Can you help me with my Resume?

I sure can 😀
In fact, ‘resume make-overs’ are how I got started, unofficially, as an HR consultant a handful of years ago.

After many years of recruiting in a variety of industries, I’ve seen thousands of resumes and interacted with hundreds of candidates. I’ve also worked on both ends of applicant tracking software (that system to apply online and upload your resume) and have an insight in how these systems process your resume too. It’s easy to get someone to read a resume you email them directly, but how do you stand out when a computer screens your application? I have a few tricks that will help with this.

Being a recruiter is a tough job. Many people struggle to communicate clearly and effectively about what they want to acocmplish in their next role. Discovering a candidate articulates their ‘why’ and presents a clear message about what they want is a rarity.

By design, a resume is rooted in the past. While past experience and education are important in determining the basics of being qualified, there is a reason that the rear view mirror is smaller than the windshield…we’re not going in that direction. Your resume should include a statement describing what you want, where you’re headed, and the next position you want to fill. Please, on behalf of recruiters everywhere, no more: Objective: to gain employment at your esteemed company. <groan>

That being said, transforming your resume into a document that highlights the past (keywords are important!) and presents your skills, certifications and qualifications effectively can be a challenge. No one wants to read a five -page life story and for most experienced professionals a one-pager just won’t cut it.

The purpose of your resume document is simply to move you to the next step. That’s it.

Kind of like going through airport security, you need to accomplish a handful of important things quickly in order to move you into the next step of the recruiting process. You want a resume that leaves the reader intrigued and interested to meet you. You want the first set of eyes on your resume to be able to rapidly discern that you meet the basic qualifications for the role (this part is easy). Most importantly, you want them to see that you stand out personality wise for the interesting and intelligent human you are and tht you are someone they really want to work with. It’s a little like dating honestly 😉

Let me work with you and your current resume to create a beautifully formatted, unique document that showcases and articulates your skills, states your why, and gets you in front of the decision makers that will look forward to meeting you when they invite you in to interview for a new role.

New Resume and re-design packages start at $155 CAD. Contact me today to get started.

How Can an HR Consultant Help your Business?

Hiring an HR Consultant is a great idea for a number of reasons.

They are specialized in areas such as employee performance management, recruiting, group benefits, disability management, leadership training and more. They are also aware of the legal and other legislative factors that may expose your business to risk if an appropriate solution or process isn’t undertaken.

Practicing HR is more than just providing your employees with a paycheck every few weeks.  Even a few hours a month of the services of an HR consultant can move the needle on initiatives within your business that will translate into more productivity and a happier, healthier workforce.  The behind-the-scenes work of the Human Resources department involves hours of administrative burden and hiring a specialist who is skilled in this professional area of practice can often handle this work in a shorter period of time than someone who hasn’t done it before while upholding the confidentiality of the situation or information involved.

Consider partnering with an HR consultant as the point of contact for your staff or management for support with everyday problems and issues that need practical solutions and solid advice from a skilled and experienced HR professional.

#humanresources #hr #employeeengagement #employeebenefits #managers #smallbusiness

HR can be a headache…

The hardest part of managing people is, well…people.

That’s where I come in.

I am a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with over 16 years of experience in a variety of industries and organizations.  I aim to empower leaders and business owners with the knowledge and advice they need to support their people and carry out their business objectives.

Things I can help you with include;

  • employer initiated termination
  • plans to manage employee performance issues
  • HRIS and payroll software support 
  • preparation and strategies for difficult conversations
  • group benefits plan administration, education, and interpretation
  • disability case management
  • creation of policies, guidelines and employee communications

You don’t need a full time HR department or an employment lawyer but you want solutions for your business that are legally compliant with the Alberta Employment Standards Code and support the culture and your staff.

Your HR headache is where we do our best work!

Contact us today to chat about where we can help.