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Ngoc Tien Nguyen
Ngoc Tien Nguyen
16:58 31 May 20
Malcolm is a very professional resume expert. He responds to emails promptly and always finish everything on time.... Malcolm also gives me a lot of honest advices and support. He also asked a lot of mind-intrigued questions that give me a clearer view about my career path. Last but not least, he had been able to help me shorten my four-page resume to a career-focused with two pages only along with a wonderful cover more
Erin Carnachan
Erin Carnachan
00:54 17 Feb 20
After googling and researching different companies, I contacted Malcolm to re-write my very old and outdated resume.... Malcolm was quick to respond, gave me an upfront quote and got straight to work. Malcolm worked with me to come up with a professionally written resume that really highlighted my skills and experiences and a cover letter that specifically targeted the job I wanted to apply for. Malcolm has been friendly, professional and efficient. I highly recommend Malcolm from Resume more
T 2020
T 2020
00:07 03 Oct 19
Very prompt, pleasure to deal with. Highly Recommended.. understands how to deliver a quality resume by capturing... career wins in a short and concise more
Natasha Lockett
Natasha Lockett
00:32 28 Sep 19
Malcom was extremely professional and efficient. Yes there are questions you need to provide answers for to Malcom of... course and the quicker you reply to him the quicker your resume is tailored to your needs. Would highly recommend to more
Eliane Lim
Eliane Lim
12:04 27 Sep 19
Great Service! I strongly recommend Malcolm service! He did a fantastic resume for me and I got a job within a month!
Geuel Manaen Manzano II
Geuel Manaen Manzano II
09:44 20 Aug 19
Very professional. Replies promptly. I used the resume he made for my application for Engineers Australia and it... passed. I would recommend him for people who need to update their more
12:35 15 Aug 19
Was so lucky to find these people especially Malcolm. He edited my horrible resume to the top quality written one. He... was also so fast and such professional writer that I could trust 100%. Anyone who needs help with resume writing, I strongly recommend more
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LinkedIn a great tool but can’t replace a well-written resume

This story of mine appeared in The Australian a few years ago (when it had the Weekend Professional Section). It’s worth re-blogging because people often ask me how useful LinkedIn site is. I’ve listed some of their pros and cons.

With the rise of social media, it’s important to remember the traditional strengths of a well-written, tightly structured and accurate resume.

I’m a professional resume writer with a background in recruitment and professional writing. LinkedIn and a resume are two very different tools with different marketing purposes. Here are some of their strengths and weaknesses.

Resumes are the first strike weapon in landing a job. They must grab the recruiter or employer’s attention quickly. This requires persuasive and factual writing aimed at a specific position, rather than an incomplete and discursive narrative often found on LinkedIn sites.

Resumes are targeted and structured career biographies that drive home not only the candidate’s suitability for an interview, but satisfy a raft of other criteria. It must show how innovations and initiatives were implemented, as well as qualitative career experience such as teamwork, management or leadership style. Very few LinkedIn sites do this.

A good resume also demonstrates research. A candidate should understand the contemporary issues facing a business and show how their results-based skills and capabilities, will help solve problems or boost performance.

A resume is formal in tone and language and includes detailed information on accomplishments and key responsibilities. It is also an outbound marketing tool aimed at specific audiences. Unlike LinkedIn, a resume can be edited into multiple versions serving different audiences or focuses.

LinkedIn has more than three million users in Australia. It currently caters mostly to mid and later career professionals. It has become a virtual ‘Rolodex’ for business people. I write LinkedIn sites for clients as a master biography and use considerably more of their experience than I would include in a resume.

A LinkedIn site is less formal and more flexible, able to accommodate a casual first-person voice. It is an inbound marketing tool aimed at getting employers and recruiters to find you – as long as the site is turned on.

LinkedIn’s best feature offers job opportunities, networking potential and niche group conversations. A results-orientated LinkedIn profile is a joy to behold. It flags to headhunters who you are and what you do.

Recruiters also look for ‘passive’ clients. These potential candidates are not actively looking for a job. But fortunately, these individuals comprise the majority of LinkedIn members. LinkedIn is superior to Facebook and Twitter because its content focuses exclusively on professional contacts, sharing, and communication.

I’m still wary about the recommendations and endorsements on LinkedIn as they can be a form of popularity contest. I tell clients to only authentic endorsements.

But many LinkedIn sites in Australia are not active and so far, it has proven to be more popular with professionals in there 40s and 50s rather than young people. For LinkedIn to grow, it needs to target a younger demographic.

One of its prime weaknesses is that LinkedIn sites are not targeted. They float in cyberspace in the hope that recruiters will notice it. Many sites fail even the most basic test of writing a comprehensive career summary and including key words. If you did that on a resume, it would hit the ‘don’t interview’ pile immediately.

Over-writing and lacking a results focus bedevil both resumes and LinkedIn. Far too many applicants include information going back 20 years and list every short course undertaken – including those not completed. With LinkedIn sites there’s room to expand on selling points. With resumes, accuracy, brevity and clarity are crucial.

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Malcolm builds expert resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles, which unleash an unbeatable business case to promote you as a 'must have' asset to an employer.