Why Your CV/Resume Is Not Generating Interview OffersWritten by Gerard McLoughlin
If your current CV or resume is not generating interview offers you want, it is time to start assessing it. Check to see that following descriptors apply: *Begins with a succinct, clearly stated career objective tailored to particular job for which you are applying. *Highlights how your skills and qualifications match company's specific needs.
*Employs appropriate titles for previous jobs to demonstrate clearly that you are suitably qualified for advertised position.
*Gives a concise description of your previous employers - their products, services, industry, etc. - and your role in company.
*Uses PAR statements to describe your accomplishments. P identifies 'problem' you faced; A describes 'action' you took to solve problem; R describes 'result' of action you took.
*Quantifies your accomplishments using numbers, percentages, etc.
*Makes effective use of key words and phrases contained in job advertisement to describe your skills and areas of expertise.
*Every sentence starts with an action word, for example: "increased production by 20% while saving £200,000 in operating costs" Examples of effective action words are: compiled, conducted, created, designed, developed, established, implemented, introduced, invented, maintained, negotiated, operated, organized, produced, and published.
Handing In Your Resignation and Serving NoticeWritten by Gerard McLoughlin
Have you made right choice? Before deciding to resign from your current position and move to a new employer, you should weigh up as objectively as possible all relevant factors: remuneration, working environment, location, travel demands, training and development opportunities, promotional prospects, and your future bosses.
Consider also what impact a job with new company would have on your resume. Once you have received and accepted a formal written commitment from your new employer, you should serve notice immediately.
It is important to behave in a professional manner throughout resignation process. Your character and your personal integrity should never be in question. Be positive; be co-operative; and avoid recriminations.
State that you are leaving company and hand in your letter of resignation at same time.
Be prepared for a reaction. If your employer presses you for reasons, give brief and positive answers. Donít argue or complain. Donít allow yourself to be deflected from your purpose or drawn into a protracted discussion.
Do everything possible to establish a friendly tone and leave a good impression. State that you are leaving because your new employment offers you opportunities for advancement. Your decision is result of careful consideration.
Your written resignation should be concise and definite. Do not go into details or give your reasons for leaving. If you have any grievances, donít express them in letter. Give no cause for animosity. Ask if there is anything you can do to ensure a smooth transition.
In letter, state that you are leaving and when. Give as much notice as possible. Two weeks is generally acceptable, but check your contract or company handbook.