The Competency Based Resume Framework - You'll never look at your CV/Resume in the same way again

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.>

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. 

Results of using a Competency Base Resume

So, what is a competency-based framework?

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.

Then we need to build the content

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).

Make it interesting and tell a story….

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. The following is an example of a transformation built around commercial awareness:

1) “Grew sales by $40,000 per annum by introducing new products to market.”

2) “Identified gaps within existing markets, worked with targeted businesses in those markets to align ABC product offerings with their business needs, led the full sales life-cycle, successfully signed 4 new clients, adding $40,000 per annum (on track for 140% growth vs. budget for FY19)."

Statement number two was extracted using the STAR (situation, task, action, result) technique.

 

Next, we need to tailor the resume

To achieve the best possible returns for the client, the next stage is to tailor the resume. By leveraging from a Competency-Based Framework + Job Specific Tailored Content we've seen upwards of 98.6% success rates across all levels of assignment. That's an outstanding success for us and our clients.

Is this framework used for all position levels?

The short answer is yes. Even the most junior candidates will have core competency and performance traits that we will use and highlight. In fact, we love nothing more than transforming a candidate who underestimates their self-worth and building the confidence you need to achieve their career goals.

 

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