I started out writing resumes for university and TAFE students back in the 1990s. I was a senior lecturer in writing at a university in Melbourne and the students needed help with the ‘sales proposition’.
They’d ask, ‘what are my key skills and capabilities and how do I sell them?’ We’d sit down and map out a response. Every short paragraph had a selling point. Every paragraph was structured to lead the reader to the inescapable conclusion that the applicant MUST be short listed.
In Adelaide, I started writing more manufacturing and service industry resumes. I still do plenty of those and I really enjoy them. I’ve had great success getting people short-listed for jobs and actually getting jobs in a tight employment market.
I have executive professional writing and editing skills and working for the Department of Employment in Canberra helped a great deal.
In the last couple of years I started getting requests from professionals in Canberra and Adelaide to help them target specific jobs advertised on Seek or in the public service.
About one third of my work is spent in partnership with clients who want their resumes and cover letters written for a specific job.
We work together to demonstrate equivalent skills and experience. We dig in to the career history to find gems that attract employers.
People (usually recruiters) ask, ‘Isn’t that cheating?’ No. I help clients articulate and sell their work experience, their training and their personal and professional motivations, when applying for a specific job. Recruiters want to keep their clients happy and so do I.