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Ok, so you had your child, did the stay at home mum thing and now you are ready to get back into the workforce and get away from the goo goo gaa gaa talk!

After some time out of the workforce it can be very daunting for mums who previously had a great career job, stellar results and all the rest.  Many feel that they are no longer able to get the same salary they were on prior to bubs due to the gap.  Others are looking for less responsibility or something local.  Whether you are looking to kick start your career full steam ahead or find a less demanding role – regardless your resume is the all-powerful document that gets you that initial meeting.  This article will outline key tips to help get your resume noticed and feel confident!

1.       Ensure you use laser focused statements, do not waffle.  KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.

2.       Relevance is key!  Read through the key selection criteria and cull, cull, cull.

3.       Are you a mum returning to work but in a different field to your previous career? – Talk up your transferable skill set and adaptability.  Your fresh perspective might just be what the employer is looking for.

4.       Speak to your brand – it’s your asset.  You are a mum, career woman, teacher, wife – what makes you, YOU?  Skills, personality, values all come into play here.

5.       Toss out the Career Objective.  Have a Career Summary or Performance Summary instead.  If you read it and it can apply to anyone, you are not being specific enough.  It must be unique to you.  Being a return to work mum it is particularly important to outline your motivations as employers may question why you are looking to ‘downgrade’.

6.       Achievements are the meat of your resume, not responsibilities.  Do not submit a position description – submit a document that sells your value-add.

7.       Quantify, quantify, quantify or else there is no indication of scope.  It adds credibility.

8.       Avoid overused phrases like ‘proven ability to deliver results’ or ‘accomplished professional’ – detail your results, professional in what specific area?

9.       Avoid the most overused words on LinkedIn such as responsible, strategic, effective, analytical to name a few.  Employers want quantified examples not generic fluff.

10.   Keep your resume to no more than 10 years; remember employers do not want your life story.

11.   Do not put a photo.

12.   Look at your formatting – mix it up, use dot points, make sure it is clear and scannable.  CRABS – Chunkability, Relevance, Accurate, Brevity, Scannable.

13.   Depending on the job or industry – have you considered a social, infographic, video resume?  What will make you stand out?

If you apply these power tips you will pass the 10 second resume skim and avoid the trash pile!

Guest Post

Rachel Bernardo spent her time studying and gaining a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce followed by a Master of Marketing.  From there she excelled in her career from an intern through to Marketing Assistant, Assistant Manager and finally Retail Marketing Manager.  However, now having had her first child Rachel has harnessed her skill of communications and copy writing to be the affordable go to for all things Resume and LinkedIn related.  When she is not writing which is her passion, then Rachel can be found pursuing her other loves – running fit clubs, mum and bub walking groups and healthy eating challenges.

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