Employer Needs: Resume

When writing your resume or CV you should always remember that you are trying to convince the employer that YOU are the best person for the job. In order to do this your CV/Resume is your personal sales letter. It must be written from the perspective that it is not 'what can the employer do for you' but a case of ?what you can do for the employer.?

Keep this in mind when creating your CV and ensure that every point you make is one that will highlight how the employers business might benefit from having you on board.

Employers want all the cogs in their machine to be working efficiently and running on time and working towards maximum output. They want to know that you will assist them in keeping that machine (their business) running smoothly.

Don't be afraid to be bold and state 'this is what I will do for you'.

Not all employers know what the intricate aspects are of every vacancy that exists within their organisation. Thus they rely on 'results' that are observable and feedback from their workforce as well as job descriptions that they may have created themselves, had help to create or obtained from an outside source as a standardised document.

If the employer's only awareness of that job function is observable results then you need to discuss the 'results' you have achieved for other employers/organisations on your CV/Resume.

These result's can take the form of achievements in areas that focus on increasing profits, client satisfaction, staff morale/productivity, reducing costs etc. In order for you to know how to sell yourself to the employer and demonstrate that not only do you know what their needs are but that you can fulfil them you need to research the Job and the employing organisation.

Before you can begin writing your resume/CV read the job ads and job descriptions carefully and do some research to find out exactly what those posts entail. You could call the employers human resource dept for more information or do some research via the library or the web. There are forums on the web now for almost everything so you could see if there is an industry specific forum where you can ask what the main needs of employers are in those fields.

When you have identified those needs, see how your own experiences, achievements and skills address those needs. The list them in your personal objective? and as part of the career history details that you provide.

Write a covering letter in the same-targeted way.

Creating tailor made CVs/resumes may seem like a lot of work but if you want your application to stand out in the crowd it is essential that you target your CV towards it's intended audience.

The aim is maximum impact!

What do most employers want?

In addition to technical skills and competencies that relate to the job most employers want transferable skills, i.e.:

  • Good written and communication/interpersonal skills
  • Ability to listen and follow instructions, apply knowledge.
  • Willingness and ability to work with others ? team work
  • Administrative/computer skills
  • Time management
  • Personal Management skills
  • Problem solving
  • Able to find and use information

These skills while not necessarily achieving immediately observable results do contribute to the overall effectiveness of the organisation. So mentioning and demonstrating your transferable skills is as important as highlighting your technical skills.

Identify your employer's needs, and convince them that they need YOU!