A CV/Resume built using a competency-based or behavioural-based framework is one of the most powerful types of CV/resume in the market today.
Typically, most of us will have a set of core competencies that we excel at. For example, this may be leadership, decision-making, creativity, relationship building, innovation, commercial awareness etc. The first stage of the process is to identify these competencies and to align them with your target market. Ideally, we would be looking at around 5 to 6 core competencies that both relate to the jobseeker and to the position types that the jobseeker is targeting.
In fact, tests using an independent panel of HR and Senior Recruiters demonstrated that of the 16 Resumes/CVs written with a competency framework in place, 14 were rated “A” Grade and the other 2 “B” Grade. This compared to a sample of 16 Resumes/CVs without the framework where only 7 made the “A” Grade, 3 “B” Grade, and a worrying 6 more were instantly rejected.
Regardless of whether you are using an “Achievements Based”, “Skills Based”, “ATS Targeted”, “Hybrid Styles”, and/or a “Reverse Chronological” CV/Resume (or a mixture of all of these), it’s vitally important that content is built around pre-defined competencies. In fact, upwards of 70% of the resume content will be specifically geared up around these key qualities.
Content is king...less generic and more prolific
Once we have identified those competencies, the next stage is to provide proven and demonstrated statements. The best strategy is to use the STAR (situation, task, action, result) method to extract qualified statements that highlight your achievements and demonstrate core competencies. We are looking to be job specific, and steering away from keyword stuffing i.e. the use of generic terminology, and provide the reader with a proven history of behavioural based expertise (which is often a key determiner of how you perform in the future).
By using the above strategy, we also want to transform bland and generic statements into powerful, qualified, and value-added information that will set you apart from the competition.
By leveraging from a Competency-Based Framework and building 'Job Specific Tailored Content' we have seen upwards of 98.6% success rates across all levels of assignment. We've seen our clients surpass all expectations, with many landing jobs well in excess of their original salary expectations and CV/Resumes continuously appearing in the Top 5% of all job applications.. That's an outstanding success for us and our clients.