.

A Functional Resume is often utilized when you want to highlight your accomplishments and transferable skills, helping you organize these thoughts under pertinent headings and/or categories that speak to thew specifics the role you are interested in is requiring.  A simple listing of your employment history, that includes corresponding dates, company names, position title.

A functional resume can be very useful when you are stepping outside your current career path but feel you have the applied and transferable skills needed. You need to ensure that your accomplishments are quantitative and qualitative, demonstrating the result of that effort. IE: Developed an employee engagement initiative that had a direct result in reducing staff turn-over from 10% per annum to 3% per annum, ultimately reducing recruitment costs by $500,000 in year.

CV or Curriculum Vitae is a longer and more detailed version of a resume, often delving much further into your education, academia, published papers, research, and affiliations. It is quite common in the academic, scientific, research, and consulting fields.