May has been dominated by political sledging and double talk around the Federal election. I can mutter about how politicians should add value to their communities, but I'm pretty sure they don't care what I have to say!
Instead, I thought about how Churchill could add value to our community during this May Madness?
Thankfully, to distract me from the antics of our politicians and wannabe politicians, I've been buried deep in shortlisting job applications.
Over the last 20+ years, I have interviewed people for roles in the public sector, private sector and community sector. I have seen so many resumes and hired for hundreds of roles. I have sat with HR recruitment specialists and talked to them about what they are looking for in a resume.
With so many applications to read, I have got a pretty good handle on what to look for in a resume and a covering letter.
It's consistently something that people make the biggest mistakes with when they apply for a job.
In shortlisting applicants, I always aim to acknowledge every job application we get, and let them know the outcome, either way.
Usually, I keep it short and sweet: thanks for your interest in our position. Regrettably, on this occasion your application was unsuccessful. I wish you well in your next position. Regards, etc.
But as I've been reading through the many applications we've received, I've found myself sending feedback on resumes and covering letters.
I wasn't sure it would be well received but I figured if I cared enough to share honest, straightforward feedback, there were worst things that could be said about us!
I bit the bullet and I sent out my feedback.
To my surprise, I was inundated with responses: people saying 'thank you', that feedback was rarely given and that they really appreciated it.
Some said they'd even paid professionals to write their resumes and covering letters for them. Based on what I saw, it was a waste of money.
And that's how I came up with the idea for our Election Madness Antidote!
> We would like to offer all May enrollments and existing Alumni a resume and covering letter review.
> Send us an existing resume and covering letter between now and 30 June, and we'll give you honest and objective feedback for FREE.
Career coaches charge you $120 per hour to review just your resume, and we are adding the option to review a covering letter to, representing a $240 saving for you.
And if you're looking for some tips to get started with refreshing your resume, and writing a covering letter that gets noticed, download our Free Guide: 8 Essential Tips to Writing Job Applications.
To be clear, this is not an offer to write your resume or covering letter for you. Your resume and application is your professional story, and you should be in charge of telling it.
Getting feedback on how an audience is receiving your resume is gold. And vital to making it a tool that works for you, not against you.
To book your personal review, upload your resume and covering letter here, and we'll get back to you with feedback.